This post is dedicated to all of us nearsighted people- who see those thin little pharmacy glasses sold for 9.99 and think to themselves: “yeah, right”‘, and who take off their glasses and need a rescue team to find them again.
I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.
I’ve been wearing serious glasses since I was 6, so I believe I am qualified to give you some day-to-day layman’s tips on how to keep your glasses in decent condition- and basically try to postpone the inevitable trip to the optometrist shop to replace the scratched and worn out ones you keep believing are “great just as they are!”
This post contains all the mistakes I went through over my almost 50 years of wearing glasses -at least the ones I remembered doing, though I’m sure I forgot some along the way. you can be sure that if there’s a way to wear and tear something- I’ll be the first in line. told you already- I’m not a gentlewoman, and gentle things are much better off around other people.
Since this is the situation- I learned to adapt. and since my glasses are not cheap- due to some swirl in my eyes- which disqualified me from going through the laser operation (good thing too- I was horrified, I know this sounds childish, but that’s the way it is). I did wear contact lenses for a few years- but couldn’t handle the hassle and the dry (thus red)eyes I kept having.
At some point, I simply decided I look much more intelligent with my glasses -and that was that. since then it’s been me and my glasses!
#1: Glasses like their case.
Every store will give you a sturdy case when you purchase your glasses. please think of it as the glasses’ home. for years I kept throwing my glasses wherever I was, then wondered where they were, why they kept falling off the nightstand?? and when they fell- why did they have to get scratched. true wonder no doubt.
#2: where are my glasses??
Speaking of tip #1: the easiest trick I’ve learned is to keep keys and glasses at a designated place in the house and under no circumstances am I allowed to leave those 2 anywhere else. the risk is simply too high.
#3: “I will never use my t-shirt/sweatshirt/sweater as a substitute wiping cloth!!!” (write 100 times on the board Bart Simpson style).
This is a crucial tip people.
I will not disclose the number of glasses I ruined this way.
Every store selling glasses will hand out a few designated microfiber wipes for your glasses. don’t lose them- they are washable and durable- and also can be purchased online if needed. ( but why spend money if you can get it for free?). keep those wipes in every bag you use+inside the case (tip #1). don’t be tempted to use anything else- assuming your glasses are prescription ones like mine- every scratch will be visible- and detrimental . justdon’t. you will thank me later.
#4: Learn to use a precision screwdriver to fasten the little tiny screws !
really why drive to the store only to watch the salesperson take out one of these scews and fasten the loose screw? these cost just a few $ and are also useful for gadgets and other electronics around the house.
#5: buy 1-keep 2!!
A long time mistake of mine was to use the same pair of glasses for everything- including working out , hiking, going to the beach, the pool, cleaning. working in the garden, and all relaxed fun stuff- reading etc. this can work fine- for a short while. because the wear and tear of the sweat- hard work- possible scratches from the hard work outside- may impact your glasses.
That is why I recommend keeping the previous pair of glasses -even if not exactly in best condition- and designating the new pair for “inside jobs only”. this way -a trimming the branches won’t scratch the new glasses and your reading experience won’t be compromised.
#6: optic sunglasses? yay or nay?
a definite yay! I am a frugal advocate- until it compromises my health- I live in a very warm and sunny place- no way going out without sunglasses- and how will I see anything if they are not optically suited for my needs? the same tips above apply to keeping your optic sunglasses in shape too!
I hope I saved you some time-
Enjoy- the cooliflower.