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Keep Your Readers as Good as New

When you take the time to find a pair of specs you love, the last thing you want to do is go through that whole process all over again because the pair you spent so much time finding is damaged. So, once you find something to wear, a little cleaning can help make your purchase last for years.

Store Your Frames Safely Between Uses

At ReadingGlasses.com, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to help you keep your frames clean and safe. This is why we include a complimentary travel pouch or case with every pair we sell.

Protecting your reading glasses starts before you ever put them on. When you’re not wearing your frames, keep them either inside their case, or hanging safely around your neck using a cord or chain. Don’t stick them inside your purse or pocket without protecting them, since dust or lint could easily scratch the lenses.

The Best Way To Clean Your Lenses

Chances are, you know that cleaning your glasses with your shirt isn’t a good idea. Your clothing picks up dust and other particles as you go through your day, and these can leave small scratches grow until they form a hazy blur that no amount of polishing can take care of.

We include a special microfiber cleaning cloth with every pair of frames purchased, but if you don’t have yours handy, any piece of clean, dry cotton should do. To clean your lenses:

  1. Clean your hands to remove any excess oils or dirt.
  2. Run your lenses under warm tap water and apply your cleaning solution. Dedicated cleaning solutions are great, but every day hand soap works in a pinch. Be careful not to use too much, as doing so can result in unsightly streaks on the lens.
  3. Rinse off your glasses thoroughly, and then gently tap them against your palm to remove excess water.
  4. Dab them clean with your towel or cleaning cloth.
  5. Enjoy your freshly-cleaned glasses!

Avoid Paper Towels and Alcohol-Based Cleaners

The wood fibers in paper towels are small enough not to bother our skin, but they can scratch a pair of reading glasses as quickly as dirt or other substances can. Stick with cotton towels or a micro-fiber cloth whenever possible.

Avoid using any cleaning products that have alcohol in them. While these are fine for glass lenses, the chemicals will eat away at the plastic, or cause the protective UV coating to peel.

Keep Your Frames In Shape

Cleaning your lenses might keep your vision clear, but only if you also care for the frames that hold them. Whether you opt for plastic or metal frames, you’ll keep them feeling like new by following a few simple steps:

  • When you take off your reading glasses, use both hands to remove them gently off your face. Avoid pulling them off to the side with one hand, since this can distort the arms and hinges over time.
  • Don’t wear your glasses on the top of your head, since this can cause the temples to bow outwards and over time, resulting in an uncomfortable fit on your temples.
  • If you have plastic frames, don’t let them sit on the dash of your car or in direct sunlight. This can soften them, causing their shape to distort.

Special Cleaning Instructions For Your Frames

When you’re cleaning your lenses, pay special attention to the part of your frame that rests on your ear, since the oil from your hair, gel, or other products can cause discoloration. Use the same warm, soapy water, but don’t be as afraid of using pressure to try them off since scratches on the arms are far less noticeable.

Avoid soaking your glasses, since this can weaken any adhesives used to make them. The water can also cause the metal joints to distort or corrode with long term exposure.

Cleaning Your Nose Pads

The nose pads on your glasses keep your frames resting comfortably on your face, but their design makes them susceptible to gathering dust and oils, which can cause unsightly discoloration. To clean your pads, you’ll want either a soft-bristle toothbrush or some Q-tips.

Get your cleaning tool wet, and gently work the dirt and grime loose. If you need to, you can use a dab of rubbing alcohol, but be careful not to get this on the lens. Once you’ve removed the discoloration, rinse off the frames and let them air dry.

We Choose Lenses That Are Easy To Care For

Our lenses feature the latest in optical technology to make them thin, light, and distortion free. Their unique “aspheric” design, where the lens has a special non-spherical shape, offer you best-in-class clarity. This design also reduces the eye magnification effect, so your own eyes won’t appear distorted when viewed through the lens.

We call these our “Natural Vision” lenses because they allow you to view the world with the same field of vision as someone who doesn’t rely on glasses. Natural vision lenses also feature a scratch resistant coating that filters out more than 95% of harmful UV rays, giving you protection and making them easier to care for.

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