How to Clean Your Glasses

When you purchase glasses, they usually come with a microfiber cloth or two for cleaning the lenses. While excellent in a pinch, those little cloths just don’t always cut it. We wear our glasses a lot, and they can get pretty dirty. Lotion and oils cause smears and fingerprints, and dust can build up. Even lens cleaner can leave streaks. If you’re tired of the mess and want to give your glasses a deep clean but don’t know how, look no further.

The first step to cleaning your glasses is to clean your hands. If your fingers are dirty or oily, you’ll just make your glasses worse in the process of trying to clean them! Wash your hands with lukewarm water and a gentle soap that does not contain lotion or moisturizers (think Dawn dish soap). Once your hands are clean, carefully rinse your glasses in lukewarm water. This should wash any debris off the lenses that might cause scratches when you clean them. It’s important to not rub any dirt into the lenses, because there might be sharp bits that can scratch the glass surface.

Next, take a tiny drop of Dawn (or another oil and moisturizer free soap) onto your fingertip and gently rub the surface of the glass with it on both sides of the lenses, cleaning away any smudges. Rinse the glasses thoroughly, as any soap residue remaining will cause smearing when you dry the lenses off. Once you are sure that the soap is completely gone, take a gentle cloth (ideally microfiber, similar to something you would use to dry off fine glassware) and carefully dry the lenses, taking care to avoid smearing and fingerprints. Enjoy your now squeaky-clean glasses!

Sometimes, though, you won’t have time to do a detailed cleaning as the one outlined above. In cases like these, you can use glasses cleaner sprays. Just make sure that the spray works with the type of lenses you have, as some have protective coatings that certain sprays can damage. Use a generous amount of the spray to flush away any debris before you rub at the lenses. Avoid cleaning your glasses with your shirt or other clothing items, as these fabrics can scratch at the glass and leave fibers stuck to the lenses, causing more damage than help in the long run.

Dry Eye Awareness Month

Are your eyes dry, burning, red, irritated?

You may be one of the millions of Americans who have dry eye! Dry eyes is on the rise and continues to be one of the most common reasons patients visit their eye doctor. Lack of tears or improper lubrication of the eye, is associated with this inflammatory condition. Dry eye can also be associated with the draining of tears too quickly from the eye. A common reason for this suffering is the increase in the amount of time we spend staring at screens. Whether it be at work, watching TV, or looking at our phones. We have decreased the normal average number of times we blink in a minute because of our screen usage.

During the month of August, we bring awareness to dry eye and discuss ways to prevent and manage your dry eye symptoms. According to the National Eye Institute, dry eye is most commonly found in people aged fifty and older, who are more likely to experience these symptoms. Scott & Christie Eyecare and Associates has worked closely with dry eye patients and are currently performing clinical studies on dry eyes. Clinical studies will give doctors the chance to research dry eyes and find possible solutions to help the millions who suffer daily.

If you are interested in learning more about our clinical studies, head over to the Scott and Christie Eye Care website. Or call us at our medical office in Cranberry Township!

The Surgery Center at Cranberry
Medical Offices
105 Brandt Drive, Suite 201
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Website: scottandchristie.com/clinical-research-studies/
Phone: (724) 772-5420
Fax: (724) 772-5423

Featured Frame for July- FYSH Women’s Sun

Inspired by the warm weather and summer fun, the featured frame for the month of July is a women’s sun by FYSH! This piece has a metal frame in the color blush rose gold, style number F-2045. This frame is from one of our newly added collections to the women’s sunglasses lines at Good Looks Eyewear. This brand of eyewear is designed for “strong, ambitious, game changing women who embrace individual style.” Overall, FYSH eyewear brings more bold colors, unique patterns, and exceptional frame shapes.

FYSH was also recently featured on the cover of the June 20/20 magazine, showcasing their uniqueness with an over-sized square sunglasses featuring blue hues and crystals! When looking into the designs of their frames, they base it off of today’s fashion and trends around the world! If you are looking for a unique frame to fit your personality, FYSH is the brand for you! Stop by one of our Good Looks Eyewear stores in Cranberry or Fox Chapel to check them out!

Exact Frame to reference in store:
Style- F 2045
Type- Metal
Color- Blush Rose Gold

Cranberry Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry
Cranberry Shoppes
20215 U.S. 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 772-9090

Fox Chapel Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Fox Chapel
Fox Chapel Plaza
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 782-1919

 

UV Safety Month

Are Your Sunglasses 100% UV Protected?

Summer is FINALLY here! Which means that our exposure to the sun increases significantly due to our fun family trips to the beach, long days in the pool, and outdoor summer festivities.  While we protect our skin from the sun with enormous amounts of SPF sunscreen, we sometimes forget that we need to protect our eyes from the sun as well. Studies have shown that exposure to bright, intense sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and cause other sight reducing conditions. One hundred percent UV blocking sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and lowering your risk for potential eye health diseases. Make sure while you are looking for protective sunglasses that they are 100% UV protected because there are many different levels of sun protection. You may not even know that your current sunglasses are not 100% UV protected!

Stop by one of our Good Looks Eyewear locations, in Cranberry or Fox Chapel, and browse through our selection of fashionable, high quality UV blocking sunglasses. All our sunglasses have 100% UV protection and our wonderful opticians would gladly help you choose a style that best suits you!

No appointment needed!

Cranberry Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry
Cranberry Shoppes
20215 U.S. 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 772-9090

Fox Chapel Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Fox Chapel
Fox Chapel Plaza
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 782-1919