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January 9, 2019

How to Properly Care for and Clean Your Glasses

Cleaning Your Glasses Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult or Time-Consuming

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You’re taking all the right steps: you’ve had your annual Beaumont Vision Eyecare exam, you’ve gotten your prescription, and you’ve picked out the perfect frames. Proper eye care is an important investment we all must make, so it follows that properly caring for and cleaning our glasses is an important part of maintaining that investment.

With that in mind, then, what are the best methods and products for properly caring for and cleaning your glasses? Read on to find out.

Important Basics for Proper Care of Your Glasses When You’re Not Wearing Them

While washing and drying your glasses is a multi-step process and probably the most involved of all glasses care practices, there are other important basic protective measures you should practice to keep your glasses in optimum condition when you take them off.

When you take your glasses off, always place them with the lenses facing up to keep the lenses clean, as well as free from particles of dust or dirt that could scratch them. If you’re taking your glasses off to transport them somewhere, make sure you use a hard-sided carrying case to maintain the integrity of the frames and arms, as well as the lenses.

Additionally, to keep the frames and arms in the configuration they were in when you received them, never rest the glasses on your head to avoid stretching out the frames.

Stretching out the frames will result in poorer than optimal alignment of the glasses frames, which may not only affect the way your glasses look when they rest on your nose, but could also negatively impact your ability to see.

When Washing Your Glasses, Start With Clean Hands

The first step in proper care and cleaning of your glasses is proper cleaning and drying of your hands. AllAboutVision.com points out that any dirt, oil, or residue on your hands will be transferred to your glasses, making them dirtier and even possibly scratching your lenses.

So, to start cleaning your glasses, lather up and dry your hands thoroughly, making sure to use a lint-free cloth to avoid transferring any lint to your glasses.

Never Try to Clean Dry Glasses

That dust and dirt that you’re trying to clean off can scratch your lenses if rubbed in. To avoid this, rinse your glasses in warm tap water – don’t use hot water as it could damage any coatings your glasses may have – to eliminate as much debris as possible before cleaning.

Dish Detergent Will Do When Cleaning Eye Glasses

Leading publication Consumer Reports has polled leaders in the eye care industry to get their insights into eyeglass care do’s and don’ts, and the consensus is that lens cleaners “have no great advantage over liquid soap.”

A drop of your regular dishwashing detergent in warm water does a very effective job of cleaning your glasses. Once your glasses are rinsed, add a drop of dishwashing detergent. Using a soft, lint-free cloth, wipe down all parts of your glasses—both sides of the lenses, the nose pieces and the arms.

Rinse Your Glasses Well and Avoid Lint

Once you’ve lathered up your eyeglasses, rinse them well under warm water. A thorough rinse is just as important as the washing process, because any soap that remains on your lenses will leave smears when it’s time to dry them. And speaking of drying, always dry your glasses with a lint-free cloth to make sure you have crystal-clear visibility.

Keeping your glasses clean is an important step towards good eye health, as are regular professional eye exams. To schedule your exam with the trusted professionals at Beaumont Vision, contact us now.

December 19, 2018

What Is Dropless Cataract Surgery and Should I Get It?

Will Dropless Cataract Surgery Work for My Eye Problems?

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If you or someone in your family has cataracts, then you already know that the only real long-term solution is cataract surgery. One of the problems with cataract surgery, however, is that a regular application of topical eye drops is required after the procedure is completed, which is expensive and can easily create compliance issues for the patient.

However, there is a new alternative that you may want to consider, called dropless cataract surgery. But is dropless cataract surgery right for you or one of your loved ones? Here’s what you need to know about this new approach to cataracts.

What Is Dropless Cataract Surgery?

The surgical procedure with standard cataract surgery and dropless cataract surgery is the same. However, in dropless cataract surgery, there is an added step called intracameral injections.

In this procedure after the cataract is removed and while the patient is still under anesthesia, the surgeon injects a medication into the eye intravitreally. This takes the place of the need for regular post-surgery topical eye drops, although your eye doctor may prescribe a drop a day of a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, or NSAID, for a month afterwards.

Should I or My Loved One Get Dropless Cataract Surgery?

Here is what you need to consider when thinking about whether or not to opt for the dropless cataract procedure.

  1. Reduced Compliance Issues

After normal cataract surgery, patients need to give themselves 12 drops a day, in addition to an antibiotic four times a day for a week, and an NSAID once a day for a month, as well as a steroid for two weeks.

If you know an older individual or one with other health issues who has had cataract surgery, keeping track of this regimen and performing it correctly can be very difficult. Just having to manage a single drop application a day for a month is much easier.

  1. Lower Cost

As you might imagine, all of those steroids, antibiotics, and other drugs can add up to a considerable cost for the patient, even with insurance. Dropless cataract surgery means you only need to pay for the surgery and the NSAID drops, in addition to any follow-up care.

  1. Fewer Complications

The reason that the topical drop regimen is so important for post-cataract surgery patients is because of the danger of endophthalmitis, a devastating eye disease. Studies have shown that the chances of developing endophthalmitis drop dramatically with dropless cataract surgery over topical drops, with rates as much as 22 times lower.

How Do I Know if I Need Cataract Surgery?

The best way to know the condition of your eyes and to maintain good eye health is to go in for regular eye exams by a trained eye professional. Your optometry professional can let you know if you have any health issues threatening your eye, and guide you towards the best steps for dealing with them. The sooner you identify a potential eye health problem, the easier it is likely to be to manage.

For friendly, professional quality health care in a welcoming, professional environment in the Portland, OR. area, contact Beaumont Vision online or give us a call now at 503-331-3937. We look forward to helping you with all of your eye care needs.

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