Caring for Eyeglasses and Your Eyes
Here are some valuable tips on caring for your prescription eyeglasses.
Always clean your glasses under flowing water with a few drops of washing-up liquid. Rub them dry with a soft cotton or microfibre cloth. If you do use lens wipes to clean your lenses, make sure that they still contain enough moisture to do the job properly. Otherwise they will start to leave a streaky film on the lenses. Stubborn marks such as splashes of cooking fat can best be removed with a commercial glass cleaning solution–or in your optician’s ultrasonic bath.
Protect your eyewear and your vision.
• If your eyeglasses have coated plastic lenses, never expose them to extreme sunlight at high temperatures (e.g. on the dashboard of a car parked in the sun)
• When you’re not wearing your eyeglasses, store them in a hard case
• Never put your glasses on a hard surface with the lenses facing downwards
• Using an anti-fogging agent in winter will ensure your eyeglass lenses do not fog up when there is an abrupt change in the temperature
• Use a high-performance anti-reflection coating on your lenses to keep additional light reflections at night out of your eyes.
Vision at the Computer
Reading glasses are not often suitable for computer use because they can only handle a close-up range up to 40 cm. What makes more sense for computer use are eyeglasses designed to guarantee smooth vision even in the extended close-up range. Additionally,
• Look away from the screen frequently and take small breaks to relax the eye muscles
• Increase the font size on the screen so it is more easily read
• Blink, blink, blink regularly to avoid dry eyes
• Make sure your screen, keyboard and mouse are correctly positioned before you start working
• Use an ergonomically correct sitting posture to avoid fatigue.
Look after your eyes – they are irreplaceable!