I thought glasses would help me see more clearly not put everything into soft focus.
October 10, 2012 9:11 PM Subscribe
Why are my new glasses scratching so quickly?
posted by wwax to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have recently graduated from cheapo magnifying readers to having to wear glasses full time. I ended up needing bifocals and as these where my first full time glasses we splurged on progressive lenses and also had transitions film, or whatever it is added, so that they darken in UV light. All is good, I love my frames, love the glasses got used to wearing them within a day. Then two weeks in the lenses are covered in lots of tiny scratches, luckily, as I'm a klutz, we splurged on the insurance for them and they replaced the lenses for free. I've had this second lot of lenses for just over 3 weeks now and they are as covered in scratches as the last lot and it's going to cost us a $25 fitting fee to have new lenses put in again.
I cleaned my old dollar store readers with windex and the corner of my shirt, they've stolen by my dog and hidden under the couch and they have nary a scratch on them. These expensive glasses have been treated with kid gloves, cleaned only with the supplied cleaning cloths and sprays and live in their case at night when I take them off. I had the woman in the store watch me clean the glasses to make sure I was doing it properly when we replaced the lenses and even they seemed confused as to why they were scratching so badly as I was doing everything right according to them. They do sometimes get greasy and I clean them as instructed under running water with mild soap and like to clean them well every morning before I put them on.
The only difference I can think of is the cheap readers were glass and these lenses are made out of a type of plastic. Having said that everyone else I've asked with these sorts of lenses does not appear to have this problem.
So Metafites what the heck is scratching my glasses, am I cleaning too vigorously, too often, not often enough? Is the glasses fairy coming in the night and cleaning them with steel wool? Do plastic lenses suck and I am going to need heavier glass ones? Any ideas or suggestions appreciated.
Oh in case it makes a difference bought the glasses through Target Optical.