You put your glasses on, see the smudges and do what the majority of the 50% of Americans wearing corrective glasses do–you grab your shirt or the closest piece of cloth available and clean them off. If you want your glasses to work their best for you for months and years to come there are better ways to get the dirt off. Our Denver Peepers Optical team, is here to help answer any questions you may have as you learn more about caring for your corrective glasses and the options you have for keeping them looking their best. Here are some things you need to know.
How Often Should You Clean Your Glasses
The American Optometric Association recommends washing your glasses every morning and making sure that you pay close attention to the state of the frames and earpieces where dirt, makeup or other hair products can build up. When cleaning your glasses, don’t cut corners by wetting them with saliva or just plain water. Saliva shouldn’t be used for basic hygiene reasons, and water won’t get the job done without some added elements.
What to Avoid When Cleaning Your Glasses
Some people approach cleaning their eyewear the same way that they approach cleaning their drinking glasses. But some of the basic household items you would use for your drinking glasses will strip away the coatings on your glasses. Household items you should avoid using are: vinegar, bleach, ammonia, or window cleaner. Avoid using your shirt because chances are it has dust on it and dust particles can scratch your lenses. Never reach for a tissue to clean your eyeglasses either. Tissues are derived from wood and can easily scratch your glasses.
Your Five-Minute Routine
According to an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal you don’t need the special sprays and microfiber cloths to effectively clean your glasses. All you need is some normal cotton cloth and some kitchen soap. There are numerous products out there that are marketed as the best way to clean your glasses, but the AOA recommends the most basic of options: kitchen-sink soap. The five-minute routine for cleaning your glasses requires you to:
Run them under warm water
Place a small drop of dishwashing detergent on the tip of your fingers to create a lather on the lens
Rinse with warm water
Dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth
Eyeglass cleaners are also available. These are great for quick cleanings. Simply spray the solution onto the lenses and wipe away with a soft, microfiber or cotton cloth. Many frames have small screws holding them together. Check these frequently to ensure they are still tight and secure.
Why Aren’t They Clean?
So, you go through the 5-minute routine of cleaning your glasses and they still don’t seem clean. Check closely, you might have scratches on your lenses, not dirt. Of the 69.1 million Americans who bought prescription spectacles last year, most purchased plastic lenses. Plastic is soft and scratches easily.
In-Store Cleaning and Adjustment
Another option if you are finding it difficult to get your glasses as clean as you want is to bring them into Peepers Optical for a free cleaning. We also provide other services, like free adjustments for the life of your glasses, loose or missing screw checks, and nose pad replacements.
Call for a Cleaning and Adjustment
You can increase the longevity of your glasses by cleaning them daily and visiting our office for needed adjustments and screw checks. A member of our Denver Peepers Optical staff will take good care of you and answer questions you may have about your eye health. If you have any questions about taking care of your glasses or your current eye health don’t hesitate to contact us at: (720) 370-1360 today to schedule an eye exam.