If you are a wearer ,to be able to see well you should ensure your spectacles are cleaned daily. Cleaning your spectacle lenses the correct way ensures that they will last longer, reduce lens scratches, and it will give you better vision.
How to Clean your Glasses and Prevent Lens Scratching
Wash your Hands
Before you start cleaning your glasses, ensure you wash your hands thoroughly. Anything that is on your hands transfers to your glasses and impairs their effectiveness at helping you see. Wash your hands in lotion-free soap or dishwashing liquid, and clean your hands using a lint free towel.
Rinse your Spectacles under Luke Warm Water
Hold your spectacles under a gentle stream of lukewarm water. This removes dust and debris which has a habit of causing scratches. Do not make the water too hot as this can damage lens coatings.
Apply lotion-free Dishwasher Liquid to each Lens
Using a drop of dishwasher liquid to each lens, clean your glasses ensuring you cover the frames as well as the lenses with the liquid. Concentrate on the area where the lens meets the frame as this is prone to debris build-up. It is very important you use a lotion-free brand, and you will only need a drop, literally a drop on each lens.
Once you have cleaned your eyeglasses rinse away all traces of the dishwasher liquid under lukewarm water as you did before.
Shake and Clean your Spectacles
Once you have rinsed away the last traces of dishwasher liquid inspect your lenses to ensure they are clean. If you can see areas that are still affected by debris then repeat the cleaning process. If you are satisfied they are clean, use a towel to dry gently dry them. It is important that the towel has not been washed with fabric conditioner and is lint free.
A clean, lint-free towel that is used to clean fine glassware is perfect for drying your glasses.
Inspect your lenses
After you have dried your lenses inspect them to ensure they are clean. If you spot smudges clean them off using a microfiber cloth. You can get lint-free cloths from your opticians and photography shops.
Tips for Looking After your Specs
These tips will help you look after your spectacles and keep them in good shape:
- Use specialist cleaning wipes if you’re travelling and can’t get your hands on dishwasher liquid or have access to running water. Ensure you use wipes which are dedicated to cleaning your glasses and are compatible with your lens coating. Other wipes can be incorrectly formulated.
- Consider using spray eyeglass cleaners. There are several different types. Always ensure they are compatible with your lens coating.
- As scratches cannot be repaired ask your optician about applying scratch resistant lens coating and ask if there is a warranty you can purchase. Always store your glasses in a case, and never place them on a table or counter on their lenses.
- If your lenses are in good shape but other parts of your glasses are deteriorating, take them to your optician for professional repair