Ever thought to ask your optician about these?
If you’ve just picked up your glasses from the optician, you probably won’t be expecting to see them again for a while… you can spend years wearing the same glasses, doing little more than polishing your lenses from time to time to help you see more clearly. But did you realize that your optician can also provide various (free) services to help you keep them in tip-top condition?
You may not have given it much thought before, but part of the service offered by your optician involves helping you to take care of your glasses after “selling” them to you. If you’re finding it harder and harder to clean your lenses – or your frames are slipping – for example, then read on. These services might not seem like much at first glance, but are offered free of charge and can be of real benefit. See what your optician can do for you.
1. Ultrasonic cleaning
Ultrasonic cleaning promises to leave both your lenses and your frames sparkling. Even if you’re in the habit of wiping your glasses clean, tiny particles get left behind. However, this method lets you get rid of them as well. Your frames and lenses will be quite safe – in fact, they’ll shine like new.
2. Adjusting your frames
Glasses keep sliding down? You want to see your optician, who can adjust them to your face again, usually by tightening the screws that hold the arms on. If the arms aren’t the problem, try putting some beeswax on the pads to keep your glasses in place when you sweat. Sorted!
3. Replacing a screw in the arm
You have broken your glasses, unfortunately, these things happen when you have glasses. You drop them, an arm breaks, you try a bit of tape for a temporary fix, but then the arm falls off again. Whatever you do, resist the urge to stick it back on with super glue, which could make it worse. Instead, let your optician take a look to see if it might be possible to put a new screw in the arm.
4. Changing the end tips
Whether damaged or lost, most opticians will change one or both of the end tips on your glasses free of charge if they come off. Now that you know this, don’t just live with it, go and see your optician!
5. Replacing the nose pads
Lost a (silicone) nose pad and find your glasses no longer sit on your nose like they should? Not to worry, your optician will be happy to replace it… without you having to fork out so much as a centime.
6. New cleaning cloth for your glasses
Don’t risk damaging your glasses by wiping them with anything other than the little cleaning cloth provided for this very purpose. If you’ve lost yours, you can always get another one from your optician, free of charge.