If you wear a pair of glasses, you’ve probably noticed how easily they tend to get dirty or scratched. And this is a big problem, because dirty or damaged lenses can, in the long run, damage your eyesight.
That is why today we decided to explain to you everything you need to keep your glasses clean and cared for. Let’s get started!
All it takes is a moment – a fingerprint left on the lens, a bit of dust, or simply moisture in the air – and our glasses become dirty, giving us that uncomfortable feeling of blurred vision. It is therefore necessary to clean the lenses.
What to use?
First of all, we must avoid making the situation worse by using the first thing that happens to us: T-shirts, sweaters, scarves, shirts, ties, are all fabrics that risk damaging the surface of the lenses irreparably, because they often have seams or inserts. Even paper towels are no good, as they are abrasive.
The best choice for cleaning the lenses of eyeglasses (both prescription and sunglasses) is a microfiber cloth, which removes grease and moisture without scratching: to be clear, it is the one you find in the case when you buy them. Of course, this cloth should also be cleaned from time to time: wash it by hand with warm water and mild soap.
How to do it?
To achieve optimal cleaning of your lenses, it’s not enough to just breathe on them and over them and then rub them (as most of us do). You have to do something more: for example, use specific liquids or sprays.
Alternatively – given that these products have a cost – you can always resort to washing with water, which allows you to completely eliminate all residues, without doing any damage.
Let’s see how to do it in 5 steps:
Moisten the lenses with lukewarm water. Never exceed 80° C and avoid sudden changes in temperature (which can damage the anti-reflection treatment).
Pour a few drops of dish washing detergent or hand soap (which are pH-neutral detergents, therefore NOT AGGRESSIVE) directly on the lenses and rub gently with your fingers, being careful not to scratch with your nails.
Rinse well, again with lukewarm water, until all residues of foam and dirt have been removed.
Dry lenses and frames with a soft cotton cloth (no paper!).
Finish cleaning by rubbing the microfiber cloth.
Prevention is better than cure
So far, we have seen how to carry out cleaning operations on glasses. However, you can also think about how to prevent the problem, preventing dirt and debris from depositing on the lenses. In this way you can save yourself the entire washing process and, what is more, prevent worse and irreparable damage such as scratches (which are impossible to remove: a scratched lens must be changed).
Here, then, are our suggestions on how to take care of your glasses.
When you are not using them, always put them in their case (preferably a rigid one). Do not put them in your bag or pocket, where they can be subject to rubbing, abrasions and so on.
If you do not have the case handy, always put them down with the lenses facing up. Otherwise, if you notice that you take them off and put them back on very frequently, you can consider attaching them to a string to keep them around your neck: it will also help you not to lose them!
Keep them away from sources of heat or intense cold, because many models are not suitable to withstand extreme temperatures. So, avoid placing them on metal or plastic surfaces exposed to the sun (like the windshield of your car). And remember, it does not matter what material the lenses are made of: significant thermal changes can damage both plastic and glass.
A final tip for taking perfect care of your glasses is to have them cleaned every 6 months by ultrasonic immersion. This is a very effective intensive cleaning process that only an experienced optician can do.
If you drop by one of our stores, we will be happy to offer you this and many other services.
Choosing the Right Eyeglasses for Your Face
Surely you’ve experienced it first-hand: finding the right pair of glasses is really difficult. How many times, seeing a model on display, have you thought “That is just what I need!” and then, trying it on in front of the mirror, you had to change your mind?
This is because there are so many parameters to consider: hair color and length, skin tone and, last but not least, the morphological characteristics of the face. Today we will focus on this last aspect.
So let’s see what models are recommended and those to avoid depending on the type of face.
This category includes those with an “important jawline” (Ridge from Beautiful, for example), with a wide jaw and cheekbones, accompanied by a high forehead.
For these people, the most suitable glasses are those capable of softening the square shapes of the face, therefore with thin round, oval or cat-eye frames.
This is the face with ideal proportions and perfectly balanced parts, with a narrow (but not too narrow) forehead and chin and rather low cheekbones.
In this case there is no specifically recommended type of eyewear, since the face is already harmonious in itself. So, the only suggestion we can give is to try not to ruin this harmony created by the set of features. Therefore, frames that follow the shape of the eyebrows should be preferred.
If you are really looking for ideas, you can try the mask models, which never go out of fashion.
Those with narrow jaws and foreheads and close cheekbones have a facial shape that resembles that of a rectangle.
For these people, the advice is to try to attenuate the feeling of length of the face. In this sense, glasses with narrow frames and high lenses are ideal. Alternatively, you can resort to frames with a very accentuated rounded or squared horizontal design (therefore as little flat as possible).
A little secret for those in this category: glasses with a low bridge can reduce the space between the forehead and nose, and therefore “shorten” the face.
Let’s come to a classic: the chubby face, the one with a fairly narrow jawline, wide cheekbones and high forehead.
In this case the objective is the exact opposite of the previous one: to try to lengthen the face and make it look less rounded.
Glasses that lend themselves well to this aim are those with a thin, light frame and – above all – contain clear, angular or oblique lines (absolutely no rounded lines!). Another trick is to prefer models with the side temples positioned high up.
We come to a particular shape, but actually not so unusual, the triangular one. This is when a face starts out with a wide forehead and, as it descends downwards, narrows more and more, until it reaches a very small jawline.
The task of the glasses, in this case, is to attenuate the feeling of narrowing of the lower part of the face and, therefore, to highlight the eye area.
For this purpose, frames that have a straight and wide upper line are perfect: so a big OK for “butterfly” models or cat-eyes. Glasses without a lower edge are also very suitable.
Other features that may be useful are thick side arms (as, for example, in Wayfarer glasses) and the bridge placed at the top (because it increases the distance between the forehead and nose).
The last case is that of those who have a narrow forehead and chin, with wide and high cheekbones.
We recommend oval- or rounded-shaped glasses for these people, as the curved corners are able to soften their features (which would otherwise be too hard). Alternatively, models without frames are also fine, since they soften a face that is in itself angular.
And you? What is your face shape?