Caring for your Glasses and Contacts (Part One)

We were so excited about sharing tips and suggestions on how to keep your eyes happy and healthy, we wanted to continue with that idea! It’s time to talk about the health and wellness of your glasses and contacts! 

Hello Summerville! We hope you are all doing well, and seeing clearly! We hope you enjoyed our very first blog, we are very excited to keep up with them and we have so many exciting things coming your way. Just you wait! We know times have been a little strange, but one of the many tips we are pushing our patients to follow is limiting and avoiding touching your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. We hope our patients are paying attention to that warning and keeping their hands clean. We love these ideas, not only to keep you healthy and safe during this strange time, but this is also excellent advice to follow for healthy and clean eyes. You will be keeping yourself and your eyes healthy if you continue to heed these warnings and continue to practice this important hygiene. 

We wanted to continue down the path of caring for your eyes in this blog as well. This time though, we are going to be discussing the care and maintenance of your glasses and contacts. Even if you’re not someone who wears either, you will still be able to put a lot of these tips and suggests to work. If you wear sunglasses, as we have suggested, or wish to continue to keep your eyes clean, this blog is still for you! Anything you put on your face and near your eyes, you need to keep clean and be very conscious of doing so. This blog is going to offer so many tips and suggestions, that we decided to split it in two. The first part will be dedicated to the care of your glasses, and the second part will be dedicated to the care of your contacts. There is so much information out there, we didn’t want to leave anything out and we didn’t want to overwhelm you. So sit back and relax and enjoy reading about how you can help your eyes stay healthy by taking care of your glasses and your contacts. 

If you have been a patient with us over the years or you’re thinking about becoming one, please know we are here to provide you with the best glasses, contacts, and eye care for everyone in your family. We will help you find the perfect prescription, the perfect type of contacts, and the perfect pair of glasses and prescription sunglasses! What are you waiting for? It’s going to be like seeing the world as you’ve never seen it before! 

Let’s begin with your glasses and the care of them. If you’ve worn them for years or you’re wearing them for the very first time, take time to invest in these tips and suggestions. Remember that your eyes are very delicate. The more care you can give them, the better! 

  • Your glasses are an investment. Care for them as best you can to avoid having to replace them over and over again. This bill can add up very quickly. 
  • Avoid using paper products like napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper to clean your glasses. Even though these products feel soft to you, the small and prickly fibers they’re made out of are terrible for your lenses. They can scratch up and damage the glass with one swipe. Cleaning them multiple times with these products can destroy your lenses in no time. 
  • Remove dirt and debris from your glasses by rinsing them with water and a bit of dish soap. Rub the glass gently and clean them thoroughly with clean hands, and dry them with a microfiber cloth. Avoid using clothing items to dry or clean your glasses, unless they are 100% cotton. Any other fabrics could be abrasive to your glasses and leave behind small scratches, just like paper products. Air drying is also an excellent way to let your clean glasses dry after you wash them. 
  • If you wish to clean your glasses with something other than soap and water, only use sprays and cleaners that have been specifically made to clean glasses! Avoid using any household cleaning products. They could strip the protective coating on your glasses, and be harmful to your health and the health of your eyes. 
  • When you’re not wearing your glasses, make sure you store them properly. The best place to store them is in the case they were brought home in. If you aren’t a fan of that case, there are hundreds of options you can find all over the internet, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you pick one that protects your glasses and fits your style. 
  • When you take your glasses off, never place them lens down. That is asking for scratches and damage. 
  • Wash your glasses often, at least once a day is the recommended amount. 
  • Wash your frames just as often too. This can help with the build-up of dirt and oil from your face and life in general on your frames. Clean your frames just like you would your lenses. Use a soft toothbrush to clean the hinges and the nose pads, making sure to remove all dirt, grime, and to fix any issues you might find during these cleanings. 
  • Keep your glasses away from sources of extreme heat and cold. 
  • Hold your glasses by their frame, and not by the glass. 
  • Keep your glasses out of danger of food splatters, perfumes, makeup, and other household products when they are being worn and when they’re not. 
  • There are always great home remedies you can find all over the internet to fix smudges or scratches on your glasses. Avoid them, and please come into our office and let us fix those damages! 

We could go on and on with more tips, solutions, and suggestions on how to care for and keep your glasses clean. But these tips are a great place to start! If you implement all of these tips into your daily practices of eye care, your glasses will last longer and your eyes will stay healthier. For now, we will leave you with these tips. We are so excited to see you back for our next blog to learn how to properly care for your contacts! Until then, we hope you always see clearly! 

Hello from Ocean Eye!

In our debut blog, we are excited to get to know our customers better, and for you to get to know us better. We are excited to get right to work and talk about how to keep your eyes healthy and happy for your whole life! 

Hello Charleston! We are so excited about our very first flagship blog post, and we are even more excited about being on this journey with you. Ocean Eye is the Lowcountry’s leading optometry office, with three different locations. We provide Charleston with great service and impeccable product quality. Our goal is to become the optometry practice for you and your family. We are waiting to give you and your family the best care for a lifetime! 

We love everything about your eyes. It’s what we are passionate about from the moment you walk into our doors for the very first time. We are here to care for our eyes from the very beginning through every step of your optical journey. We thought the best place to start in our inaugural blog post is with the basics. In the next few blogs we will be discussing the care of your eyes, glasses, and contacts on a day to day basis and over a lifetime of wear and tear. What better to start from the beginning with important information that is near and dear to our hearts? In our blogs you will learn about important and interesting eye related topics, answers to questions, learning a little bit more about our beautiful city, and much much more. So sit back and enjoy the ride! 

  • Eye Care

There are so many ways to take care of your eyes. They are delicate, unique, and powerful once in a lifetime organ. Giving them every chance to stay healthy and work at optimal health should be at the top of your priorities. Just like brushing your teeth and showering, your eyes need daily care and attention, and should never be looked over! 

  • Good Health Keeping 

Your eyes are a part of your body. Anything you decide to do or put into your body will affect your eyes, just like it would any other part. There are a few different things you can start doing right away to help promote healthy eyes from the inside out.

  • Eating a balanced and healthy diet is a great place to start. Having a balanced diet rich in vitamins, leafy vegetables, fish, fruits, and proteins can help you avoid vision problems that come with age like muscular degeneration. It can also avoid getting type two diabetes which is the leading cause of blindness in adults. 
  • Quit smoking! This can help you avoid optic nerve damage and muscular degeneration. 
  • Limit your coffee intake. 
  • Getting enough rest is crucial to your eyes, as is it to your whole body. 
  • Washing your hands before coming into contact with your eye. 
  • Stay hydrated! 
  • Lifetime Warranty 

Adding little changes into your everyday life can be a huge help in keeping your eyes healthy. One of these changes can be a fashionable one, always wear your sunglasses! Keep them at hand, and protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. If you’re exposed to too much ultraviolet it can boost the chance of harm done to your eyes. If you wear glasses or contacts, make sure your eyes are also protected. If you are doing any kind of home maintenance, repair, or work in dangerous or hazardous situations always wear the proper protective eye wear. Make sure they fit you properly and offer protection and ventilation to your whole eye. This goes for athletes as well. If you work on the computer or spend a lot of time reading for your job or fun, be mindful of how long you spend doing these activities and give yourself breaks. Don’t sit too far away from your screen, and try to avoid reading small print for long periods. Make sure your glasses or contact prescription is up to date, and keep your eyes lubricated. Giving yourself blinking breaks and fresh air can rejuvenate your eyes.  

  • Doctors Care 

There are so many things that you can personally do to keep your eyes healthy. Then there are things that only we, as professionals, can give you. Regular eye exams are very important and should never be overlooked. Introducing your family to checkups from an early age can help them learn to care for their own eyes. Your eyes are some of the most delicate organs in your body, and they will always need the best delicate care. Many issues that could appear or are hereditary can only be spotted by a trained eye. Having an eye exam at least once a year is recommended. For our young patients who are under a year, they will receive complimentary visits. When it comes to issues, pay attention. Pay attention to any changes that occur to your vision and how your eyes look or feel. Always make sure to let your doctor know about any changes right away. Be aware of your family’s optical history, and watch for signs of anything that might have been passed onto you. 

  • A Little Extra
    • Avoid rubbing your eyes
    • Wear high-quality makeup 
    • Keep your glasses and contacts clean 
    • Keep makeup brushes clean and replace when needed
    • Avoid dry air 
    • Don’t share towels 

Eye care is what we do best, and what we love to share with you. We are so excited to keep sharing more information, tips, and other bits of wisdom with you as we continue with our blogs. Please take all of this information to heart, it’s a great place to begin your optical journey and is a great place to come back to when you stray off the path. Keep your eyes, body, and mind healthy and happy. You have so much to see and we want to help you keep seeing it!