Stop. Before you use your shirt to clean your eyeglasses, you might want to read up on how to prevent damage to the lenses. Today's eyeglasses aren't made of glass at all, but a high-strength polycarbonate. While these lenses are shatterproof, they are more prone to micro-etching when using the wrong materials to clean them.
Give Your Glasses a Deep, Safe Clean in 7 Easy Steps
We love this method because it's highly effective and patients most likely have everything they need to perform this in their own home.
- Wash those dirty mitts. Before you clean your glasses, wash your hands. Lint-free cloths and eyeglass cleaning swabs are excellent at removing dirt -- and this also includes grime and oil from your hands, which could find their way onto your eyeglasses.
- Start the tap. Run your glasses under the tape with lukewarm water. You read that right; we are going to clean eyeglasses the same way fine restaurants clean crystal wine glasses to make them spot-free.
- Get the dish soap ready. Add a drop of dishwashing liquid to both lenses. Using a lotion-free, mild dishwashing liquid, apply a small drop of liquid to each lens.
- Give it a good rub. Using your fingertips, rub the dish liquid around the front and back of the lenses as well as the frame and nose pads.
- Time to rinse. Turn on the tap again so the water coming out is lukewarm. Run your eyeglasses under the faucet until they are free of any soap, suds, and residue.
- Carefully fan the glasses. Air dry your glasses by gently waving them back and forth. Alternatively, you could use a hair dryer's "cool" setting.
- check the lenses for imperfections. Inspect your eyeglasses to make sure they are free of water spots and residues. This is also a good time to inspect your lenses for blemishes. This is best done with a desk lamp, inspecting the lenses at multiple viewpoints.
Keep Your Lenses in Tip-Top Shape
As we mentioned earlier, the best way to keep your lenses free of scratches and etches is to avoid improper cleaning methods and to store your eyeglasses in a felt-lined case when not in use.
If it's been a while since your prescription has been checked, or your eyeglasses have seen better days, schedule an appointment at Pycraft Family Eye Care.