The Tribune - Spectrum

, June 16, 2002

Sunday Activity

Sunglasses can be fun & save you from the sun

Donít wet the sunglasses with oily water
Donít wet the sunglasses with oily water

SUNGLASSES and summer go hand in hand. With the fiery sun casting his fiercest gaze at all mortals, it is safest to hide behind a pair of Ray Bans. Not only do goggles protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays, they also let you express your sense of style.

The market is brimming with countless types of eyewear that now comes in almost all shades and shapes. Hereís a brief checklist of the goggle styles for the season and tips to keep them visibly clean:

This summer's fashion lines are heavily influenced by sthe tendencies of the '70s. Oversized rimless shades are all '70s-ish, and they'll definitely "glamour up" your look for summer.

Metal frames are sturdier but give a more masculine appearance. As for colourful plastic frames, not everyone can carry them off. It takes a distinguished style, as well as an "I don't care" attitude.

Gradient lenses are made in single or dual colours, and they normally taper gradually from a darker shade on top of the lens to a lighter one at the lower part.

For a clean and futuristic look, opt for a stylish pair of shield-shaped lenses. A shield lens is a one-piece oversized rimless lens, with attached arms elegantly screwed in to fit comfortably around the ears.


Handle with care

Maintaining your goggles properly is as important as goggle safety itself. No longer is it the simple "goggles on, goggles off" lecture.

  • Keep your goggles separated from the rest of your gear. The goggles should have their own hard-sided, or semi-hard-sided, case. If you're driving and not using them, put them on the seat next to you, or on the lap of the person in that seat or in the glove box.

  • Even if the goggles are in a case, you should cover the lenses. Some people wrap and tie a bandanna around the goggles, to cover the lenses. This is done so that the interior of the bag or case does not brush against the goggles and scratch the lenses.

  • Follow all manufacturer's instructions on the care and cleaning of your lenses and goggles. Do not use any cleaner or anti-fog chemicals that are not specifically recommended by the manufacturer .

  • Many recommend you change your lenses every time they crash to the ground or are hit by something. This is a good idea; however, it's expensive. You should check the lenses to see if they are still securely in the frame and that they have not been damaged. If you even think the lenses may not be up to the job they're intended to do, replace them.

Keep them clean

Clean your goggles thoroughly as soon as you get home.

Keep the goggle bag clean and dry. Shake it out and make sure there are no small rocks/dirt/sand/twigs,etc. This will keep foreign objects from scratching your lenses while they are in your case.

The lens coating becomes, over time, a little bit temperamental.This is not true of a brand new lens, but after a week's wear, the anti-fog coating will become less effective, and wetting the lenses will be required more often, especially first thing in the morning.

  • For this put them in a clean drinking glass and add distilled water to cover them, then let them soak overnight. After an overnight soak, the lenses behave better -- they don't need multiple wettings to get them going in the morning . Two nights of the treatment is even better. Then after a month or so, they may need the overnight soak again.

  • For a quick mioisturising job, hold them with eyecups facing up, put distilled water in each eyecup, let soak for 15 seconds. Then tip the water out, give the goggles a shake dry, and put them on the face. Any water spots will soon smooth out. Don't let the water get in the eyes; even the cleanest looking water can carry microorganisms.

  • Leave the goggles on the face at all times to keep the moisture in. If you remove the goggles for more than 30 seconds or so, you will usually have to rewet them. Normally, the moisture from the eyes and sweat inside the goggles should keep the lenses moist enough to be fogfree, but at times you do need to rewet them.

  • If you do amateur optician work on the goggles (replacing the nosebridge, rotating the gaskets, replacing the lenses, etc.) be sure to wear disposable gloves to avoid smudging the lenses.

What not to do

  • Don't touch the lenses inside or out; finger oils will smudge the lenses and will deteriorate the anti-fog properties.

  • Don't wet the lenses with oily or waxy water.

  • Don't get suntan lotion on to the lenses.

  • Don't try to clean the lenses with alcohol, which is said to remove the anti-fog coating.

  • Don't use dishwashing liquid to clean lenses.

ó Chetna Banerjee

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