Tarnished vision is only one of the health issues associated with the modern era we live in, and the causes are numerous. Whether the cause is genetics or the fact that you spent more time on the computer than the other kids did, one thing is for sure, you ended up with a prescription in one hand and glasses in another. But let’s be real, it’s not the worst thing that could happen. After all, wearing glasses can also be quite a fashion statement. With all the different shapes and styles, one can hardly say having to wear glasses is as bothersome as it used to be.
While everyone probably told you all about the best fit for your face shape, they probably never told you about how they manage the fog in the winter, or what to do when your glasses aren’t as firmly adjusted as they were when you first bought them. We’re here to let you in on some tips and tricks that make all the difference in the world for those of us with four eyes.
1. Dish soap- to fight the fog
Those who have been wearing glasses for years know how frustrating it can be to take a walk on a brisk morning and end up not being able to see the ground in front of you because your glasses fogged up. Well, some genius out there discovered that dish soap is amazing at fighting fogged up glasses.
Simply rub a little lotion free dish soap on your lenses, wait for the soap to dry, and then gently remove the excessive portion of it with a cleaning cloth or an old cotton T-shirt. The dish soap chemicals create a coating on the glasses that will keep your spectacles from fogging up. Try it out and thank us later. (note: Avoid dish soaps with alcohol, vinegar, ammonia, and bleach because they can destroy the coating on your glasses.)
2. Avoid extreme temperatures
When left in the heat frames will often become warped, loosen the embedded hinges and/or expand the frame making the lenses loose. The heat can also damage the coating on the lenses. Polarized sunglasses left in the heat will become warped and result in poor optical quality. Anti-reflective and scratch resistant lens coatings left in the heat can result in the coating cracking or becoming ‘crazed’. So grab those glasses out of the car before heading inside, you’ll thank us later when you don’t have to tilt your head for your glasses to fit normally.
3. Two hands are better than one
Loose frames are a hassle that can be easily avoided. When removing your glasses, stick to the rule of two hands. Take your glasses straight off using both hands and try to avoid using just one hand to remove them. It may sound kind of menial, but do you remember those glasses that you used to love? Chances are it’s the glasses that have shifted and not your ears.
4. Glasses aren’t headbands
We’ve all worn our glasses on our head because they were in the way or because it was just convenient but what you may not have realized is that you were slowly ruining your glasses. Wearing glasses on top of your head can lead to three different problems. First, they’ll get stretched out and no longer fit properly. Second, the oils and products you use in your hair will gradually build up deposits in the grooves where your lens sits and are very difficult to clean. Third, your hair rubbing on the lenses will scratch the lenses over time.
The best thing to do when you’re not using your glasses is to take them off and either set them aside or put them away in their case. Although, we have to admit we’re terrible at this, so don’t feel bad.
5. Tighten with nail polish
No matter how well you care for your glasses one constant frustration is that those pesky little screws are going to loosen over time. Well thankfully someone found out that if you put a little dab of clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them they will stay tight longer.
There are tons of tips out there for those of us that wear glasses but like most things, experience is the best teacher. So, put on those glasses and learn what works best for you. If you have a favorite tip or trick that we didn't mention we'd love to hear about it!