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How to Properly (or Improperly) Clean Your Eyeglasses

May 16, 2017


Lately, you started wearing glasses a bit more often or maybe all the time. You found a fantastic pair of frames, and road signs are clear again! Whether you are new to the joys of wearing glasses or a seasoned wearer, you’re probably well aware of the frequent bother of keeping your vision clear of specks and smudges on your lenses. And maybe you often breathe on your glasses and grab the bottom of your shirt to wipe them clean. Turns out, that’s a bad idea! Read on for the proper (and improper) ways to clean your eyeglasses.

Don’t spit or exhale! I’ve seen lots of people do it, but you can’t assume these tactics are free of bacteria or particles. You can use eyeglass cleaner spray, but if you don’t have that available, use lukewarm tap water. You can also use a tiny amount of safe dishwashing soap. 

Do your best to not wipe your lenses when they are dry. Water might not always be accessible, but debris already on the surface of your lenses can cause scratches when you clean them. Pre-moistened lens wipes are also an option.

Resist using your shirt, despite the convenience. There are microfiber cloths specifically made for cleaning lenses. Using a tissue, paper towel or other material could scratch the surface. If you don’t have a microfiber cloth for eyewear, be sure to use a clean, soft cotton cloth.

Make a visit to your eye care provider. They may be able to give some recommendations or provide a more thorough cleaning.

Start the habit of cleaning your glasses every day. Since they are an investment, and you love your new frames, keep them as long as you can. These tips will help their longevity.

Look for other tips caring for your eyeglasses in upcoming blogs.


Category: Vision

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