Dirty Sunglasses? It’s Time to Try PEEPS™ Lens Cleaner

Summer is quickly approaching and that means sunglass season is here. We’ve been waiting for the nice sunny weather for a while and now that it’s finally here, almost everyone is excited. But, when you wear eyeglasses, the summer can bring up some tougher times when it comes to cleaning. For instance, when you’re wearing your prescription sunglasses or fashion sunglasses outside during the summer, you’re exposing your glasses to a lot of conditions that risk making your glasses dirty. This is going to make your eyeglass lens care more important than ever. You need to find the right lens cleaners for specific situations.

Summer and Eyeglasses

One of the top culprits during the hot summer months is sunblock. When you’re at the beach, by the pool, or at a sports game on a hot day, you should really be applying sunblock every 1-2 hours. Most people agree that applying sunblock is a hassle and it’s messy. This is particularly true when you’re wearing eyeglasses. It might seem silly, but sunblock can ruin sunglasses and eyeglasses if you don’t clean it off efficiently. That’s why it is important to both protect your sunglasses, and know how to clean them effectively.

Let’s take a look at an example situation…

You’re at the beach and it’s around 85° and sunny. There’s a slight breeze and you’re planning on staying at the beach for the day. You know that you need to apply sunblock, so you take off your prescription sunglasses before you open the bottle of sunblock.

You use the sunblock lotion and apply it to your body and your face. No matter how careful you are about rinsing your hands after you finish applying the sunblock, it gets stuck to your fingers, even when you don’t see it or feel it. You think it’s safe to put your prescription sunglasses back on, but even after rinsing and drying your hands, you inevitably get some of the sunblock smudged on your sunglasses.

Now, it might not seem like such a big problem, but sunblock is hard to remove completely from clear surfaces. This is because it is typically water-resistant, and therefore, you need a specific type of cleaner to remove it from glasses and sunglasses if you want to see clearly.

The Rebuttal

By this point, I think you understand why sunblock is a problem, but a common rebuttal that we’ll hear is “I use the spray sunblock”. Unfortunately, even if you’re using the spray sunblock, it spreads out, especially if there’s any wind. So even if you’re trying to keep the spray away from your face, sometimes it will still end up on your eyeglasses or sunglasses.

So, what do you do when the summer is almost here, and you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses?

At Eyeglass Supply Store, we’ve been searching for an advanced solution to the sunblock problem and we think that we found the perfect solution – PEEPS Lens Cleaner.

What is PEEPS Lens Cleaner?

PEEPS Lens Cleaner is the most innovative solution for dirty, smudged glasses. This cleaner was designed specifically for cleaning all types of glasses, and the technology is even used on the space station by NASA to clean lenses! The key is that PEEPS uses an invisible carbon cleaning compound, which allows it to effectively remove any oil, grime, and dirt from your sunglasses, reading glasses, and eyeglasses. But, what makes PEEPS so different from other cleaners? Well, as we said, it uses space-age technology. What’s more, PEEPS Lens Cleaner never expires! With one PEEPS Cleaner, you can clean your glasses up to 500 times.

Now that you know what it is, I’m sure you’re interested in where you can get PEEPS Lens Cleaner. The answer is simple – right here at Eyeglass Supply Store. We are introducing PEEPS Lens Cleaner to our collection just in time for the summer months to ensure that our trusted customers have the appropriate lens cleaner right when they need it.

Click here to browse our PEEPS Lens Cleaners today!

Why Do My Glasses Fog Up?

One of the most frustrating things about wearing glasses is walking outside and suddenly not being able to see through the fog on your lenses. You’ve cleaned your glasses like you’ve been taught to, so why do glasses fog up?

The answer is pretty simple. In extreme weather, the temperature inside can often be very different than the weather outside. As summer approaches, this means walking from your cool, air-conditioned home to a hot and humid 85-degree day outside.

What does this have to do with your glasses? You may notice that when you walk outside, your glasses are suddenly foggy. When you leave your air-conditioned home, your glasses are nice and cool too. When you walk outside into the humid weather, that water vapor hanging in the air suddenly condenses into water on your cold lenses, causing them to fog up.

In cold weather, the air outside makes your glasses cold. When you breathe out warm air, the water vapor in your breath condenses on your glasses.

This is the same reason that your cold iced tea is covered in condensation as you sip it by the pool on a hot day or your windshield becomes foggy in cold weather. When it’s your glasses, however, not only is the condensation annoying and embarrassing, but it also obstructs your vision which could be dangerous for you.

What can I do?

Until your glasses warm up, they’ll continue to fog no matter how much you wipe them off. As you become frustrated with your glasses fogging up, you might find yourself constantly cleaning your lenses to get rid of the moisture to be able to see.

Perhaps your forget your lens cleaning kit, so you wipe your lenses on your shirt, risking scratching those glasses you chose so carefully. Eyeglass Supply Store has a solution that will keep your lenses clear: AR Fog Stopper!

How is AR Fog Stopper Different?

While other fog prevention products can only be used on certain types of lenses, AR Fog Stopper is the only fog prevention treatment that can be used on all types of lenses, including:

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Lenses with reflective coating

Not only does this mean that you can use AR Fog Stopper on your eyeglasses, you can also use it on car mirrors, sport goggles, and sunglasses to make sure everything you need is fog free. The application process is easy: put a few drops on the inside of the lenses and spread the solution, then let it air dry. Then polish your glasses after 15-20 seconds and you’re ready to go! Adding AR Fog Stopper to your eyewear care routine will keep your lenses protected and clear so they are ready to go when you are!

Choosing the Right Lenses and Keeping them Clean

Usually everyone focuses on their eyeglass frames. They want to pick the right color, shape, and thickness to compliment their face. They also want the style that is most comfortable. I know that when I was searching for my first pair of eyeglasses, I got sucked into looking at the hundreds of frames available in the store. But, one aspect of eyewear that is a bit under-appreciated is the lens.

The Common Mistake

While many people spend an hour or so picking out the right eyeglass frames, they fail to take the time to find the right lenses – this is a common mistake that you should avoid making. When you don’t consider the different features and benefits of different types of lenses, you miss out on important opportunities that you may regret later. Rather than having to switch lenses a month after getting your new eyeglasses, why not learn about which lens is right for you?

The Different Materials

When eyeglasses were first introduced, all lenses were made of glass. Glass lenses offer the optic quality that you want, but the downside is that they’re heavy and can break easily. Now, glass lenses aren’t widely used because if they break, they can actually harm your eye. However, as technology has advanced and we’ve made significant innovations in the optical industry, there are additional options for lens materials:

  • Plastic Lenses: These lenses are light weight, low cost, and excellent optical quality. Specifically, one of the major types of plastic used is a polymer called CR-39. This is a popular material for lenses today.
  • Polycarbonate Lenses: These lenses were introduced for safety glasses in the 1970s. Since then, they’ve become increasingly popular for children’s eyewear, safety glasses, and sports eyewear because polycarbonate is lighter and more resistant to impact than CR-39 plastic.
  • High-Index Plastic Lenses: These lenses were created to meet the growing demand for thinner, lighter eyeglasses. They’ve been produced over the past 20 years and they promise to be even thinner and lighter than CR-39 plastic lenses.

Important Treatments

After you select the right material for your lenses, you want to take time to decide if they should undergo extra treatments. For instance, you can opt for anti-scratching coating, anti-reflective coating, UV-blocking treatment, or Photochromic treatment. The different options offer unique benefits, such as protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays, and adjusting the darkness in the sun’s UV and high-energy visible (HEV) light rays. In addition, the photochromic treatment will turn to clear when indoors.

The Best Eyeglass Lens Cleaner

Now that you’ve carefully considered all your lens options (and hopefully made a decision), it’s time to select the right eyeglass cleaner to ensure that your lenses remain in good shape. This requires both finding the right lens cleaner and following the proper steps to clean your glasses. While there are a wide variety of lens cleaners and cloths available, if you’re looking for a step up from the traditional options, consider the new UltraVue Gel Lens Cleaner. This cleaner uses a unique patented formula that improves efficiency when cleaning your eyewear. The secret to its success is that the gel sticks to the lenses rather than sliding off like regular liquid cleaners. The UltraVue Gel Lens Cleaner promises to be a superior option and safe for use on all types of eyewear. The good new is, this unique patented formula is available at Eyeglass Supply Store. Shop around to find different sizes and colors – we even have complete kits which include the UltraVue Gel Lens Cleaner with a microfiber cleaning cloth. At Eyeglass Supply Store, we’re always exploring new products that can better satisfy our customers, so stick around for more innovations to come.

Introducing ReadeREST: The Magnetic Eyeglass Holder

As someone who wears glasses, I can say that despite my best efforts, there are days when I misplace them. Sometimes I’m out and about when I need to take off my glasses momentarily, like if it’s raining or foggy, but then I forget where I placed them. This is a common problem that I’ve noticed among others who wear eyeglasses.

What Are My Options?

At first, I thought that I was just getting old and my memory was failing me, but then I realized that there aren’t a lot of options for this common problem. There aren’t many products available to keep your glasses on you at all times. Of course, you have the typical chains and cords for around your neck or your plastic or metal clips, but in my opinion, these options may not be for everyone.

If you’re working as a nurse in a hospital and you’re using a necklace holder for your glasses, you’re going to be in a tough spot when you’re trying to run around trying to answer codes and treat emergency cases. Even the plastic clips can fail you then. There are plenty of careers that require people with glasses to have a better way of holding their eyewear, so it doesn’t get in the way.

Imagine this – you’re at work and you need to take your glasses on and off as you go between completing tasks on the computer, reading from papers, and driving to and from client meetings. You might have to take your glasses on and off five times or more throughout the workday alone. When you’re that busy, you don’t have time to waste trying to find your glasses. You can’t afford to lose them or else you’re missing out on valuable time that could be used more efficiently.

Now, if you relied on more traditional eyeglass holder options, you’d leave room for problems to arise, as we mentioned earlier. But it turns out there is a new solution…

Introducing ReadeREST

At Eyeglass Supply Store, we know that holding onto your glasses is important, which is why we carry ReadeREST, the magnetic eyeglass holder that was featured on Shark Tank. ReadeREST uses two small magnets on the eyeglass holder and the back plate. The back plate is placed under your clothing in the desired location and the holder goes on the outside.

But what makes ReadeREST better than traditional eyeglass holders?

First, the magnetic force is strong enough to self-center the holder over the backing, creating a more secure holder for your glasses. Second, it’s easy to use – once you place the holder on your clothing, just insert the arm of the eyewear through the opening between your clothing and the holder. In addition, this can be used on all clothing, making it a convenient, unobtrusive option for anyone with glasses. Because the connection is so secure, you don’t even have to worry about your glasses moving around throughout the day – they’ll stay exactly where you placed them.

Why Eyeglass Supply Store? At Eyeglass Supply Store, we understand that some people prefer traditional eyeglass holders, while others would like to take advantage of the new ReadeREST accessories. That’s why we make sure we carry a wide variety of all options to keep every customer satisfied. If you’re interested in the ReadeREST, shop around our site and check out the different styles, such as butterflies, hearts, and more.

Eyeglass Cleaning 101

Eyeglass Cleaning 101

In today’s day and age, eyeglasses are mainstream. More and more people are turning to eyeglasses, both for function and fashion. Those who suffer from poor vision rely on glasses to get through the day and even the people who just wear glasses as an accessory value their eyewear. That means it’s more important than ever to care for your eyeglasses. In

this post, our experts at Eyeglass Supply Store offer some basic tips for maintaining your eyeglasses to keep them looking great and working as needed.

Let’s start with some Do’s and Don’ts…

DO: Clean your eyeglasses throughout the day. When your glasses are exposed to dust and other debris in the air, it’s important to take the time to stop and clean them. But you may ask, what is the proper way to clean your glasses? There are different opinions about this but there are definitely bad habits people get into that they should avoid if they want their glasses to last.

Which brings us to a DON’T: Don’t wipe your glasses on your shirt or other pieces of clothing.  It might seem like a quick fix for the problem, but, by rubbing your clothing on your lenses you can actually end up scratching them. This creates even more problems than the little smudges you originally experienced. Another bad habit we often see is cleaning your eyeglasses with everyday household cleaners, like Windex. That’s a major DON’T, because most household cleaners contain ammonia, which can tear off the coating on your lenses and damage your eyes.

Now that we’ve gone over a couple of things to avoid when cleaning your eyeglasses, we’re going to offer our advice.

Eyeglass Supply Store Recommendations

Ideally, you want to be prepared with the appropriate supplies for cleaning your glasses. Therefore, DO purchase a high-quality eyeglass cleaner and cloth. The cleaner should be 100% safe on all lenses, non-streak, and anti-static. The cloths should be microfiber cloths that are 100% safe on all lens types.

We recommend our Purity Lens Cleaner and Purity cloths. The Purity Lens Cleaner is available on eyeglasssupplystore.com in all different sizes, ranging from 1 oz. containers to 1-gallon refill bottles. Our Purity Cloths are available in a variety of colors, both in bulk packaging or individual pouches for added convenience.

Once you have the right products, it’s time to go through the proper steps for cleaning your glasses.

Your Eyeglass Cleaning Regimen

  1. Wash and dry your hands to ensure that there’s no dirt or grime that could be transferred to your lenses.
  2. Rinse your lenses under warm water to remove any debris.
  3. Spray a small, but adequate amount of your cleaner on the lenses.
  4. Use your microfiber cloth to wipe off the excess cleaner without scratching the lenses.

 

As stated earlier, it’s important that you clean your glasses regularly. So, come up with a routine that you follow each morning and at certain points throughout the day as needed. Stick to your schedule and when in doubt, an extra cleaning can only help!

Why Eyeglass Supply Store?

At Eyeglass Supply Store, we’ve worked for over 20 years to become one of the most trusted provider of high-quality optical accessories and supplies. Our loyal customers can expect only the best quality lens processing supplies available, directly from the manufacturer. Explore our selection of cleaners and cloths to stock up on the supplies you need to keep your eyeglasses clean.

How to Replace Nosepads

Even though they’re tiny, nosepads are critical to having comfortable glasses. If they’re worn out or the wrong size or shape, you’ll definitely experience some discomfort. And, if the nosepads completely fell off, you’ll have to worry about the metal frames scratching your skin, which can end up ruining your day. Nosepads are typically the first part of eyeglasses to go, but that doesn’t mean you need to buy a new pair of glasses.

Finding the Right Eyeglass Supplies

If you know where to go for the right eyeglass repair supplies, you can replace the nosepads yourself. It only takes about 5-10 minutes, and it’s a much more cost-effective option.

Nosepad Replacement Tutorial

Below we outline the steps involved for replacing nosepads:

  1. Measure Your Old Nosepads – There’s nothing worse than going through the effort of buying new nosepads and putting them on, just to find out they’re the wrong size. To ensure that you don’t run into this unpleasant surprise, measure your old nosepads. The measurement corresponds to the length of the nosepad and should be reported in millimeters. Typically, nosepad sizes range from 6 to 24 millimeters.
  2. Find The Right Replacements – At Eyeglass Supply Store, we offer a variety of option for replacement nosepads including screw nosepads and snap nosepads. In addition, you can choose between HD Silicone nosepads and vinyl nosepads. Make sure that you’re buying replacement nosepads that are the same size as your old ones. Also, look at your ideal shape – is it teardrop, rectangle, circle, or D-shaped?
  3. Get Your Tools Ready – In addition to the replacement nosepads, you need the repair tools, including a screwdriver, magnifying glass, cloth, and screws. Sometimes it’s easier to purchase these items together in a repair kit, but you can also find the items sold individually. If you’re using snap nosepads or adhesive nosepads, you won’t need any additional tools.
  4. Remove the Old Nosepads – It you have the screw in nosepads, you need to have your screwdriver ready to remove the old ones. Simply loosen the screw with eh screwdriver and remove the old nosepads. It’s even easier with snap or adhesive nosepads – just push or peel the old ones off the glasses.
  5. Place the New Nosepad – Get your new nosepad and place it on the mount. If you have the screw nosepads, line up the hole that is on the nosepad with the one that is on the mount so that you can get the screw in easily. Sometimes it is helpful to use a pair of tweezers to hold the new nosepad in the proper position. If you’re using the snap nosepads, simply snap it on when you line it up on the mount. If you have the adhesive nosepads, line up the new nosepad exactly wear you want it to sit for optimal comfort and then firmly press the adhesive portion down.
  6. Insert and Tighten Screws – For the screw nosepads, insert the screw into the small hole that you have lined up on the nosepad and mount. You can either use your fingers to place the screw or tweezers, depending on which is easier for you. Make sure the screw is balanced in place, and then pick up the screwdriver and fit it gently into the groove of the screw. Carefully turn the screw to the right and use a little extra pressure towards the end to finish tightening it.

Once you check that your new nosepads are firmly in place, try your glasses on to make sure that they fit the way you want them to. Assess your level of comfort as you wear your glasses for the remainder of the day and if there is still something wrong, it may be time for a new pair of glasses.

Eyeglass Supply Store – Experts in Eyewear

While this is a very simple tutorial for changing nosepads, at Eyeglass Supply Store, we offer our expertise in a variety of topics related to eyewear. From cleaning your corrective lenses to maintaining your eye health and more, feel free to ask us any questions you may have as you browse our site for the perfect eyeglass supplies and accessories.

Shop Our Repair Supplies Today

How Do You Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

Eye health can be neglected by many people in lieu of skincare and oral care, among others. But as we age, our eyes require more care and we need to become more vigilant about ensuring that we protect our vision. Whether you wear corrective lenses, or you have 20/10 eyesight, you need to continue to care for your eyes.

Eyecare For All Ages

Children, adolescents, young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults, all need to focus on keeping their eyes healthy and while eyecare differs by age, there are some common themes. Below we outline some of the basic tips for caring for your eyes:

  • Schedule Regular Eye Exams – It is recommended to go for an eye exam at least once a year. If you really want to keep your eyes healthy, it’s even better to go every six months. For the children, this can help them succeed in school because most of the work they need to complete requires good vision. In addition, myopia (nearsightedness) is becoming a growing concern for children because as they age, they develop worsening conditions if left untreated. Getting regular eye exams also ensures that you are checked for Glaucoma. If you develop Glaucoma and leave it untreated, it can result in permanent vision loss. Finally, getting your regular eye exam protects more than your eyes – it can also diagnose other physical ailments that may have developed, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
  • Exercise – As we said above, eye health is tied to other physical conditions. Therefore, by engaging in moderate exercise, you can reduce your risk of developing serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and more, which in turn affect your eyes. In addition, studies have found evidence that engaging in exercise can reduce the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. While scheduling the eye exam is a great first step, it falls on you to take care of yourself and listen to what your optometrist recommends.
  • Don’t Smoke – Most people are aware that smoking can cause serious illnesses such as heart disease and lung cancer, but one area that has been understudied is its effect on eyesight. Smoking can cause vision loss or blindness. Smoking increases the risk of developing a variety of eye diseases such as:
    • Age-related macular degeneration
    • Cataracts
    • Glaucoma
    • Diabetic retinopathy
    • Uveitis
    • Infant eye disease
  • Protect Your Eyes from The Sun – Sunglasses aren’t just stylish accessories. They serve an important role in protecting your eyes against harmful UV rays. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), some of the negative effects of direct exposure to UV rays are cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium, which can cause astigmatism. It seems like buying yourself a pair of quality sunglasses is a much better alternative to developing these serious conditions. When you’re looking for the right sunglasses for you, identify the pairs that block out 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Wear Your Eyeglasses – Last, but certainly not least, if you need glasses or contact lenses, make sure that you’re wearing them as often as you need them to see. If you need them to see at all times, then you should be wearing them all the time. When you don’t wear your eyeglasses, it won’t necessarily make your vision worse, but you’ll be putting your eyes under a lot of extra strain. This results in headaches and fatigue. It’s also important to note that if you wear corrective lenses that are too strong for near vision tasks, you can cause the same problems as when you do not wear your glasses at a time when you do need them. Therefore, you want to always check in with yourself to determine when you should wear your glasses and remain aware of any pains that could be related to not wearing the correct glasses.

Maintaining Your Eyewear

At Eyeglass Supply Store, we know that getting glasses or contact lenses is just an initial step in caring for your eyes. In order to keep your corrective lenses working properly, you need to maintain them. That involves cleaning your lenses with a high-quality cleaner and microfiber cloth. If you have contacts, you want to make sure you have the right contact lens case to store them when you’re not using them. All of these supplies, and more, can be found on our website.

Learn More About Eyeglass Supply Store’s Products