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Spotless Spectacles

Friday, February 13, 2015

There are only a few things as wonderful as putting on a new pair of glasses and seeing the world crystal clear again – trees have leaves, clouds have shapes and colours are bright.

But, as anyone who owns a pair of spectacles can tell you, they have a mystical power. The power to get dirty. How many of us just quickly rub our glasses clean on our shirts, tissue or a piece of cloth close by? Although this method may prove effective, it should be avoided as it scratches the lenses.

Follow these tips on how to clean and care for your glasses, so you can enjoy that new-glasses-feeling a little longer:

  • When not wearing your glasses, always carry them in their case. This will prevent them from getting bent and scratched.
  • Take your glasses off with both hands and don’t wear them on your head. This might sound silly, but by doing this your glasses keep their shape and you won’t not stretch the frame out. 
  • Do not push your glasses back up your nose on the nosepiece. This will put strain on the nose pads and wear them out quicker. Rather move your glasses back by holding your lenses – thumb on the bottom and fingers on the top of the lens.
  • Never put your glasses down on the lenses, as this will cause scratches. 
  • Avoid leaving your glasses or sunglasses in the sun on the dashboard, the heat will damage both the frame and the lens coating. 
  • When wiping your glasses either use a damp cotton cloth or a microfiber cleaning cloth (normally included with your purchase). Hold the glasses gently and don’t rub too hard. 
  • Rinse your glasses off under lukewarm water, this will wash away bits that can scratch your lenses when you wipe them. Be careful that the water is not too hot. You can also use glass lens spray or methylated spirits that you can buy at your local pharmacy. 
  • Never use your fingers or nails to scratch spots off your glasses. This might seem like the easiest way to get a stubborn spot off, but it will scratch the lenses. 
  • For stubborn spots, you can use a little dishwashing liquid or hand soap with lukewarm water. Gently pat them dry with a soft cotton cloth. 
  • Breathe on your glasses or hold them under a light to see if you’ve missed a spot, then wipe them clean.
  • Visit your optometrist twice a year to have your glasses serviced. Not only will they check the screws and nose pads, but they’ll also refit the glasses if they are bent. 
  • Think about putting a string on you glasses to keep them from falling off when you’re active.
  • Never let other people try them on, this will stretch out the frame.

Now, there’s nothing in your way of always seeing life clearly, except for when it rains, when you take something out of the oven or drink coffee, when your glasses magically disappear, rollercoasters and 3D movies. Make sure you’ve got them covered in any circumstances by insuring them under your Portable Possession insurance policy.

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