Glasses will not last forever, no matter how sturdy they may be. The lenses will eventually get some scratches, even if they are scratch-resistant. However, good quality eyeglasses are designed to last for a long time. Caring for your glasses is key, and it includes a little bit of work on your part, including cleaning the lenses daily and properly storing them in the case.
In this blog, you will find tips on how to clean your glasses without scratching and how to keep the lenses and frames in their top condition. Our top five tips are also useful for safety glasses, sports eyewear, and sunglasses, so read on and find out!
Importance of Keeping Your Glasses Clean
Eyeglass technology has significantly improved over the years. Many products have reflection-free lenses to combat glare from screens and when you are driving at night. These glasses are also cosmetically superior as they let others see your eyes, but these lenses are more prone to smudging.
Whatever eyeglass you’re wearing, the lenses will soon degrade as they age. And if you have dry, flaky, or oily skin, it can become a problem. Smudges are a common issue, too, for people who wear makeup. Since we constantly touch our hair, face, and glasses, dust, grease, and grime can quickly build up on the lenses, blocking your sight. Dirt can also cause headaches and eye strain. That’s why it is necessary to have proper glasses cleaning cloth to remove daily debris.
Cleaning Your Lenses
Here’s what to use to clean reading glasses: a microfibre cloth and a cleaning solution. Appropriate glasses cleaning cloth is necessary to remove dirt on the lenses. It’s every eyeglass wearer’s best friend on the go. You can also use a spray solution made for glasses that’s safe for lens coatings and polycarbonate lenses. Alternatively, you can use dish soap that does contain lotion.
Always wash your hands before you clean to avoid transferring dirt and germs to your eyeglasses. Use warm or distilled water and run it over your glasses to remove dust that could scratch the surface.
Cleaning Your Frames
You should not neglect the eyeglass frame when cleaning. Dirt from your face and the environment collect on the hinges and screws. Since the frame touches your face, it can cause dermatological issues when it’s dirty. Here’s what to use to clean reading glasses or other glass frames:
Run warm water over the frames, wetting them thoroughly. Take some mild soap on your fingertips and gently apply it to the frames. Rinse under warm water. Put some rubbing alcohol on the towelette to clean the earpieces and nose pads. Allow to dry, and you can store the glasses in the case.
Our Top 5 Cleaning Tips
Your eyesight is precious, and so are your glasses. Here are five cleaning tips that will keep your eyeglasses clean and long-lasting:
1. Rinsing is the First Step
When you get home after a day at work or school, make sure that you rinse your eyeglasses first before you store them in the case. Don’t use hot water – only lukewarm water to avoid damaging the lenses and frame. Before rinsing, wash your hands first. Then, clean with both hands, so there is little risk of dropping or damaging the glasses.
Dab a tiny amount of dish soap or any mild soap to remove dirt on the back and side of the lenses. Rub gently for about a minute, and don’t forget the frame and nose pad. The inside edge of the lenses or the nasal part where the lenses meet the bridge of the frame is where most sweat and oil remain. Give this spot some extra love when cleaning.
2. Use Recommended Products
We’ve discussed above what to use to clean reading glasses, so be sure to use appropriate items. Some people use their shirttail, tie, tissue, napkin, and even paper towels. These things are bad for the lenses and may even strip the coating. Instead, grab the glasses cleaning cloth provided to you by your optometrist and wipe the lenses. Using other items can leave fine marks that will lead to a visual haze, which you certainly do not want.
Never use harsh cleaners or even your saliva. If you need to remove stubborn dirt or smudge, you can spray some cleaning solution for quicker restoration.
3. Clean Every Part of the Glasses
Most people take the time to clean the lenses but forget about the frames. Eyeglass frames are important, mainly because they have tiny spaces where bacteria can grow. Furthermore, this is the part of your glasses that always get in contact with your hands. It’s best to pay extra attention to them.
The frames touch your face, including your eyes and nose. If they harbour germs and bacteria, it can lead to skin issues and eye irritation. Check the nose pads, hinges, and screws and remove as much grime as you can when rinsing and soaping.
When cleaning the lenses, you can use your fingers and a microfibre cloth to dry them completely.
4. Use Your Case
When you’re not wearing your eyeglasses, don’t place them on the table or any surface, especially uneven ones. There’s always a risk of them falling and collecting dirt. Be sure to have your case with you, particularly if you are away from home, such as in your office. Instead of letting your eyeglasses sit on the table, place them in your storage case to protect them from dirt.
Also, don’t place your glasses on your head. It will not only accumulate dirt faster but can also lead to loosening and damage, whether you drop them or not. When storing, be sure that the glasses are dry. Wipe with a microfibre cloth before placing them in the storage case.
5. Don’t Buff Out Scratches
Never try to buff it out if you find a scratch on your eyeglass lens. Never use your finger or fingernail to remove the scratch. This will only make things worse. You could end up with a cloudy lens or even more scratches.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the scratch. Some lenses are scratch-resistant, which means that these flaws are not easily visible. However, once you find some scrapes on the lenses, they will be there forever. The only solution is to take your glasses to your optometrist. For your safety and optimum vision, you should always have your lenses replaced with unscratched ones.
Do you need durable scratch-resistant lenses? Talk to E Eye Place today for a replacement or a new pair. We also provide cleaning services to deep-clean and remove old nose pads with brand new ones.
Stephanie is an owner optometrist, researcher and educator. She has held clinical, teaching and research roles in Australia and overseas, and has extensive training and clinical experience. Stephanie is also the head optometrist at E Eye Place, on top of this, she is also currently a PhD candidate at UNSW. Dr Stephanie Yeo Optometrist BOptom (HC1) GradCertOcTher DOPT (Merit) CO Ophthalmic Medicines Prescriber.