This story was originally published in the Chicago Tribune Prime Time senior living section.
It’s easy to take your eyeglasses for granted, but they need repair and cleaning like everything else. Here are some cool, inexpensive gadgets to help you do just that, plus some fashionable ways to keep your glasses at hand.
There are plenty of microfiber cloths out there made to clean glasses, but the Spudz takes it to a whole new level of convenience. Spudz is a microfiber cloth attached to a small protective neoprene pouch that keeps it clean, so it doesn’t pick up debris in your purse or pocket. Best of all, the Spudz has a clip to attach to a zipper, camera case, backpack, etc., so it is always at hand. The Spudz’ outer pouch come in an array of colors, including camouflage for sporting types. Available at alpineproducts.com starting at $6.99.
La Loop is an ultra-stylish line of necklaces worn by a number of celebrities. But they are more than a fashion accessory. Each has a metal loop at the bottom that holds your eyeglasses or readers. The long lanyard style of La Loop keeps glasses handy but out of the way. The chains come in beautiful materials such as leather, sterling silver, acetate, pyrite, pearl, and more. There are so many styles, you may want to wear one every day. Available for men and women. Prices range from $25 to $450. Available at laloop.com and optical stores such as Spex.
SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit
When one of those tiny screws falls out of your glasses, it can be nearly impossible to find and reinsert it. The SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit makes it quick and easy. The kit comes with five extra-long screws that are easy to pick up and insert. The screw threads are designed to hold tightly, and a special screwdriver is included in the kit. Once the screw is in, simply snap off the long end, and voila, you have saved yourself a trip to the optical shop. The SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit is available at many online retailers such as Amazon.com for $4.99, and also at Office Depot, Walmart, Ace and Walgreens.
Where O Were
Why not keep your reading glasses where they’re needed — right on top of what you’re currently reading? The Where O Were is a nylon case with an elastic strap made to slip over a book, notebook, tablet, or e-reader. Simply slip your reading glasses into the case when you’re done and they’ll be there waiting for you the next time with no hunting around. They’ll stay cleaner this way too. The Where O Wear comes in nine colors. It is available for $13 at eyebobs.com and some optical stores.
EyeLoop Magnetic Eyeglass Holder
Sometimes it’s not convenient to keep your glasses in a pocket, a case or hanging from a lanyard. The EyeLoop Magnetic Eyeglass Holder allows you to attach them to your shirt. The 1.5-inch stainless steel loop hangs onto the front of your shirt, held in place by a special magnet. EyeLoop magnets are so strong, they will hold many times the weight of a pair of glasses. That makes the EyeLoop a safe place for glasses during outdoor activities, making it less likely to lose them. There is a variety of EyeLoops to choose from depending on the look you want and the thickness of your clothing. Sold for $10 at magneticeyeglassholder.com.