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How to Take Care of Prescription Sunglasses

September 26, 2022

Are you in the market for prescription sunglasses in New York? If so, knowing how to take care of your specs will help keep them looking great. Here are a few of Raffy’s recommendations to keep your sunglasses in tip-top shape.

Rinse First

Like other surfaces, glasses accumulate dust and debris. These particles may be too small to see, but they could damage the surface. Protect your sunglasses by rinsing them with water before spraying or cleaning them to prevent unnecessary scratching.

Go Micro

Cleaning your lenses with tissue or paper may be tempting. However, lenses are especially sensitive and require special care. At Raphael Opticians, we suggest using small microfiber cloths specifically designed for lenses. The material is soft yet effective for cleaning and should be washed by hand.

Smart Storage

Keeping your glasses protected is really a matter of storage. We recommend having a case for every pair and storing your glasses immediately after use. Consider storing a glasses case in your handbag or car's glove compartment for easy access. While cloth containers take up less space, hard cases offer added protection.

Safe Spray

Cleaning your glasses or sunglasses with a glass spray is one way to keep them looking their best. However, be sure to use the right product since other sprays could damage your lenses. Multipurpose household cleaners effectively clean glass but are unsafe on sunglasses. (That’s because ammonia in cleaning products ruins the lens coating.) Instead, opt for eyeglass cleaning sprays to protect your prescription lenses.

Air Dry Them

Glasses and sunglasses are often damaged due to superficial scratches. With that in mind, give your glasses an extra layer of protection by touching them as little as possible. Rinse with water before air drying. Consider cleaning your glasses at night to allow time to dry.

Be Firm

Protecting your frames is another way to keep your glasses in good condition. Avoid accidental bending by maintaining a firm grip on your frames. If you notice gradual wear or loosening on older frames, it may be caused by routine wear from your dominant hand.

Keep Track

Putting your glasses where they belong helps keeps them safe and sound. Try to store your case in a consistent spot so as not to misplace your glasses. We also advise against setting them on the table, counter, or any other exposed area to prevent accidental breakage.

Straight Ahead

You may be tempted to perch your sunglasses on the top of your head, but we wouldn’t suggest it. Frames sometimes become misaligned when worn incorrectly. By the same token, facing your glasses the wrong way when setting them down could scratch the surface. Keep your eyewear protected by wearing and storing them properly.

Keep Covered

Just like with household cleaners, glasses are sensitive to other chemicals in the environment. It is not advisable to set your glasses on a vanity or bathroom sink because of potential damage. Products such as perfume, hairspray, or makeup could break down the anti-reflective coating. If you do need to remove your glasses momentarily, place them slightly out of reach or in a protected case.

Final Thoughts

Taking care of your prescription sunglasses in New York can help prolong their wear. Do your best to prevent scratching, bending, or superficial damage to keep yours in good working order.

At Raphael Opticians, our commitment to quality is second to none. We’ve been in business for 58 years and pride ourselves on excellent customer service. Let us help you find the perfect pair of scratch-resistant sunglasses from a business you can trust. We welcome any questions you may have and look forward to your visit.