Dr. Vivienne Velasco and her iFocus Vision Center team have a saying around the office: “When your eyeglasses are not on your face, they should be in your case.” It’s a simple reminder that, no matter how “unbreakable” your lenses and frames may be, you must always go the extra mile when it comes to protecting your prescription eyewear.

“Glasses can last many years if they’re properly taken care of,” Dr. Velasco explains. “You just need to know the do’s and don’ts of eyewear care.”

What You Should DO to Get More Life from Your Glasses

  • Use Two Hands – “Always remove your eyeglasses with both hands,” Dr. Velasco says. Over time, the hinge on the temple can bend and eventually break when constantly removed with one hand. Typically, when the hinge is broken, it cannot be repaired.
  • Clean the Right Way – Prescription lenses and coatings are very delicate and susceptible to scratching. To lengthen the lifespan of your lenses, always clean them with a microfiber cloth, and use a spray solution rather than soap.
  • Get Creative – Ready to swap out your old toothbrush? Dr. Velasco says you can use it to clean the dirtiest part of your glasses. “Nosepieces can get grimy, use a soft toothbrush along with mild soap and water,” she says.

What You Should NOT Do With Your Glasses

  • Shirts Can’t Clean – Dr. Velasco recommends an approved microfiber cloth for cleaning eyeglasses, NOT your shirt, a paper towel, or tissue. “Just because something is soft to the touch does not mean it is safe for your lenses,” she says.
  • Leave Them In the Car – You should not store prescription glasses with anti-reflective coating in your car, especially during the hot Las Vegas summer months, because the heat can destroy the treatment on the lens.”
  • Leave Them Anywhere Else – Your glasses should always remain in their protective storage case, Dr. Velasco says. Leaving them on the counter, nightstand, your pocket, or someplace else increases the risk that they can be damaged.

For iFocus Vision Center patients, peace of mind comes at the point of purchase. iFocus patients are able to take advantage of unlimited adjustments and repairs. Some glasses need to be fixed following unexpected accidents, others simply need repairs over time, depending on the frames.

For example, frames made out of plastic materials need to be adjusted more often than metal frames, because the heat from your face can loosen up the plastic over time, Dr. Velasco says, adding that, over time, lenses may also turn yellow due to sun exposure and age. When that happens, it’s time for a refresh.

iFocus Vision Center remains open with strict guidelines in place to protect patients and staff members. Patients with an urgent need are seen by appointment only, and iFocus offers curbside pickup for eyeglasses or contact lens refills. To schedule an appointment, contact us at 702-473-5660.