Everyone who wears glasses knows that the day they break will inevitably come. Whether it’s from sitting on them, having them fall off your head, or for no discernable reason at all, it’s frustrating to buy a new pair…or two…or four. Make sure you’re protecting your glasses the right way and save yourself time and money by following these eight easy tips to keep your glasses in one piece.
Use Your Case
It may seem intuitive, but many people don’t actually use the case that came with their glasses to store them. Make sure that anywhere your glasses go—in your purse, in the car, on your night stand—that there’s a case or holder waiting to protect them.
Don’t Use Them as a Hair Accessory
One of the top reasons glasses break is because they fall off people’s heads. When propped on top of your head, glasses can easily tumble off and can also stretch out, shortening their lifespan. When they’re not on your face, get in the habit of storing your glasses properly in a case.
Take Off Your Glasses Correctly
Most people take off their glasses by grabbing one side to pull them off. This is the wrong way to take off glasses because it will loosen the screws and inevitably lead to broken frames. Instead, take your glasses off by grabbing the nose bridge or by gripping both sides of the glasses to distribute weight equally.
Workout With Care
Playing sports or doing any kind of moderate physical activity with your glasses on can almost guarantee that you’ll be paying for a new pair soon. If you really need glasses in order to see while engaging in activity, look into protective sports eyewear, which is made from impact-resistant material and designed to protect your eyes during physical activity.
Avoid Extreme Temperatures
If you leave your glasses in your car during a cold winter day or in your beach bag under the hot sun, they’ll probably break. Extreme hot and cold temperatures can damage the lenses as well as frames made from glass—causing the glass to break, or the frames to stretch.
Look Into Memory Metal
Many eye doctors now offer titanium-nickel frames that are extremely lightweight and can bend and return to their original shape. If you know that you’re hard on your glasses, talk to your eye doctor about materials that bounce back.
Keep Tools on Hand
Keeping a small eyeglass repair kit in your purse or your car can help improve the life span of your glasses. If you regularly tighten the screws on your frames, they’ll last longer and have less chance of breakage.
Look Before You Sit
While this may seem like common sense, one of the biggest reasons glasses break is that people sit on them on the couch or in their car. Don’t be that person—protect your new frames by looking before you sit.