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Sunglasses are elite accessories if you are taking care of details that can be overly precious.

Sometimes, sunglasses can also be a necessity since people who have certain eye conditions are obliged to wear them.

We all agree that people wearing sunglasses behold some mystic form of power, and knowing how to combine them and make them a consistent part of your outfit will make the entire vibe stand out.

Let us recall the timeless scene of Audrey Hepburn lowering her sunglasses in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Many people make sunglasses their trademark, but do you know how to protect these often valuable accessories? Stay tuned for a couple of useful tips.

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Protect Them From Scratches 

Complex materials and scratches are your glasses’ worst enemies, as they not only reduce the aesthetic value of your glasses but can also be harmful to your eyes because they shorten your attention span.

Glass lenses are much more resilient when it comes to scratching when compared to polycarbonate or plastic lenses. However, no matter if your glasses have plastic or glass lenses, it is of the utmost importance to always keep them in their case.

Just dropping them in your purse or simply shoving them in the pocket will result in scratches made by your keys, rough fabrics, pens, or even your zipper. A hard case is an excellent idea, but if you are not a fan of these, then a microfiber pouch will do just fine.

If you have noticed that the lenses are too damaged, then lens replacement is the only solution. There are professionals that will help you find the ones that match your previous ones. 

Go and Get Off the Smudges 

We all know that glasses are typically prone to smudges or grime, which can be caused by various things such as oil from our own skin and fingers. Also, specks of dirt coming from the outside or even tiny specks of pollution can affect your glasses and make the lenses dirty and uncomfortable.

Smoothing away the smudges and cleaning the dirt is easiest with the specialized sprays and cloths that are specifically made for your glasses. However, when cleaning the glasses, it is not only cleaning the lenses but the frame and nose pads at the same time.

So, be smart. When cleaning your sunglasses, it is important to point out that you need to avoid any kind of paper materials since they can contain wood fibers and scratch your glasses.

Once a year, you should take your glasses to the optician for ultrasonic cleaning; this can really help you freshen up the frame. 

Harmful Cleaners to Be Avoided 

You should not clean your sunglasses with rubbing alcohol, vinegar, Windex, or any other window cleaner. Also, the typical practice of breathing on our glasses and then cleaning them is bad for them. This is why you need to find specialized lens cleaners and only use microfiber cloths to clean your glasses.

You Shouldn’t Leave Your Sunglasses in the Car 

It is a huge mistake if you leave your glasses on the dashboard in the car when it is hot outside. Also, you need to know that the heat on the dashboard can be particularly intense and can damage your glasses.

Hence, you need to take them with you when leaving the car parked in the lot. Believe it or not, the heat can cause your lenses to delaminate, and the mirroring and anti-reflective coatings on the lenses can also degrade.

When you are driving and not wearing your shades, you should make sure to keep them in the hard eyeglass case. 

Place Them Properly on the Face 

When grabbing your glasses, you should not simply take them by the legs and place them on your head. This way, you are risking them getting bent. Instead, grab them for the bridge to avoid bending your arms.

In addition, you should avoid placing your shades on just one leg since you can bend them to that side. However, good sunglasses can be easily readjusted; you just need to visit a professional. 

Sunglasses are a very important part of our accessories and can significantly change your appearance.

On the other hand, you need to know how to take proper care of them if you want them to last for a longer period of time.

Speaking of glasses, it is much smarter to own a single, good-quality pair that can serve the purpose for a long period of time if you take care of them instead of a whole variety of bad glasses, which can also have a negative influence on your eyesight.