WASH YOUR GLASSES WITH SOAP AND WATER! Think about it, your glasses are on your face, do you want them stock piled with germs and debris? Not only is it good hygiene but it improves your vision and extends the lifespan of your glasses when you wash them properly. To list a few of the most common undesirables we regularly see caked in around the lenses, hinges and nose pads: dead skin cells, dried sweat build up, make up, hair products, dirt, etc. You get the point, wiping your lenses with a microfiber cloth just doesn’t cut it.
Microfiber Cloths are great when you are out and about; however they build up dirt over time. If you never fully wash your glasses and cleaning cloths you end up wiping dirt around on your lenses which will result in scratched lenses and eventually obstructed vision. You probably have seen this on your glasses at some point. It looks as though someone put hundreds of tiny circular scratches all over the lens with a super fine sand paper. If you never wash the frames, the salt in our skin as well as other beauty products dry out the frames over time which makes them more brittle and more susceptible to breakage.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR GLASSES LIKE A PRO: *RECOMMENDED ONCE A DAY
STEP 1: With clean hands, put a drop of dish soap on your finger tips. (Dawn, Palmolive, etc.) -Hand soaps are not recommended as they often contain lotions which can smudge the lenses.
STEP 2: Wet frames with room temperature water and rub entire frame and lenses with dish soap. *NEVER USE HOT WATER AS IT CAN DAMAGE THE COATINGS ON THE LENSES
STEP 3: Rinse frames and lenses again with room temperature water making sure all soap is removed.
STEP 4: Dry the glasses using a clean %100 cotton or linen towel. When wet these fibers do not scratch.
- WASH YOUR MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTHS IN THE LAUNDRY. DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENERS.
If you properly clean your glasses regularly you will; reduce scratches on the lenses, improve your vision through the lenses and add longevity to your favorite frames! The moral of the story is: Wash your glasses with soap and water!
What happens if/when you get a scratch on your lens? Remember coatings are scratch resistant not scratch proof! Life happens… so you probably will get a scratch at some point and when you do, contact your optician. All the best Anti-reflective/Anti-scratch coatings provide a 1 year warranty. Take advantage of it!
Stop into Optix Eye Care (across from N. Buncombe Middle School) anytime and we are happy to adjust or clean your glasses anytime.