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How and with what to clean eyeglasses?
How and with what to clean eyeglasses?

Anyone who wears glasses knows that they deteriorate over time. The lenses are scratched, the frame is deformed, and because of this, the quality of vision deteriorates. Replacing glasses is quite an expensive procedure, so people often neglect the clarity of vision.

Naturally, there are no positive aspects to this. So that they serve as long as possible and vision was clear, it is necessary to take care of them. These are very simple actions that do not require special financial costs and take very little time. By doing these steps you will extend the life of your lenses and save money.

So what is important to remember:

  • When you take them off, they must be in a special case.
  • You can wipe the lenses only with special wipes (you cannot use the first cloth that comes to hand)
  • Periodically, it is necessary to wipe them with special solutions (you can find such a solution in the nearest optics store)

How to store glasses correctly?

So why should you wear glasses in a case? Obviously, throwing them in your bag will inevitably scratch the glass. You may not notice microcracks, but they will constantly interfere with your eyes. The frame may bend slightly. The glasses will sit unevenly and your eyes will immediately feel it.

Eyesight will be overstrained. A case is usually included, so do not neglect to use it.

If you were sold without a case, you can always buy it at an optics store. It is quite inexpensive, durable, and most importantly necessary.

What napkins should I use to wipe my glasses?

Many people neglect the use of napkins, and wipe the lenses with a scarf, handkerchief, sweater sleeve, etc. Visually, it seems to us that this does not bring any harm. However, microscopic scratches remain. This reduces the clarity of vision and wears out the glass. Therefore, it is necessary to take a responsible approach to the choice of napkins.

First, you need to know whether your lenses are made of glass or plastic. For classic glass, specialized stores sell wet wipes that remove dust, grease from fingers and other contaminants, while not harming or leaving scratches. If the glasses are plastic, you must have a microfiber cloth.

It is a special fabric that does not leave the slightest scratch. This is especially important for plastics, as coarse fabrics seriously damage this material. Also today there are a number of glasses that protect against the negative effects of computer radiation. They are covered with a special film, and if you clean them incorrectly, you can spoil the glass once and for all, and deprive them of the functions that they perform.

For them, optics stores sell special solutions for cleaning. If you don't have such a solution, you can use the same microfiber. However, before wiping the glasses with a soft cloth, it is recommended to rinse them under warm water, you can use liquid soap to remove grease, and then wipe with a cloth. It is best to wipe the frame and the gap between the frame and the glass with alcohol, but avoid getting alcohol on the glass.

Even if the lenses are not covered with special protective films, you cannot:

  • Wipe clean with a paper towel (its fibers are too hard and will leave scratches)
  • Wipe them with a handy cloth (it will leave scratches just like a paper napkin)
  • Wash with glass cleaner
  • Wipe clean with alcohol or ammonia
  • Clean glasses with bleach or vinegar
  • Rinse under hot water
  • Leave them to dry without rubbing (water droplets will dry and leave traces)
  • Putting glasses on your head when you wash (microscopic water droplets will settle on the glass, and your vision will be more cloudy)
  • Stay in them while using hairspray, perfume and other sprays (their particles also settle on the glass)

How is it recommended to care for your glasses?

From all of the above, you can make a short list of simple recommendations for using glasses:

  1. Store them correctly in a special case
  2. Always have a microfiber or a special damp cloth with you in case they accidentally get dirty
  3. Rinse them every evening with warm water (optionally with a soap base)
  4. Periodically wash with special solutions that are sold in specialized stores (it is more convenient to use sprays. They evenly clean the glass)
  5. Periodically clean the frame with alcohol or the same special solution

If your child wears glasses, you need to be prepared for the fact that you will have to keep them clean. Explain to the kid the need to use the case, control that the microfiber is always in his bag (briefcase), and of course do not forget about the need to rinse them. If you teach your child to take care of glasses every evening, in addition to brushing their teeth, it will become a habit, an integral procedure.

This will save you money on buying new lenses and keep your eyesight clear and good. If the child complains that his vision has become worse, before running to the ophthalmologist, make sure that the glasses are not stained with greasy prints and dust, it may just be necessary to clean the glasses.

What if the glasses are already scratched?

Of course, wearing a scratched lens is harmful to your eyesight, so it's best to replace it right away. If they are already scratched, but there is no way to get new ones, there are a number of methods to help solve this problem.

It should be noted right away that this applies only to plastic glasses.

  • You can use a computer spray. These sprays remove minor scratches from discs. They will not damage the lenses. Spray on this spray and wipe with microfiber.
  • A non-abrasive toothpaste (i.e. no grains) can also deal with scratches. Rub it into the crack, then remove it with a damp cotton swab or soft cloth.
  • Use a car washer. It will not only eliminate minor scratches, but it will also repel water and the lenses will not fog up.
  • Polishes for wood, copper and silver are also suitable. Just apply the polish, and remove the rest of it with a damp soft cloth or cotton swab.
  • You can use soda. Dilute it with water and rub in a circular motion into the scratch. Then rinse off with a damp cotton swab or cloth. The baking soda will fill the crack.

Please note that if your lenses are coated with protective films or anti-reflective coatings, none of the above methods will work. Not only will you fail to fix the scratches, you will ruin them completely.

If your glasses are often scratched and we can't avoid it, cover the lenses with special film. By analogy, clocks and phone screens are now covered with such a film. This film will not affect the transparency of the glasses, will not interfere with vision, but will eliminate the need to often buy new lenses.

This procedure, of course, cannot be carried out independently, and it is better to do it in a special store, in consultation with a person who specializes in this matter.

The same goes for the choice of cleaning products and wipes. Today there is a huge selection of different methods of lens care, and if you have already taken up this issue, use the help of a specialist and find what is right for you, for your specific lenses.

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