Caring For Your Glasses

Caring for Your Glasses


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Glasses are an investment that should last at least 1-2 years with proper care. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to get the most from your purchase by properly cleaning and storing your glasses, and what to do if problems arise. 

How to Clean Glasses

Properly cleaning your glasses is essential to keeping them in good shape. The opticians at Mountain View Optical recommend our specially formulated lens cleaner to keep your lenses looking clear and smudge free. This cleaner is made without alcohol, so it will not damage your frame or lens coatings. If you find yourself without a spray bottle handy, you can also use a mild dish soap and lukewarm water to clean your lenses. Do not use hot water, as it can damage your glasses. Always use a clean microfiber cloth for drying. Avoid using paper towels or t-shirts, as these will allow dust and dirt to rub across the lens surface, causing small scratches that become more noticeable over time. Microfiber cleans better than other materials because it lifts and holds dust and dirt, keeping it off the surface of your lenses. 

Another great way to keep glasses clean is with an ultrasonic cleaner. This type of cleaning machine uses ultrasonic vibrations to loosen trapped dirt and particles from hard to reach places. This results in a superior clean that will leave your glasses looking like new. 

How to Store Glasses

Storing your glasses properly is another great way to extend the life of your purchase. Always store your glasses in a protective case. It is a good idea to wrap your glasses in a microfiber cloth before placing them in the case. Keep lenses facing up when placing glasses on a hard surface. Glasses should never be left in a hot car or tucked into a shirt pocket. Additionally, keep glasses out of the reach of children and pets. 

How to Wear Glasses

Glasses should be properly fit by an optician. Worn correctly, glasses will not only feel better, they will also help you to see better, and may extend the life of your eyewear. Follow your optician’s advice when selecting frames. Poorly fitting eyewear often wears out quickly and can easily become damaged. For example, frames that are too small may be over stretched, which can wear out the hinges. Frames that are too large may slide onto the cheeks, causing oils to build up and wear away at the finish. Some fitting problems can be solved with a simple adjustment. Always consult an optician to have your eyewear adjusted. Avoid wearing glasses on top of your head, as this can cause stress on the frame, and may lead to damage. If you don’t wear your glasses all the time, consider a glasses chain or eyewear retainer to keep them accessible at all times. 

Common Repairs

Glasses get a lot of use, and sometimes they need repairs. Fortunately, most repairs can be completed by an optician in a matter of minutes. Nosepads, screws, and nylon fishing wire are all examples of parts that usually require a quick and easy fix by a skilled optician. More serious damage, such as when a metal or plastic piece breaks, may take longer to fix or even be beyond repair. In any case, do not attempt to make repairs on your own. This can make the problem worse, or void the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Taking care of your glasses is an easy way to get the most out of your eyewear purchase. To purchase cleaning products or schedule a repair, call or text (907) 328-2920. You can read all of our blog entries at


Written by: Gina Stafford COA, LDO, ABOC

Posted in: Alaska Ophthalmology, Eye Doctor in Alaska, Glasses, Patient Education

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