It isn’t easy having four eyes, which is probably why contact lenses are so popular. But what about the people who can’t wear contact lenses?
If you’re like me, you probably have trouble putting contacts in yourself, rendering them practically useless. Or maybe your anatomy simply prevents you from wearing them. Luckily, there’s hope for people like us. If you wear glasses, here are six tried-and-tested hacks for making life a little easier.
1. Clean with Shaving Cream
Instead of your usual cleaning spray, try reaching for a can of shaving cream instead. Shaving cream gets your lenses clean, but it also leaves a protective film on the glass. That means less fog and better vision. It sounds crazy, but it works!
2. Order New Glasses Online
Your optometrist’s office probably has a fancy showroom full of stylish frames, and they can be expensive! One trick to save money on new frames is to shop for glasses online.
Not only is it easier to compare prices, but many websites also offer discount codes for first-time customers, which can drastically cut your bill.
3. Eliminate Damaging Habits
Our daily specs take quite a beating, and certain habits can exacerbate the process. Glasses are expensive and necessary for everyday life, so we should take special care of them. If you find yourself doing the following things, you should stop if you want to keep your glasses functional.
- Taking off glasses with one hand, not two (can distort frame shape over time)
- Wearing glasses on your head
- Keeping your glasses in the car
- Cleaning lenses with your shirt
- Storing glasses without a case
4. Customize the Fit
One of the challenges of wearing glasses is finding frames that look good and fit right. If you’ve sacrificed your comfort to look more stylish, don’t despair. You can easily customize your frames to fit better. If your glasses fit loosely or tend to fall off the front of your face, tie a hair elastic around the arms of your glasses.
They should sit behind your ears when you put them on and prevent your glasses from falling off. You can camouflage the elastics by choosing a color that matches your hair.
If your glasses fit but slip down your nose on occasion, there’s a hack for that, too! Simply apply some lip balm to the pads on your glasses. This helps them have more “grip” for staying on the bridge of your nose.
5. Clean Your Microfiber Cloths
Experienced glasses-wearers know to use microfiber cloths to clean their lenses. Microfiber is soft, lint-free, and cleans glass without leaving scratches.
Predictably, using a microfiber cloth multiple times can make it dirty, and using that dirty cloth to clean your dirty glasses probably defeats the purpose of cleaning them in the first place. A dirty microfiber cloth also picks up foreign contaminants, some of which can leave tiny scratches on your lenses.
To clean your cloths, all you have to do is hand-wash and rinse with a mild detergent and warm water. Throwing them in with your regular laundry might seem convenient, but your machine can leave soap residue that can also scratch up your lenses over time.
6. Put Glow-in-the-Dark Tape on Your Case
How many of us have woken up in the middle of the night, blindly groping around for our glasses? If you plan ahead, it never has to happen again. Add a strip of glow-in-the-dark tape on your glasses case, or mark it with a glow-in-the-dark pen. You should always keep your glasses protected in a case, but a glow-in-the-dark reminder ensures you’ll never lose them in the dark.
If glasses are making your life harder, you don’t have to suffer anymore. Try out these tried-and-tested tricks for wearing glasses, and you might be able to put off contact lenses for another year.