Proper Eyewear Maintenance – How to Protect Your Investment

Excellent eyeglasses aren’t cheap, so it’s important to know how to take care of them so that they last for the length of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about ensuring the longevity of your glasses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If you have a great pair – or set – of high-quality designer eyewear, you want them to last as long as possible. This not only helps you ensure the best functionality of your glasses, but it also helps you save money, since you won’t have to replace them as often. It’s also a sustainable strategy, because buying inexpensive glasses several times per year increases waste.

Here are a few practices you should adopt if you want to extend the life and beauty of your glasses.

  • Avoid scratching lenses. Keeping your glasses scratch-free starts with keeping them in the case when you don’t need to wear them. This includes while applying beauty and grooming products (hairsprays, body sprays and perfumes, and any creams or astringents that could get transferred to the lenses). Topical products can erode lenses, so it’s best not to even have them exposed while you’re applying them, especially if they’re being sprayed. Making sure your glasses are always in their case protects them from accidental cracks, scratches, and breaks.

  • Clean your glasses properly. Did you know that the oils on your skin can leave a residue on your frames over time and eventually damage them? Washing your glasses gently but thoroughly approximately every month can help keep the buildup at bay. Start by running your glasses under a gentle stream of warm – not hot – water. Use a tiny amount of moisturizer-free dish detergent and gently cleanse the frames and lenses with your fingers. Thoroughly rinse your glasses, removing all traces of detergent. Finish by drying your glasses with a microfiber towel.

  • Always purchase well-made eyewear. Your initial eyewear investment is as important as your maintenance strategies in determining the longevity of your glasses. OptiExpress offers a wide variety of beautifully crafted designer eyewear from some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Some of the eyewear brands we offer includes Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, and more.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.