Proper Spectacles Care
Wearing and Removing Spectacles
Take them off using two hands, instead of one. This keeps the temples and ear hooks in the right alignment. Taking them off using one hand stretches them and makes them loose.
Do not put your glasses on the top of your head. This can distort the shape and may cause the frame to be misaligned.
Proper Cleaning of Spectacles
Use lens cleaning spray and spray a small amount on both sides of each lens. Using a microfiber soft cloth, gently wipe the lens in one direction from the nose pad to the temple. Refrain from rough cleaning of tough spots and dirt at home. It is recommended to bring your spectacles back to the optical shop for a more thorough cleaning and maintenance of your spectacles at least every 6 months.
Do not use shirt, tie or handkerchief to wipe the lens. The fibers and dirt in these cloth will gradually damage the coating of the lens.
Adjustment of Spectacles
It is common for the spectacles to be misaligned with daily use especially for active children. Thus it is recommended to go back to your optical shop at least every six months for the maintenance of your spectacles. The spectacles will be examined for wear and tear, tighten any loose screws, check the fit again, just as if it were the day you bought them and make sure they fit well. Any replacement parts needed are usually supplied for free or for a nominal charge.
Do not use super glue on any parts of the spectacles as it can cause irreversible damage to the frame and lens. It is always advisable to bring the spectacles to an optical shop for repair as even a simple over-tightening of the screw by the amateur hands can cause the tracking to be worn off.
Proper Storage of Spectacles
When you take your spectacles or sunglasses off, put them in the case to keep them from getting scratched. A hard case that open and close is better than a soft pouch or a slide in casing as the act of slipping them in can rub against the lenses and cause minute scratches, which your eyes perceive as haze. Any particles, scratches, or tiny hairline fissures will make it harder for you to see perfectly through your spectacles, especially at night or in dim lighting conditions. If you aren't putting them in a case, at least make sure the lenses are up, away from any surfaces. With modern technology, many lens are scratch resistant nowadays however, bear in mind that the lens are not scratch proof thus proper care of spectacles is important.
Do not lay your spectacles or sunglasses lens down on hard surfaces as this will increase the risk of scratching the lens.
Remember these pointers:
leave spectacles and sunglasses in the car especially on a hot day as the temperature in the car soars rapidly within minutes reaching more than 40 degrees Celsius especially in Singapore! Exposure to high temperature such as in cars and saunas, can cause disruptions to the lens coating and may also cause internal cracking of the lens. These irreversible damage of the lens induces lens haziness when you look through them.
attempt to fix back lens that has dropped out due to misalignment of the frame or dropped screws. Usually the lens need to be precisely aligned due to the focusing points or the prescription of specific angles in the lens. Switching the left and right lens, inverting the lens upside down or rotating the lens off axis can cause visual disturbances. This is sometimes difficult to detect immediately especially for young children who may not be able to verbalise well and wearing the wrong prescription for young children can affect normal visual development. Always bring spectacles and sunglasses back to the optical shop for repairs.
take a minute or two to clean your spectacles, sunglasses or contact lens at the end of the day before storing them properly. Proper and comfortable optical aids provides you with clear vision and safe protection of your eyes for long-term great eye health!
make regular visits every 6 monthly to your optometrists for proper eye checks and also optical aid maintenance. A good eye care provider is as important and complementary to your general practitioner doctor in looking after your well being!