Is anyone having problems with their plastic eyeglass frames - well, drying out? I have a pair of plastic tortoise shell frames that keep - discoloring, turning whitish? - on the bridge. Now, these glasses are almost 10 years old, so maybe I should just get a new pair. But I like them.
It seems to me that the plastic is drying out. First, I tried rehydrating them with some lotion. That didn't work so well, but maybe it was my lotion. So then I tried "pure" lanolin. Which works a little better, but, of course, makes a goopy, not-so-easily-cleaned mess on the lenses. They look pretty good for about 4 weeks with lanolin.
eHow says that the plastic is discolored from chemicals - and that I should SAND the frame! Yikes. I don't know if I'm brave enough to try this when lanolin is working just fine (for 4 weeks). Has anyone tried this? Maybe I'm making the problem worse with the lanolin.
An optometrist in Munich did something to them that worked for about 6 months. Unfortunately, I didn't ask him what he did.
Later experimentation here.