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Add This Quick Five Minute Glasses Care Routine To Your Week

 

You put your glasses on, see the smudges and do what the majority of the 50% of Americans wearing corrective glasses do–you grab your shirt or the closest piece of cloth available and clean them off. If you want your glasses to work their best for you for months and years to come there are better ways to get the dirt off. Our Denver Peepers Optical team, is here to help answer any questions you may have as you learn more about caring for your corrective glasses and the options you have for keeping them looking their best. We are conveniently located near Belcaro, Glendale and Cherry Creek and we have lots of parking!

Here are some things you need to know.

How Often Should You Clean Your Glasses

The American Optometric Association recommends washing your glasses every morning and making sure that you pay close attention to the state of the frames and earpieces where dirt, makeup or other hair products can build up. When cleaning your glasses, don’t cut corners by wetting them with saliva or just plain water. Saliva shouldn’t be used for basic hygiene reasons, and water won’t get the job done without some added elements.

What to Avoid When Cleaning Your Glasses

Some people approach cleaning their eyewear the same way that they approach cleaning their drinking glasses. But some of the basic household items you would use for your drinking glasses will strip away the coatings on your glasses. Household items you should avoid using are: vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or window cleaner. Avoid using your shirt because chances are it has dust on it and dust particles can scratch your lenses. Never reach for a tissue to clean your eyeglasses either. Tissues are derived from wood and can easily scratch your glasses.

Your Five-Minute Routine

According to an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal you don’t need the special sprays and microfiber cloths to effectively clean your glasses. All you need is some normal cotton cloth and some kitchen soap. There are numerous products out there that are marketed as the best way to clean your glasses, but the AOA recommends the most basic of options: kitchen-sink soap. The five-minute routine for cleaning your glasses requires you to:

  • Run them under warm water
  • Place a small drop of dishwashing detergent on the tip of your fingers to create a lather on the lens
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth

Eyeglass cleaners are also available. These are great for quick cleanings. Simply spray the solution onto the lenses and wipe away with a soft, microfiber or cotton cloth. Many frames have small screws holding them together. Check these frequently to ensure they are still tight and secure.

Why Aren’t They Clean?

So, you go through the 5-minute routine of cleaning your glasses and they still don’t seem clean. Check closely, you might have scratches on your lenses, not dirt. Of the 69.1 million Americans who bought prescription spectacles last year, most purchased plastic lenses. Plastic is soft and scratches easily.

In-Store Cleaning and Adjustment

Another option if you are finding it difficult to get your glasses as clean as you want is to bring them into Peepers Optical for a free cleaning. We also provide other services, like free adjustments for the life of your glasses, loose or missing screw checks, and nose pad replacements.

Call for a Cleaning and Adjustment

You can increase the longevity of your glasses by cleaning them daily and visiting our office for needed adjustments and screw checks. A member of our Denver Peepers Optical staff will take good care of you and answer questions you may have about your eye health. If you have any questions about taking care of your glasses or your current eye health don’t hesitate to contact us at:

 
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Choosing Between Single Focal and Multifocal Lenses

Progressive and multifocal lenses in Denver CO

75% of Americans use some kind of corrective lens to improve their vision. With statistics this high, even if you are not aware of any eye problems you should have your eyes tested annually, maybe more depending on your age and medical history. An eye exam is a regular health check, and can be used to expose underlying health problems as well as changes in your vision. In a recent study by the American Optometric Association (AOA), in one year, 62% of all patients completing an eye exam required an eyeglass lens prescription. Maybe you are already wearing corrective lenses, but do you know when you need to switch from single focal to multifocal lenses? This article will help you learn more about multifocal lenses and if they are something you need to consider with your doctor. Our Denver Peepers Optical team, is here to help answer any questions you may have as you learn more about your lens options. We are located conveniently near the neighborhoods of Belcaro, Glendale, and Cherry Creek in Denver, CO.

 

What Are Multifocal Lenses?

Multifocal lenses (also called progressive lenses) enable you to see clearly at different distance ranges through one lens. These common lenses enable you to see objects that are far away, objects that are at an arm’s length distance (like working on a computer), and objects that are close-up like when reading.

Why Do I Need Multifocal Lenses?

As we age, our eyes lose the ability (accommodation) to easily switch focus between objects which are far away and objects which are close up. Depending on how your eyes age, you may find it useful to consider progressive lenses or multifocal lenses. According to the AOA, progressive lenses accounted for more than a third of all lenses dispensed in 2011. Multifocal lenses are typically prescribed for adults over age 40 to compensate for a common condition called presbyopia (explained further below). Multifocal lenses are also the lenses of choice for some children and young adults who have eye teaming or focusing problems that cause eyestrain when reading. Some research suggests wearing bifocals or other multifocal lenses may help control nearsightedness in some children by reducing the focusing demands of reading and near work. An optometrist of our Denver Peepers Optical team may recommend multifocal lenses if you currently wear one pair of glasses for reading and another pair for distance. With multifocal lenses you don’t have to swap your glasses every time you change from one activity to another.

What is Presbyopia?

Presbyopia is a common vision condition where the crystalline lens of your eye loses its flexibility, making it harder for you to focus on close objects. Presbyopia may seem to occur suddenly, but the actual loss of flexibility takes place over a number of years. Presbyopia usually becomes noticeable in the early to mid-40s. Presbyopia is a natural part of the aging process of the eye. It is not a disease, and it cannot be prevented. Presbyopia is treated with multifocal lenses, contacts and sometimes surgery.

How Do Multifocal Lenses Work?

Multifocal lenses work by merging three different prescriptions, or powers, into one clear lens, allowing you to see clearly at all distances. The lens power progressively changes from the top of the lens to the bottom. Distance vision is through the upper part of the lens and may cause a small amount of soft focus at the edges of your vision. Vision at arms length is through the middle part of the lens and causes more soft focus at the edges of your vision in this part of your lens. Near vision is through the lower part of the lens. There is some soft focus at the edges of your vision in this part of your lens. Unlike bifocal lenses, progressive multifocal lenses do not have lines or segments. They offer you clear vision over a large range of distances instead of just the two distances bifocal lenses offer.

How Do I Know Which Multifocals Are Right For Me?

Choosing which multifocals are for you is something you don’t want to attempt to do by yourself or at an online retailer. Not all progressive multifocal lenses are the same. The overall design of a progressive lens distorts the edges of the lens so it is important to choose a high-quality, wide mid-range lense. You also need to consider the reliability of the brand, ensure you have your precise measurements, and a properly fitted frame. Our experienced team of doctors and dispensing staff at Peepers Optical will be able to guide you in your choice and will base their recommendations on your lifestyle and the common usage of your glasses.

What To Expect When Switching to Multifocal Lenses?

Adapting to your new multifocal lenses will take some time–typically a couple weeks. This is especially true if you are switching from a single focal lens, or have never worn glasses before. The more consistently you wear your new eyewear, the quicker you will adjust. Why will you need a period of adaptation? The progressive lens is designed to gradually increase the optical power from the top of the lens to the bottom. At first, this may cause things to look blurry or less clear than before as you learn to move your eyes up and down the lens. Your individual motivation and drive will be the determining factor in adaptation to these lenses.

Have More Questions? We are Here to Help!

At Peepers Optical, our goal is to make certain that every patient is happy with their purchase and the service they receive. If you are having difficulty becoming accustomed to your new multifocal lenses, please come in and see us. A fitting adjustment might be all that’s required. If you have any questions about taking care of your glasses, or your current eye health, don’t hesitate to contact us at: (720) 370-1360 today to schedule an eye exam.

 
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The Basics of Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses are more popular today than ever, despite the availability of contact lenses and vision correction surgery.

Frame styles branded with high profile designer names are always in demand. And eyeglass frame materials have evolved with the advent of new plastics and various types of metals.

For safety glasses, you may want an extra tough plastic, such as polycarbonate. If you suffer from skin allergies, hypoallergenic metals such as titanium or stainless steel are good choices.

Eyeglass frames styles

Eyeglasses have also become quite popular as fashion accessories, with different colors and styles available to match their wardrobes.

Multi-colored inlays, composite materials, designer emblems, and enhancements such as insets of precious stones may also be found in popular frame styles.

Rimless styles have become more popular in recent years as an understated way to wear eyeglasses without obvious frames. Rimless styles mainly involve attaching plastic or metal temples directly onto the lenses rather than onto a frame.

Advances in eyeglass lenses

You also have many options when choosing the lenses for your eyeglasses. Among the most popular types of lenses and lens options prescribed today are:

  • Aspheric lenses, which have a slimmer, more attractive profile than other lenses. They also eliminate that magnified, “bug-eye” look caused by some prescriptions.
  • High index lenses, which are made of new materials that enable the lenses to be noticeably thinner and lighter than regular plastic lenses.
  • Polycarbonate lenses are thinner, lighter and up to 10 times more impact-resistant than regular plastic lenses. These lenses are great for safety glasses, children’s eyewear, and for anyone who wants lightweight, durable lenses.
  • Photochromic lenses are sun-sensitive lenses that quickly darken in bright conditions, and quickly return to a clear state in ordinary indoor lighting.
  • Polarized lenses diminish glare from flat, reflective surfaces (like water) and also reduce eye fatigue.
  • Anti-reflective coatings are among the most popular add-ons for lenses. They can dramatically improve the look and comfort of your glasses by minimizing the amount of light that reflects off the surface of your lenses, which also has the added benefit of reducing glare and thus easing eye fatigue.
  • Other lens coatings include scratch-resistant, ultraviolet treatment, and mirror coatings.

Eyeglass lenses for presbyopia

Presbyopia is the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability that makes reading and other close-up tasks more difficult after age 40.

This means that the usual type of eyeglass lenses you’ve likely been accustomed to wearing, known as single vision lenses, no longer will work well for you.

Multifocal eyeglass lenses available for presbyopia correction include:

  • Bifocals: Lenses with two powers – one for distance and one for near – separated by a visible line.
  • Trifocals: Lenses with three powers for seeing at varying distances – near, intermediate and far – separated by two visible lines.
  • Progressive lenses: These lenses have many advantages over bifocals and trifocals because they allow the wearer to focus at many different distances, not just two or three. Because they have no lines, progressive lenses allow a smooth, comfortable transition from one distance to another.

If you see well in the distance without the need for eyeglasses, simple reading glasses with single vision lenses may be all you need to deal with near vision problems caused by presbyopia.

Advice for Buying Eyeglasses

Your appearance, personal taste and lifestyle should all be considered when choosing eyeglasses. We can help you choose frames and lenses that both complement your appearance and meet your lifestyle needs.

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