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10 Ways You Abuse Your Eyeglasses Without Even Knowing

November 25, 2016

From Reader’s Digest  BY DINA BERLINER
Even with insurance, eyeglasses can be pricey. Here’s how to keep them in good shape and make them last.
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You take them off with one hand
You’d never think anything of it, but did you know taking your glasses off with one hand can actually damage the frames? Grabbing the side of your frames to take them off your face can actually bend them over time, according to Nancy Kirsch, a New York state licensed optician and director of the Essilor Eyewear Center at the SUNY College of Optometry. “If you are first compelled to take your glasses off with one hand, then you should do it from the center of the frame where the bridge is and not pull on one side,” she says. “When you pull on one temple it stretches them out.” If tugging at the bridge feels awkward, you can also take your frames off with both hands, one on each side, instead. Here are other secrets eye doctors won’t tell you.
You don’t put them back in a case
Many people don’t even use the case their glasses came with. Leaving your glasses around the house, putting them in your pocket or throwing them in your purse mean they’re more likely to get scratched. The solution? When you’re not wearing your glasses put them in a case. These natural remedies can give your vision a boost.
You put them on top of your head
By putting eyeglasses on top of your head when not in use, you could stretch them out over time, Kirsch says. This may be especially true for reading glasses, since they’re often taken on and off. “It’s not a bad idea to get a cord around your neck so you don’t lose them,” Kirsch says, adding people should “get over the idea of making yourself feel like you’re an old lady or an old man.”
You use your clothes to wipe the lenses
A smudge on your glasses can be extremely irritating, but, unlike a scratch, it’s only temporary. The fibers in clothing can scratch your lenses or leave small pieces of lint that will annoy you even more, so consider grabbing the lens cloth you got from the optician instead. If that cloth has long been lost, grab a paper towel and some water, Kirsch says. The Wall Street Journal suggests running glasses under warm water, applying a small amount of dish soap and drying with a cotton cloth.
You leave them on your windshield
Thick plastic frames are a popular trend, but they may not stand the test of time as well as metal frames—especially in the heat. “Leaving your glasses on the dashboard of your car, especially if you have plastic frames, the heat through the windshield can make the glasses soften and they can get out of shape that way,” Kirsch says. Leaving them near other heat sources, such as radiators or the stove, probably isn’t a good idea either. Here are other items you should never leave in your car.
You fold them and put them face down
It may seem like a good idea to fold your glasses and put them on a flat surface, but this can actually end up scratching the lenses if they’re lens side down, Kirsch says. Storing them back in a case is always a safe bet, but if you must, it’s better to put your glasses down with the lenses facing up.
You let other people wear them
Sometimes a friend or family member is curious about just how bad your vision is, so they ask to try on your glasses. Turns out you should kindly decline, because letting other people try on your glasses is another way the frames can be stretched out, Kirsch says.
You try to glue them back together
Despite exercising the best practices, sometimes your glasses just break. You don’t want to spend the money on a new pair so you quickly glue them back together. Good, right? Nope. “You shouldn’t try to crazy glue them back together because what happens is that the lenses themselves may be able to fit into a different frame for you, but if you get crazy glue on the frame or the lens you can’t pop them out,” Kirsch says.
You exercise or play sports with your glasses on
You still need to see when trying to catch a ball or even go on a jog, but wearing your glasses can end very badly. Instead, consider investing in protective sports eyewear, which is made from special material to safeguard your eyes during sports and physical activity.
You fall asleep with them on
This one is pretty obvious, but falling asleep with your glasses on is a big no-no. The frames will likely get misshapen when you lay down, or worse, you can roll over them. Do yourself a favor and take them off if you feel yourself nodding off.

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4 Comments
  1. Some handy advice. Thanks.
    I have been wearing glasses for about 15 years now, and found out the hard way one shouldn’t use a glass cleaner, either. Glass cleaners contain vinegar, which will cause the lenses to fog over time.
    As for some of the other offenses; I do pull them off, and sometimes put them on with one hand. I don’t place them down on the lenses, though. I’ll fold them and let them rest lens side up, which helps prevent scratches, but aids in the collection of dust. Then, I’ll all too often wipe them with my shirt. I try, however, to bear in mind how rough said shirt is. As I cannot see clearly without them, I don’t raise them to the top of my head, but do pull them forward to dig gunk buildup out of my eyes, which is also hard on the frames.
    Perhaps these are the reasons I often have to lightly tap one side or the other, trying to get them aligned to stop the eye/headaches or vertigo feelings I get. It’s not like I can replace them as often as the Optician recommends. It is cost prohibitive for me.
    Thanks for this informative post!

    • Until reading this I never realized it was hard on the glasses to pull them off with one hand. I have a lens cloth, but use my shirt more often. I have computer/reading glasses and my trifocals, but I find it easier to read sans glasses so I either slip them down my nose or let them dangle from one arm in my mouth. My husband just got new glasses the week before he went hunting. He lost them somewhere around the tree stand and it took 2 days of looking to find them. He had managed to run over them with the quad. Luckily, the damage wasn’t as bad as it looked and the techs at the eye doctor’s office repaired them.
      For the eye gunk, you might want to consider taking magnesium. My neurologist recommended it for my seizure disorder and it helped a few other problems I had, including eye gunk. You might try 250-500 mg at bedtime for 3-4 weeks and see if you get any improvement. A word of caution: it does make your bowels looser. I don’t remember how long I was on it before noticing the gunk was gone.

      • Thanks! If I can remember, I might try to get the bill payer to grab me some. It is annoying, but I’d rather the gunk than the piercing pains caused by a combination of the misalignment of the lenses and stress-related high blood pressure I’ve been getting lately.
        As for not using them, my script isn’t very strong, but I started wearing them all the time when I first got them, and now everything is blurry when I take them off, no matter the distance.

  2. Like you, I’m tired of things being blurry all the time. I volunteer at a nursing home and one of the ladies had cataract surgery. Now she no longer needs glasses. My cataracts have not reached the point of needing surgery, but I hope they can do the same for me. However, I’ve been wearing glasses since I was a young girl so I’ll probably still find myself pushing them up on my nose even though there’s nothing there!

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