Summer Eyewear Care: How to Protect Your Glasses and Sunglasses in the Heat

Summer Eyewear Care: How to Protect Your Glasses and Sunglasses in the Heat

As summer temperatures rise, it's crucial to take extra care of your glasses and sunglasses. Extreme heat can cause significant damage to your eyewear, leading to issues such as lens crazing and frame warping. Here are some essential tips to keep your eyewear in top condition during the summer months.

1. Avoid Leaving Eyewear in Hot Cars

One of the most common mistakes is leaving glasses or sunglasses in the car, especially in the top storage compartment or on the dashboard. The interior of a car can reach temperatures well above 100°F (38°C), which can cause:

  • Lens Crazing: High heat can lead to small cracks or crazing on the lens surface, affecting clarity and reducing the lifespan of your lenses.
  • Frame Warping: Extreme temperatures can warp plastic frames and loosen the fit of metal frames, making them uncomfortable to wear.

Tip: Always carry a protective case for your glasses and bring them with you when you leave the car, or store them in the center console where temperatures can be a bit lower for short periods.

2. Store Your Eyewear Properly

Proper storage is key to maintaining your eyewear. Here are some guidelines:

  • Use a Hard Case: A sturdy, hard-shell case protects your glasses from physical damage and keeps them safer from extreme temperatures.
  • Keep Away from Direct Sunlight: Avoid leaving your glasses on windowsills or outdoor tables where they are exposed to direct sunlight for prolonged periods collecting heat. They can protect your eyes, but not themselves.

3. Handle with Care

When it comes to cleaning and handling your glasses, follow these best practices:

  • Use a Microfiber Cloth: Always clean your lenses with a microfiber cloth and remember, rinse first to avoid scratches. Avoid using paper towels or clothing, which can be abrasive.
  • Proper Cleaning Solution: Use a lens cleaning solution designed for eyewear. Avoid household cleaners, as they can damage lens coatings. In a pinch, hand soap without added lotion or moisturizers can do the trick.
  • Rinse Before Wiping: If your lenses are dusty or sandy, rinse them with water before wiping. This prevents scratching from abrasive particles.

4. Regular Maintenance

Keep your glasses in top shape with regular maintenance:

  • Tighten Screws: Check the screws on your frames regularly and tighten them if necessary. Loose screws can lead to misalignment and discomfort.
  • Adjust Fit: If your frames become loose or uncomfortable, visit your optician for adjustments. Proper fit ensures comfort and optimal vision.

5. Protect Your Eyewear from Sunscreen and Oils

While sunscreen is essential for your skin, it can be harmful to your eyewear:

  • Avoid Contact: Be careful not to touch your glasses with sunscreen-covered hands. The chemicals in sunscreen can degrade lens coatings and damage frames, particularly in the case of nylon frames (such as most sport sunglasses).
  • Clean Regularly: If your glasses do come into contact with sunscreen or oils, clean them promptly with a gentle lens cleaner.
  • Deep Clean ASAP: If using your eyewear at the pool or beach, be sure to quickly rinse and clean them once your back at your room to prevent further chemical damage.

6. Invest in Quality

High-quality eyewear is more likely to withstand the challenges of summer heat:

  • Opt for Durable Materials: Consider lenses made from materials like Glass, Hivex or Trivex, which are more resistant to haet and chemicals (salt water in particular!
  • Coatings Matter: Anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings can enhance the durability of your lenses and protect them from everyday wear and tear, but may make the lenses less resistant to heat and chemicals.

Enjoy Summer with Clear Vision

By following these tips, you can ensure that your glasses and sunglasses stay in great condition throughout the summer. Remember, taking a little extra care can go a long way in preserving your eyewear and maintaining clear, comfortable vision.

At That Glasses Guy, we’re here to help you with all your eyewear needs. Whether you need advice on lens materials, frame styles, or care tips, visit us for personalized service and expert recommendations.

Stay stylish and see clearly this summer!

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