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There are many challenges with glasses whether used full time or just for reading. This guide is about wearing eyeglasses.
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November 3, 2012

To keep the fog off your glasses, clean them with shaving cream. It will prevent fogging up when you come in from the cold. It also works on mirrors in the bathroom. It works for me!

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November 20, 2006

I have worked as an optician for many years. I am asked daily about the best way to clean glasses.

I am most concerned about keeping the lenses scratch free, so I suggest all lenses are to be first rinsed with water, then wiped with a soft cloth. At my workplace, we use a soft liquid soap (anything mild) over the lenses, frame AND nosepads, then we spray with a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 alcohol. We use old cloth diapers for wiping.

You can make your own spray at a fraction of the cost of the prefilled type. Those lens "papers" are a bane to plastic lenses and will just grind the dust into the lens, creating scratches.

Silicone nosepads are very popular today. They work well ONLY if they are kept clean. Over time the pads will develop a green residue, this is not your fault, this is just the combo of chemicals and metal. Have your nosepads changed regularly. My office does this free of charge for anyone.

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Take advantage of the free service an optician offers, such as

Lose a screw in the temple? Quick fix? Tiny gold safety pin, or "sew" the two pieces together at the matching holes. Even a wire twisty tie is a good quick fix.

I have more tricks and ideas. If you have a question, post feedback.

(below 0 today in Alaska)

By Kelly Ross from Anchorage, AK

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July 26, 20051 found this helpful

If you wear eye-glasses or sunglasses, you might want to consider purchasing a mini tool kit, just so you can keep the mini screwdriver in your purse or wallet for emergencies, in case you were to have a loose screw on your eye-glasses.

By Terri

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

I wear glasses while studying 7th standard. My lens power is -3.5 on both eyes. Currently, I need to remove my spectacles in order to have clear vision. Any tips for me will be appreciated.

Harikumar

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June 18, 20060 found this helpful

I have been looking for eyeglass chains,the ones that you put around your neck and they hold your eyeglasses. So far, the ones I have found are just plain cords and rather dull. The ones with chains and decorations from optical stores are very pricey. So... I was wondering if anyone knows how you can make them for yourself?

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Also, I have been told that the cheaper ones (bought in drugstores and supermarkets for a few bucks) are no good because the glasses just slip off. The cords are 26" long and seem to me, anyway, to be too short. The most expensive ones are very pricey.

Anyone have any suggestions. It would be greatly appreciated because I am always "losing" my glasses.

Thanks,
Anjeena from NY

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June 18, 20060 found this helpful

http://beadwork  =eyeglass+chains

I typed in eyeglass chains into the search engine at about.com, so this may be a starting point for you if you are crafty. Michaels or Joanns would be the best place I know of to get special crafty stuff. Or even a simple bead jewelery kit (my mom makes little necklaces and bracelets with the jewel type beads). I would take a picture of the fastners of the higher quality and copy those, you may need to investigate where to get those (maybe wholesale optical shoppes like for replacements?)

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June 20, 20060 found this helpful

I find the DollarTree stores carry eyeglass chains in various colors for (gasp) a dollar. Might try any dollar store you have. (I love DollarTree!!)

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 20, 20060 found this helpful

Go to the Dollar store they have cheap necklaces and you can buy the end rubbers that holds them on to the frames at your craft store they come in pks of 3, i made a bunch of them for friends for about $3.each

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 20, 20060 found this helpful

Hi! Do you have a local bead shop or craft store near you? They sell the end findings you need. They are easy to make. I have kits and the endings if you have trouble. You just need beads and wire.. very quick and easy! I taught a class on them at our local hospital. Hope this helps. Cindy beadlady

beadlady@preferred.com

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June 20, 20060 found this helpful

i like the cord kind because the chain would just scrape the glasses up.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 3, 20060 found this helpful

When I use a eyeglass cord or chain, I put the ends near the eyeglass hinges. They never slip off. I notice a number of people put them on the end of the "arms" of the eyeglasses. Also, I have used jewerly pins to hold my eyeglasses. Just look at the design of the pin to see if it will hold your eyeglasses. Attach the pin below your shoulder, making sure the eyeglasses will not fall off. Some places will sell this pins made especially for eyeglasses but you can use any pin as long as it holds your eyeglasses safely,

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 5, 20070 found this helpful

I would like to find someone to make my cousins husband a pair of eye glasses frames & colour please. The colour I would like the frames to be are all the colours of the rainbow please if anyone could help me with this I would be grateful

thank you

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 1, 20080 found this helpful

I found some reasonable price nice looking eye glass chains at this site:

http://www.thetwistedmall.com

Might want to check it out.

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February 27, 20100 found this helpful

I would be happy to make custom ones for you if you are interested. The cost would be dependent on the beads you choose. I made one for myself and will be making lots for a craft show.

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Anonymous
October 28, 20120 found this helpful

I used an old pearl necklace I never wear anymore, bought necklace extenders end rubbers from Hobby Lobby and I'm sure Michael's would have these also. Looks pretty good!

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December 6, 2008

How can you tell if your eye glass lenses are plastic or glass?

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December 6, 20080 found this helpful

You very seldom see any lenses made of glass these days, they are very heavy, and most places that make eye-glasses will do their best to try to talk you out of getting glass lenses due to any possible injuries that are more prone to occur with glass. Plastic is much lighter, and much safer.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 6, 20080 found this helpful

Lens are made of plastic. Glass is heavy and you would notice the nose pieces digging into your nose if your lens were made from plastic. Of course if you really wanted to be sure take them into a optician' s office. They have them in the mall and else where.

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December 6, 20080 found this helpful

Temperature -- Glass holds its temperature more. Compare the feel of anything in a glass jar the fridge to something in plastic. Glass feels cooler than plastic. Or hotter if just out of the dish washer. If you touch a piece of plastic to your cheek it will usually feel room temperature, whereas if you do the same with a piece of room temperature glass it will usually feel somewhat cold. Also these days they don't drill holes in glass lenses to attach frames anymore, so if they have a hole to hold the lenses in place then they are plastic. (Unless they were made before the 1980's) Another way to tell the difference between glass & plastic is to tap it with your teeth...

I disagree with Heaven4441. Glass lenses are better than plastic, especially for strong prescriptions. My ex-husband has very poor vision & needs strong lenses. We found that his glasses didn't need to be as thick if he had his lenses made of glass instead of plastic. Also, glasses made from glass don't scratch as easily, so they last longer. And a third reason to buy glass lenses instead of plastic lenses is if you like the type of lenses that turn dark in the sunshine & get lighter in the shade this treatment works much better & responds quicker on glass.

Don't let anyone tell you that glass lenses aren't safe. They are just as safe as plastic. In fact some safety glasses are made of glass. I especially like the way that glass lenses don't scratch as easily as plastic. This means they tend to last longer because they are more durable & will stay clear & scratch-free for years.

One problem with glass lenses is, if you like larger lenses they can be quite heavy. So if you like the "Nicole Richie" bug-eyed look you should buy plastic lenses because large glass lenses can be a bit heavy & take some getting used to. But if you like your lenses to be small or medium in size then it's no big deal, they won't be very heavy.

Because of the experience I had with my ex-husband buying glass lenses I had my partner try on some glass lenses. In the past he had always worn plastic lenses, but now that he's owned several pairs of glass lenses, he's hooked! You don't have to worry about how you set them down because the lenses rarely scratch (unlike with plastic), & believe me when I say that the type of lenses that turn into sunglasses work much quicker & better if they are made of glass.

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December 7, 20080 found this helpful

We're just going to have to agree to disagree on this issue. I stand behind what I said about glass lenses as opposed to plastic. Each have their own advantages, but plastic IS safer. The place where I have my glasses prescriptions filled, make me sign a waver that they won't be held responsible for any damages if I should happen to order glass lenses as opposed to plastic.

They wouldn't insist that I do this if they weren't worried about being sued in the event of glass breakage. In your husband's case, maybe the best thing WAS for him to buy glass, but for the most part, plastic is encouraged and recommended by the people who actually make the eye-glasses.

The question from the man was , "how can I tell if my glasses are made of plastic or glass?", not a philosophical debate on which is better. I just know what the people who make MY eye-glasses say whenever I mention that I would like to order glass lenses so that they can change from sunglasses to regular glasses automatically, (glass is the only option for this feature). I inevitably wind up with regular glasses, as well as a pair of prescription sunglasses, due to the concern of the eye-glass company.

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July 10, 2007

I have worn glasses for years. My eyes are sunk in. What can help?

Tooie from Hartville, MO

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July 14, 20070 found this helpful

I would sincerely have your eyes checked before you and go see your MD afterwards. I do not believe sunk eyes come from wearing eyeglasses for any length of time, or there would be billions of people with sunken eyes, all over the world because of it. Perhaps there is another more serious problem, or genetically you are predisposed to sunken eyes as you mature. Either way, it is best you seek professional help with this problem. Keep us posted. Take Care.

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July 14, 20070 found this helpful

Reduce the amount of time you're wearing your glasses, wear contacts most of the month (if your prescription permits) or get laser treatment. I belive its due to repeated wear and oressure of your glasses on your orbits which is causing the sunkennes. need time now to reverse that.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 15, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Tooie: I know what you mean. You probably have deep-set eyes and after wearing glasses for many years, they appear to be "sunk-in". Since having had cataracts removed, I can see well enough to go without glasses, but I look better with them because of the same problem you have. I think you will find that if you go without glasses for a while it will be less noticeable. Also, try using a lighter shade of make-up around the eye area. Hope this helps.

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July 15, 20070 found this helpful

An eye doctor, not a technician, told me that this comes with aging because the brain is shrinking, thus the eyeballs sink. I used to have huge eyes, but now at age 63, I have small eyes and my lids are heavy over the tops of them. There is surgery

that can give upper lid lifting, but I will just try to age gracefully. I have found that the lighter weight the eyeglasses, the stronger the prescription, and the better the design, the less my eyes appear sunken. Resting the eyes by not straining too long in front of the computer/TV/ in the sunshine without sunshades will help over time, and of being more conscious of these things.

Sleeping on one's face and side is NOT good for this eye problem, also, so I try very hard to sleep on my back to minimize the wrinkling around the eyes that can accompany and accentuate the sinking eyes which can be the results of a poor sleeping

positioning. Don't read or live with poor lighting. Uses the brightest bulbs you can, regardless of what anyone tells you. For years I was told that my eyes and vision would improve with the lower wattage, but it did NOT and I was miserable UNTIL I INCREASED THE BULB WATTAGE and can see at LAST, when I can afford more bulbs.Also, several times a week, wash the eyes/lids/lashes with a weak solution of Baby Shampoo(No More Tears) to remove dust that can irritate eyes and cause us to rub them excessively. May God bless and help you. : )

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September 8, 2006

Does anyone know how you can get rid of deep lines around your eyes which came from wearing glasses? Thanks in advance

Vicky from Easton, PA

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

Apply a little foaming shaving cream to your glasses and then wipe it off to help prevent them from fogging up. This also works well for swimming and skiing goggles.

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Prevent Eye Glasses and Goggles from Fogging Up

Same thing works for the bathroom mirror. It lasts for about a month or so and then you have to reapply. However it's a cheap and simple thing to do.

Laine (11/30/2005)

By Laine B.

Prevent Eye Glasses and Goggles from Fogging Up

Do not use the gel kind. It doesn't work, in case you were wondering. I'm kinda slow though, so I tried it.

(01/05/2006)

By Valerie

Prevent Eye Glasses and Goggles from Fogging Up

Clean goggles with 409. Works for bathroom mirrors, too. (09/19/2006)

By Nic B.

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