Sunglasses are easy to damage. We pull them on and off our eyes all day as we wander between inside and out. They get dropped into our purses and crash around in our houses and on our vehicle dashboards. Often, we abuse them, but we shouldn’t as they are an accessory that needs to be cared for. How do you properly manage your designer sunglasses in such a way that they’ll stay protected while remaining easily accessible? Whether you wear prescription shades or just the ordinary kind, read along to gain a few tips and tricks on caring for your stylish sunglasses.
Purchase a Case
Having a separate, sturdy case for your sunglasses might seem like an additional bit of luggage, but there’s really no way around it. If you find yourself fishing around in your handbag to pull out your summer lenses, you really need one in order to avoid scratching the lenses on loose keys or pens or coins. That additional bit of eyeglass protection will go a long way to helping protect your shades.
Use the Case
You might have purchased the case but do you use it? Sunglasses are a big part of living an active, outdoors lifestyle which can sometimes mean that you’re moving between sun and shade quickly. However, you should try to avoid storing your sunglasses by propping them on top of your head because this can damage the structure, or setting them down on surfaces that can scratch the lenses. If you’ve paid for the case, try to use it in order to keep your shades looking as good as new.
Clean Them Carefully
How do you clean your sunglasses? Do you fog the lenses then rub them with the tail of your T-shirt? If so, you are risking scratching them with abrasive materials like polyester and you could also unintentionally damage any anti-glare coating. Instead, treat your glasses like fine glassware and wash them with lens cleaner and the soft microfibre cloth that usually comes with most pairs of glasses. If that’s a bit too much to lug around, toss a few individually packaged lens cleaning wipes in your purse.
If the screws come loose in your sunglasses, you risk them falling apart entirely. Check them regularly to ensure that the arms are securely attached and tighten them with a small screwdriver if needed. Most optometrists will also assist you with missing screws or small repairs, if needed, or you can purchase a care kit to help you keep them in good condition.
When you find a pair of sunglasses that you love and that look great on you, you’ll want to keep them looking sharp. Use this guide to make sure that your sunglasses will live the length of the summer and make you look the best you can while protecting your eyes from the season’s strongest sun.