Eye Health Info – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png Eye Health Info – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 What Type of Reading Glasses Do I Need? //wp.readers.com/blog/type-reading-glasses-need/ //wp.readers.com/blog/type-reading-glasses-need/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 20:10:21 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=15287 Curious as to which of the many types of reading glasses you need? Try our simple flowchart to discover which lens type suits your needs!   Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses. […]

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Curious as to which of the many types of reading glasses you need? Try our simple flowchart to discover which lens type suits your needs!

 

Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.


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How Did My Reading Glasses Get So Dirty? //wp.readers.com/blog/how-did-my-readers-get-so-dirty/ //wp.readers.com/blog/how-did-my-readers-get-so-dirty/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:58:57 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14918 Whether you’ve worn glasses for years, or you’re new to the reading glasses game, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how quickly your lenses become dirty even though you don’t ever remember touching your lenses. Many of us make a conscious effort to not touch our faces for many health and hygiene reasons – but try as we […]

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Whether you’ve worn glasses for years, or you’re new to the reading glasses game, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how quickly your lenses become dirty even though you don’t ever remember touching your lenses. Many of us make a conscious effort to not touch our faces for many health and hygiene reasons – but try as we might, our lenses still end up with unknown spots and smudges. What you may not realize is that on average, we touch our faces 15 times an hour*. In addition, we are exposed to all kinds of elements throughout the day, causing debris to stick to the lenses of our readers.

We decided to investigate the most common ways the lenses of your readers can become dirty while going through your normal daily routine…and the end result surprised us.

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It’s easy to see that you don’t have to actually touch your lenses for them to become dirty. Are there other ways that are a common nuisance for you? Comment below!

 

*Sources: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene A Study Quantifying the Hand-to-Face Contact Rate and Its Potential Application to Predicting Respiratory Tract Infection

 

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A Guide To Ordering Bifocal Reading Glasses //wp.readers.com/blog/a-newbies-guide-to-ordering-bifocals/ //wp.readers.com/blog/a-newbies-guide-to-ordering-bifocals/#respond Tue, 06 Mar 2018 19:55:15 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14299 If you find you are having problems with close-up vision but your distance vision is unhindered, bifocal reading glasses might just be the answer!  We know that if you’re purchasing a pair of bifocals for the first time it can be difficult finding the answers you’re looking for. To assist you in finding the right […]

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If you find you are having problems with close-up vision but your distance vision is unhindered, bifocal reading glasses might just be the answer!  We know that if you’re purchasing a pair of bifocals for the first time it can be difficult finding the answers you’re looking for. To assist you in finding the right pair of bifocals that fit your optical needs, we’ve provided answers to frequently asked questions, along with information on our Readers.com bifocals.

What are bifocal reading glasses?

Bifocals are lenses that have two focal points. At Readers.com, our bifocal readers have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses.

The unmagnified upper section helps you focus out in the distance while doing activities such as driving, watching tv, cooking, etc. On the bottom of the bifocal lens you will select your reading power, which helps you see up close while doing activities such as looking at a map, reading a book, sewing, and following a recipe.

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Doesn’t “bifocal” mean a lens has two focal points in it?

It does! Although the top of the bifocal lens is clear (also known as “plano”), it allows you to see at a distance without correction, giving the lens two focal points: the unmagnified upper lens and the lower bifocal insert portion.

 

What are bifocal sunglasses?

Like our regular bifocal readers, these sunglasses are unmagnified at the top, and have your reading power in the bottom portion of the lens. The bifocal power helps with seeing your speedometer, writing on a scorecard, reading a compass, etc. If you are an avid fisher you will love how our polarized bifocal reading sunglasses allow you to see out into the water and also look down to bait your line or remove the prized fish you just caught.  

As an added bonus, all of our reading sunglasses are UVA/UVB protected!

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What are customizable bifocals?

Customizable bifocals are perfect for people who have different powers in each eye, but the top of the lens still cannot have power added.  If you have a need for customizable bifocals we highly encourage you to check with your eye doctor to confirm your reading power before ordering, as these glasses are custom-made at our local lab and are non-returnable and non-refundable.

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Do you carry no-line or executive bifocals?

No–to be accurate, no-line bifocals do not exist. There are lenses called progressives, which we do not carry, and are commonly confused as no-line bifocals. These are different because they have multiple focal points and not just two.

Executive bifocals are lenses that have the bifocal power across the entire width of the bottom section of the lens, rather than the half moon (“flat top”) bifocals our readers have.

 

Is it possible to order power in the top portion of the lens?

Since our glasses are pre-manufactured and cannot be changed, it is not possible to order bifocals with a different magnification in the top and bottom of the lens.

 

Still have questions?

Didn’t see your question answered above? We’d love to assist you! Just ask your question in the comments and we’ll make sure you receive an answer.

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Disclaimer: All references to “bifocals” herein refer to readers having unmagnified lenses containing a “bifocal style” single powered reading glass insert located in the lower portion of the lenses.

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Everything You Need To Know About Computer Glasses //wp.readers.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-computer-glasses/ //wp.readers.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-computer-glasses/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:30:03 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14362 Computer, phone, and television screens have become an integral part of everyday living. We look to screens to tell us the weather, update us on the lives of our loved ones, read books and newspapers, and to look up a new recipe for dinner. It’s safe to say that turning to our screens has become […]

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Computer, phone, and television screens have become an integral part of everyday living. We look to screens to tell us the weather, update us on the lives of our loved ones, read books and newspapers, and to look up a new recipe for dinner. It’s safe to say that turning to our screens has become second nature. With all of this screen time, it is only natural that our eyes are bound to suffer. Digital Eye Strain appears in the form of eye fatigue, headaches, dry eyes, and difficulty sleeping, but it can be prevented with the use of computer glasses.

Here is everything you need to know about what computer glasses are, the impact of blue light, how to choose the right computer reader power, and much more:

Now that you know you should be using computer glasses, it’s time to start shopping for the perfect pair for your vision needs. If you still have questions about computer glasses, we encourage you to comment below.

 


 

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4 Reasons Why Computer Readers Are Effective //wp.readers.com/blog/4-reasons-why-computer-readers-are-effective/ //wp.readers.com/blog/4-reasons-why-computer-readers-are-effective/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 21:16:38 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14166 We rarely look anywhere that there isn’t a screen glaring back at us. According to the Vision Council more than two thirds of us suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS.) Staring at screens for any length of time can cause fatigue, headaches, dry or red eyes, blurred vision, and even eye twitches. All of these […]

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We rarely look anywhere that there isn’t a screen glaring back at us. According to the Vision Council more than two thirds of us suffer from Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS.) Staring at screens for any length of time can cause fatigue, headaches, dry or red eyes, blurred vision, and even eye twitches. All of these symptoms are associated with CVS. Because screens are here to stay, it is important to look out for your overworked eyes. One way to alleviate your eyes and lessen the effects of CVS is to consider a pair of computer reading glasses. Computer readers are designed to optimize your eyesight when you’re looking at digital screens. Here are just a few reasons computer reading glasses are effective:

 

1. Reducing glare

We’ve all experienced the point in our day when our eyes begin to feel strained and our vision begins to blur. These obstacles make focusing on your work nearly impossible. Computer reading glasses feature a special coating and yellow/melanin tints designed to keep fatiguing screen glare at a minimum.

2. Keeping you focused

A good pair of computer reading glasses can help keep you focused in the zone. When shopping for your computer power you must remember that as long as your device is over 18 inches away you’ll want to shop for half of the power  of what you need for your reading glasses, since your computer screen is typically farther than a book would be. For dual powered computer readers you would still shop by your reading magnification because they automatically adjust for your computer strength.  

3. Perfecting your posture

It is common to catch ourselves leaning forward in our chairs to try to compensate for less than perfect mid-range vision. This type of poor posture leads to neck pain and also makes for an uncomfortable day. If this sounds familiar, a pair of computer readers may definitely be worth a try.   

4. Getting the most out of your glasses

Do you wear one pair of reading glasses everyday for work, reading, and hobbies? You might find that these “trusty” glasses that you’ve relied on for so long are not great for long term computer use. If you find your eyes more fatigued than usual and you are experiencing neck or back pain, a pair of computer readers that you keep at the office or on your coffee table may be just the solution.

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Do I Really Need Reading Glasses? //wp.readers.com/blog/do-i-need-reading-glasses/ //wp.readers.com/blog/do-i-need-reading-glasses/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:13:19 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14077 Have you found yourself questioning if you may need reading glasses? If so, we hope this post will clarify and provide the answers you are looking for. You’re Getting Headaches Rubbing your eyes a lot or getting frequent headaches? You actually may be ready for your first pair of reading glasses. With eye strain, you […]

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Have you found yourself questioning if you may need reading glasses? If so, we hope this post will clarify and provide the answers you are looking for.

You’re Getting Headaches

Rubbing your eyes a lot or getting frequent headaches? You actually may be ready for your first pair of reading glasses. With eye strain, you must make sure that you are properly taking care of your eyes and taking some breaks by looking away from your book or screen. The universal rule given by doctors is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

You’re Aging

Aging happens to the best of us. Around the age of 40, many individuals will begin to form presbyopia. Presbyopia is the fancy word for blurred vision when doing minor activities. This is a natural progression that will come with each birthday closer or after 40. The natural and simplest solution for presbyopia is reading glasses. Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you can’t age with style. There are hundreds of reading glasses that can match all outfits for you.

Your Texts and Handwriting are Enlarged

Have you adjusted your font size on your phone to something larger recently? Maybe you’re looking at your grocery list and noticing how big your handwriting has become. If so – it’s time you think about readers. Enlarged fonts or handwriting is an indication that you aren’t seeing things like you use to.

Do any of these sound familiar? If you’ve related to some of these points then we suggest you get a pair of readers pronto! Everyone deserves to see clearly, so let us help out! Check out hundreds of our readers and pick something that fancies your style. If you don’t necessarily know what your exact power is, we suggest printing off our Diopter Chart. From there you’ll be able to find which readers are best for you in seconds.

Comment below with your recent purchase and let us know what you think.

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Which Reading Glasses Size is Best For My Face? //wp.readers.com/blog/which-reading-glasses-size-is-best-for-my-face/ //wp.readers.com/blog/which-reading-glasses-size-is-best-for-my-face/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:49:33 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=13834 Just like tennis shoes, T-shirts, and baseball hats, reading glasses come in different sizes, too. And while the physical size of glasses frames is incredibly important for fit, it’s often something that people don’t think about. Read on to learn how to measure your face size, and how to shop for glasses that will feel […]

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Just like tennis shoes, T-shirts, and baseball hats, reading glasses come in different sizes, too. And while the physical size of glasses frames is incredibly important for fit, it’s often something that people don’t think about. Read on to learn how to measure your face size, and how to shop for glasses that will feel and look great on you!

Step 1: Measure Your Face Width

The first step to finding the perfect pair of readers is to measure the width of your face. Don’t have a ruler handy? No problem. To make things easier for you, we’ve created a printable ruler! You can download the ruler by clicking here. When printing, make sure that you select “Actual Size” in the printing settings. This will ensure that the ruler is not cropped or altered.

Once you print the ruler, cut along the dotted lines. You will use this paper ruler to measure the distance between your temples, which will be needed to find your glasses size.

Step 2: Select Readers That Match Your Face Size

Once you find the distance between your temples in millimeters, determine which reading glasses size will fit you best! At Readers.com, we use millimeters to define the following reading glasses sizes:

Very Narrow: 123mm and under
Narrow: 124-129mm
Average: 130-136mm
Wide: 137-140mm
Very Wide: 141mm and over

Look at how wide your face is in millimeters. Under which size does it fall? If the number is close to multiple categories, you might be able to wear readers that fall under both groups. Most online retailers include glasses measurements on their product pages, so be on the lookout! Some retailers might even allow you to filter glasses by frame widths, which makes sorting through the selection easier.

Once you know your reading glasses size, check out our face shape guide to help find glasses that will complement your features. Happy browsing!

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LASIK Eye Surgery Giveaway! //wp.readers.com/blog/LASIK-eye-surgery-giveaway/ Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:41:02 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13613 This contest is now closed.  Most of us have heard of or know someone who has had LASIK eye surgery to improve their vision. Now’s your chance! This fall we’re paying for one lucky winner to get LASIK eye surgery. At Readers.com we’re dedicated to improving eyesight and making our customers happy. From how to […]

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This contest is now closed. 

Most of us have heard of or know someone who has had LASIK eye surgery to improve their vision. Now’s your chance! This fall we’re paying for one lucky winner to get LASIK eye surgery. At Readers.com we’re dedicated to improving eyesight and making our customers happy. From how to enter the giveaway to information about LASIK eye surgery, here’s what you need to know.

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What is LASIK eye surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is a surgical procedure that improves vision and decreases dependence on contact lenses and prescription eyewear. Thousands of people have the procedure done every year to correct eyesight problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

The procedure itself is pretty quick — it only takes about 15 minutes total to operate on both eyes! The surgeon uses a laser to reshape your cornea so that light is correctly focused when hitting the retina. To see if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery, take this quiz.

How do I enter the LASIK eye surgery giveaway?

You can apply to win LASIK eye surgery by going to our entry page. No purchase is necessary to win and the cutoff date to enter the giveaway is November 13th, 2016. If you are looking for more information about life after LASIK eye surgery, check out our blog post. Good luck!

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How to Stop Annoying Eye Twitches //wp.readers.com/blog/eye-twitch-causes/ //wp.readers.com/blog/eye-twitch-causes/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:12 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8369 Eyelids feeling twitchy? The fancy scientific word for this condition is Blepharospasm, which comes from “blepharo” (the Greek word for eyelid) combined with “spasm” (an uncontrolled muscle contraction). These eyelid twitches, or tics, happen to many of us from time to time and can actually be hereditary. If you suffer from occasional eye twitches, chances are at […]

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Eyelids feeling twitchy? The fancy scientific word for this condition is Blepharospasm, which comes from “blepharo” (the Greek word for eyelid) combined with “spasm” (an uncontrolled muscle contraction). These eyelid twitches, or tics, happen to many of us from time to time and can actually be hereditary. If you suffer from occasional eye twitches, chances are at least one other family member of yours does, too.

The good news is that even though having twitchy eyes is annoying, the condition is rarely serious and often goes away by itself after a few hours or after a good night’s sleep. It’s also easy to lessen the frequency and duration of twitches. Keep reading for how-to tips!

Avoid Eyestrain

Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can cause your eye muscles to protest. Try holding a hand outstretched and keep it perfectly still. It won’t be long before your arm muscles tense and protest, then begin to quiver and twitch. The same thing happens to your eye muscles if you stare too long at a screen, or if you keep your eyes focused straight ahead for hours at a time, squinting to make out glare or small print text.

Download Eyes Relax or another timer application for your computer that will remind you to take vision breaks. Also, consider a pair of computer reading glasses (more on that here) that will help with glare. For more ways to beat eyestrain, check out these 10 tips to ease the pain.

Relax

Stress can also cause eye twitches and tics, which is why they always seem to happen at the worst possible time — like just before you’re scheduled to give a presentation or need to meet a deadline. Avoid last-minute reviews of your text. The combination of normal stress and eyestrain can cause your lids to flutter awry.

Treat Your Body Right

Fatigue can definitely bring on a bout of twitchy eye, as can the overuse of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. Staying well hydrated can help mitigate their effects and keep the electrolytes that control muscle action in balance.

Stop Twitches Before They Start

Keep a bottle of artificial tears on hand and use them when your eyes start feeling scratchy due to allergens, smog, or other environmental irritants. Giving your temples an occasional finger massage can be another good source of prevention.

If the Twitching Continues

Most eye twitches are harmless. But if they last more than a few days or spread to the corner of your mouth or other facial muscles, consult your eye doctor or physician. You may have an eye infection or another treatable condition.

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For even more on how to ease daily eyestrain and eye twitching, read up on these special tips on making your smartphone and tablet easier on your eyes.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Readers //wp.readers.com/blog/beginners-guide-to-readers Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:13:26 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13478 So it’s time; you begin to have trouble reading the fine print in front of you. We’ve been there; coming to the realization that it’s time to wear reading glasses can be a troubling feeling at first. Don’t worry; we are here to help you see how easy it can be. Our team’s goal is […]

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So it’s time; you begin to have trouble reading the fine print in front of you. We’ve been there; coming to the realization that it’s time to wear reading glasses can be a troubling feeling at first. Don’t worry; we are here to help you see how easy it can be.

Our team’s goal is to provide you with the roadmap to your new path, to prevent you from making any wrong turns along the way. We hope to offer information about reading glasses in general, with some small pieces of advice that we found helpful. We also understand that everyone is different. Therefore we offer different tips tailored to match different lifestyles. Please, allow us to help you bring your life into focus.

Each section provides an assortment of advice that helps you incorporate readers into your life:

-What Is My Reading Power

-Which Frame Works Best For Me

-Making My Readers Last

What Is My Reading Power:

The first step we recommend taking when you begin to notice a cloud of fog is obscuring the text in front of you is to see an eye doctor. While online tests and other methods can be helpful in determining what power you need, they will be even more accurate if you have some basis of what your true eye prescription is. An eye doctor will provide you with the precise information you need so you can make the best judgment on where to start. Be aware that the glasses sold at the doctors can be pricier than other options. You can find specialized readers online for the same quality, but lower price.

As you age, your eyes age with you. We recommend using our Power Finder Guide to determine if you need to move up or change powers. Remember, if you decide to take the test – always refer to the lower power, meaning if you can see +2.5 and +2.25 clearly, use the +2.25 power.

Be aware that wearing readers does not weaken or strengthen your eyes in the long run. Choosing to not wear readers can only cause temporary headaches or eyestrain. If you are experiencing these symptoms while wearing readers, it might be due to an incorrect power or fit, be sure to consult your doctor and the company you bought from to ensure you have the right fit for your eyes.

Lastly, if you are in need of a powerful strength and are worried that your eyes will be blown up through the lens magnification, consider wearing aspheric lenses. Using the same technology as cameras, aspheric lenses weigh less and reduce distortion without compromising optical quality.

Which Lens Type Works Best For Me:

While there are numerous decisions to make with frames and styles, we recommend starting off with something simple: decide if you need fully magnified or bifocal lenses.

Fully Magnified

  • Entire lens is magnified.
  • Typically worn only for a short period.
  • Most common pair with the widest variety of colors, designs, and shapes.

Pro: Provide a full clear vision when working on detailed tasks or single-focused projects. 

Con: Frequently having to take glasses on and off when switching between near and far-sighted views.

Bifocals

  • Bifocal readers have unmagnified lenses which also contain inserts with the magnification of your choice in the lower portion of the lenses.

  • Common to wear for long periods throughout the day.

  • Popular styles include reading sunglasses which allow you to use your readers outdoors and still have protection from the sun.

Pro: A solution for those who find it tiresome having to take their glasses on and off throughout the day.

Con: Can be difficult adjusting to the different magnifications for those wearing readers for the first time.

Something you may learn in the coming months is the frustration of misplacing your readers. As you settle into bed, turn your lamp on, and open up your book, you realize you cannot remember where you last placed your readers (unfortunately, our eyesight isn’t the only thing that fades as we grow older). If you are not prepared this will happen to you and trust me, no one wants to get out of bed to search for a pair of glasses. When you purchase your first pair of readers, be sure to buy more than one pair. You’ll thank us later.

Computer Readers

If your job entails looking at a computer screen for a multitude of hours, then be sure to check out computer readers. These glasses are designed to protect your eyes from the glare of the screen to prevent eye strain. The lens also has a modified magnification to adjust for the typical distance between your eyes and the computer. Check out this post to learn more about the benefits of computer readers.

Take a second and go over your daily routine. Think about when and where you’d need readers throughout the day and prepare ahead. For those of you who like to read the morning paper, keep a pair of half frames in a kitchen drawer, while having another pair at work or in your room. Blue Readers Case Check out all the different cases and accessories that you can store your readers in so you don’t have to search around each time you need to read.

Finding the Right Frames for My Face

If you need help finding a pair that matches your face, check out our face shape guide. Once you know what power and frame you want, go to Readers.com where you can find a wide selection of options and styles.

To find the best fit, make sure that you choose the correct size for your face. No matter how much you like a certain style, if the frame is too narrow you will be disappointed with how they look and feel on your face! Use our printable ruler to learn more about which readers will fit you best.

If you are still stumped, call our customer happiness team, and they will help you find the perfect pair that matches not only your facial texture but your lifestyle in general.

Making My Readers Last

The goal in this section is not to repeat common rules, but to provide you with handy tips to ensure that the quality glasses remains the same as the day you bought them.

  • Blue Microfiber ClothMicrofiber cloths are your new best friend. We strongly suggest having a couple of different ones placed in your car, workspace, kitchen, and bedroom.
  • When dirt, sand, or dust get on your readers, run the lenses under water, add a touch of dish soap and then use your fingers to wipe away any remnants.
  • Do not use paper towels, tissues, or other household rags to clean or dry your glasses. The texture can cause scratches on the lenses. Use the microfiber cloths that you now have handy all over the house!
  • To avoid your glasses from stretching, be sure to use both hands when putting your glasses. Never put your glasses on top of your head for that same reason.
  • Taking your glasses on and off is even more frustrating when you have to search for a safe place to set them down. One way to get around this is to wear a cord or chain attached to the frames. With a wide selection, find one that matches your style and taste.

For more detailed specific information, learn more on our maintenance and cleaning page.

If you have any personal stories, advice, or tips you would like to share, please feel free add comments or suggestions so we can continue to update our information so that no runs into trouble as they bring their life back into focus.


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