Designer sunglasses can cost a lot of money. It's not unusual these days to spend several hundred pounds on top-of-the-range designer frames. AlphaOmega glasses repair experts handle scores of damaged or broken sunglasses every day and restore them to near-perfect condition.
Many customers believe their favourite glasses to be beyond repair or that we will be unable to source genuine replacement parts. However, our trained specialists can repair 99% of damaged glasses to the complete satisfaction of the most demanding customers.
Even high-spec sunglasses from top-name brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Gucci and Prada can be repaired using genuine parts, including lenses, arms and hinges. But it is far better to avoid damage wherever you can and keep sunglasses in good shape for a long as possible. We asked our glasses repair experts to offer tips and advice on how best to take care of your treasured sunglasses and keep them in tip-top condition.
Keeping your sunglasses clean is one of the best ways of prolonging their life and keeping them in good condition. It's not advisable to rub your lenses with a sweaty t-shirt or rub away stains with the nearest piece of cloth that comes to hand. Chances are you will only end up smearing grease around the lens. Always use a microfibre cleaning cloth designed for glasses or one that came with your sunglasses when you bought them. Remember also to clean the arms and nose pads to remove grease and help prevent slipping.
Use a proprietary lens cleaner to wipe away grease or dirt and always use a microfibre cloth. Harsh cleaners can contain abrasives that can scour the lens's face, leaving lens replacement the only option. If you don't have a lens cleaner to hand, use a drop of liquid soap in lukewarm water and rinse well afterwards. Never clean them with a dry cloth or something like a paper towel. No matter how smooth it looks, it will have rough fibres and dust that could scour the surface. Remember to hold the sunglasses by the lens frame as you clean to avoid damaging the arms or hinges.
One of the best ways to keep sunglasses is to pop them in a protective case when not using them. Pockets, handbags and purses are often littered with sharp objects like metal keys and loose coins. These are the main culprits when it comes to scratches and other damage. A soft protective bag will help, but a hardshell case offers the best protection. If you have nothing else to hand, at least wrap them in a soft cloth before putting them away.
It should go without saying that you need to handle those expensive designer shades with care, but it is remarkable what rough treatment some will get from their owners. Don't yank them off your head or stuff them in a shirt pocket and accidentally bend the arms or damage the temples. It's also not a good idea to push sunglasses on top of your head. It may look cool, but it can bend the arms out of shape, so they no longer fit comfortably on the face. And they can easily slip off if you bend over or look down with unfortunate results.
Designer sunglasses are not the best idea for the beach. The combination of sand granules and seawater is a major hazard. The sand can scour lenses and grind away at delicate temple hinges, while salt-laden seawater can cause lasting damage to metal components and lens coatings. Cleaning sand from sunglasses frames can create even more problems. If you need sunglasses for beachwear or water sports, then use a cheaper pair and keep those expensive shades well protected inside your beach bag.
They may not be the height of fashion at the moment but wearing a chain loop around the neck is highly recommended to prevent wear and tear. Instead of being crammed into a pocket or left lying around on a table, your favourite, expensive sunglasses will dangle on your chest with less chance of losing them or sitting on them. There are some glamorous sunglass chain accessories on the market that will keep you looking stylish and keep your sunglasses safe.
Many glasses get damaged or broken when not being worn. It pays to keep your sunglasses safe when not actually wearing them. Do not place them face down on a table or other surface as a single lens scratch can quickly ruin your frames. And never leave sunglasses in a car or anywhere where they might be subject to excessive heat, or it may warp the frame.