As autumn moves on and spring moves in, its’ time to look on the brighter side of life, so make a start with your eyeglasses.
Cleaning your eyeglasses daily will help you see, restriction free, as well as keep your glasses looking good – and prevent scratches on the lenses.
There are correct and incorrect ways of doing this, so let’s focus on the positive.
- Before you start, ensure your hands are clean – so wash them with lotion-free soap and dry them on a lint-free towel. You don’t want any dirt, grime, lotion, or any other particles on your hands, to be transferred to your lenses.
- A gentle rise in lukewarm water will remove any ‘foreign’ objects from your lenses. This will help avoid scratching your lenses when you clean them. Avoid hot water. It can damage some lens coatings.
- A small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens will be sufficient.
- With care, rub your lenses on both sides and include all parts of the frame, as well. Remember the nose pads, the arms where they rest behind your ears, as well as the areas where the lenses meet the frame – this is where dust, debris and skin oils are known to accumulate. Most people neglect to clean their frames, and this can lead to all kinds of minor dermatological issues.
- Give lenses and the frame a thorough rinsing – you don’t want traces of soap to smear your clean lenses when you dry them.
- Gently dry your lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel. Ensure the towel is clean – anything trapped in the fibre will scratch your lenses and any oil or lotion will smear them.
Lens-cleaning wipes are a suitable alternative when you’re on the hop.
Cleaning your eyewear lenses should be part of your daily routine – and once a week for the frames, is recommended.
It’s important to note:
- that beyond being annoying, dirty lenses can cause eye strain and headaches
- the growth of bacteria is more likely on glasses that haven’t been cleaned in a while, putting sensitive areas, such as your nose and your eyes, at risk – this can result in staph infections.
In closing we need to highlight what not to do.
- Avoid cleaning your lenses with paper towel, tissues, and the fabric of the clothing you are wearing – over time you will lose lens clarity.
- Nail varnish remover can damage lenses as well as plastic frames, so it’s a no-no
- Don’t use saliva, it carries germs and it is likely to create smudges.
- Never ever use window, glass, or mirror cleaner; ammonia; bleach; vinegar; lemon juice; toothpaste – and don’t exhale on to the lenses.
How you rest your glasses is as important as cleaning them. Always place eyewear with the lenses upwards to prevent scratching the delicate lenses. When storing your glasses ensure they are in a hinged, hard-shell case.
Please read our previous blogs to keep yourself informed about eye conditions and eye care.
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