If you wear glasses, you know that smudges are uncomfortable and can cause eye strain. But did you know that eyeglasses can harbor harmful bacteria unless they’re cleaned properly?
That’s why keeping your glasses clean is so important. Here are our top tips for cleaning your eyeglasses thoroughly and safely.
1. Use a Microfiber Cloth
Microfiber cloths are those small squares of cloth that usually come inside your eyeglass case when you pick up your glasses from your eye doctor.
They’re designed to gently and efficiently lift any dust, dirt, and grease from the lens’ surface.
Don’t use the bottom of your shirt, tissue paper, or other cloth — these will just smear grease around the lens, not actually remove it. Even worse, abrasive materials can push the dirt into the lens and frame, permanently scratching and damaging them.
Bonus tip — you’ll want to keep a microfiber cloth handy because they aren’t just great for glasses; they’re also perfect for cleaning phone and tablet screens.
2.Use a Lens Cleaning Fluid
You no longer need to use your breath to moisten your lens. You can easily purchase specialized fluids designed for cleaning your glasses.
But make sure they’re safe for various coatings like anti reflective (AR) coatings.
Some lens cleaners can be too harsh and strip away the coating, so look for “AR Safe” listed on the bottle.
Alternatively, you can use dish soap. But stick to the original kind — not dish soaps for sensitive skin or with added lotions.
3.The Type of Water Matters
If you’re using dish soap to clean your glasses, the type of water you use may make a difference.
Rinse your specs under lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as it can damage some lenses and coatings.
Also, if hard water flows from your tap, use distilled water instead for rinsing to avoid mineral deposits getting in your frames.
4.Try Compressed Air
Water streaks or droplet marks can make your vision uncomfortable. For crystal clear lenses, use a can of compressed air to dry the lenses and frames after rinsing.
5.Bring Them In to Your Local Optical
Overland Optical Family Eye Care Center is happy to help with all of your eye care needs. Our on-site repair lab will save you the hassle of shipping your eyewear out for repairs, or for a thorough cleaning.
To schedule an appointment or learn more, call Overland Optical Family Eye Care in Overland or St. Charles today!
At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 314-254-2211 or book an appointment online to see one of our Overland eye doctors.
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