How to Clean and Look After Your Glasses
With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus, we have to be extra cautious with our hygiene. While there is still much we do not know about how coronavirus is transmitted, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you avoid touching your face to reduce the risk of the virus entering your system through your eyes, nose, or mouth. While new things are being discovered every day to address the question, “can coronavirus live on surfaces?”, it is more important than ever for eyeglass wearers to be especially careful about making sure their glasses stay clean.
Cleaning your eyeglasses
Many people don't realize that "cleaning" their lenses can actually be harmful! If you use everyday materials that are not safe for your glasses' lenses, it may be scratching or ruining the surface. Here are some of our top tips to clean your glasses to avoid the spread of bacteria:
1) Wash your hands
You should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before you touch your glasses. In an effort to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, WHO recommends using alcohol-based formulations to wash your hands when they are not visibly dirty.
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2) Clean your lenses
If there is a lot of debris or gunk on the lenses, rinse them under slightly warm water. Use a lens cleaning spray that states safe to use on eyewear. It’s best to use a clean microfiber or lint-free cloth to wipe away any smudges.
If you're wondering where you can get these items, you're in luck, because SmartBuyGlasses includes a free lens cleaning cloth with each pair of glasses. For the spray, any optical glasses cleaning spray is suitable, you can find these at most Opticians, Pharmacy stores and Supermarkets.
Keep reading for more information about what materials and solutions to avoid when cleaning your glasses
3) Disinfect your frames
You can use the optical lens spray on your frames since it will be gentle enough, this will clean general dirt from your frame. For disinfecting, you can use any mind or gentle antibacterial wipes on the frame front and sides, but be careful not to use this on your lenses.
Cleaning and disinfecting your glasses and other surfaces in your home can help wash away and break down bacterias and viruses such as the coronavirus
Defog your lenses
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people that are taking care of sick or elderly patients are required to wear masks for a long period of time. This can increase the condensation that rises from your breath to your glasses.
With SmartBuyGlasses you can get an anti-fog coating for your lenses. This type of lens coating can be applied to plastic, polycarbonate and high-index lenses. If you don’t have this coating, you can defog your glasses by wiping them down with a microfiber cloth.
Things to avoid when cleaning your lenses
1) Stay away from tissue paper and clothing
Never use shirts, cotton tissues, napkins, paper towels or dishwashing soap. Using any of the above-listed items has the potential to damage the coating of the lenses over time and void the warranty on the eyeglasses.
Though these common items might seem harmless, they are actually made up of small materials and have uneven surfaces that may scratch your lenses. These scratches will distort the way light passes through your glasses and lead to vision issues or eye irritation in the future.
If you need to wash your lens cloth, it is advised to stay away from adding fabric softener as it can make your glasses streaky
2) Stay away from dish soap, window cleaning fluid or saliva
Your glasses are an investment- and if they get stained, it might seem intuitive to use saliva to wipe them off. However, saliva is unhygienic and may actually spread more dirt and particles around. Spreading saliva to other surfaces could put others at risk of contracting Coronavirus or other harmful viruses and bacterias.
Your next instinct might be to use a cleaning solution on your glasses. Beware: chemicals found in many cleaning solutions are quite dangerous to have so close to your eyes, and maybe corrosive and ruin your lenses. You should only use an optical lens spray or cloth that is specifically formulated for glasses.
Most online sources, when doing a quick google search, show how to use dish soap when cleaning the lenses of eyewear. The only time to use a coin-size amount of dish soap is if the lenses DO NOT have any form of anti-reflective or UV protecting coating such as zFORT® on the lenses. Having this type of coating on the lenses and then using dish soap will over time strip and break down the lens coating. When unsure if you should or should not use dish soap, the best idea would be to not use it. By striping coatings off, the lenses are then more subjectable to other forms of oils and damages, like eyelash abrasions.
Avoid dish soaps that contain lanolin and oils for skin softening. These soaps can smear your lenses—even permanently. Also, avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners: ammonia, bleach and bleach-based cleaners, automatic dishwasher soap, turpentine, citrus-based cleaners, polishes, and harsh chemicals. These cleaners can strip away any anti-glare or anti-scratch coatings and cause damage.
By using substances other than optical sprays and wipes to clean your lenses, will void your warranty.
Storing your eyeglasses
Once your glasses are all clean, the next important step is to store them properly! The best glasses case is a hard, protective one to ensure that your glasses will not be squished or misshapen.
For more information on this topic, check out our video guide below, or contact an optician with any more questions!
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