Posted on 04 March 2021
For anyone who wears glasses, you have no doubt experienced smudges and bothersome marks on the lenses at some point. Blemishes on your lenses can be distracting, especially if trying to read, watch television or drive. Whether you are new to glasses or are just looking for a better way to keep them clean and protected, here is some advice to help you take care of your glasses.
HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN YOUR GLASSES AND LENSES
Cleaning your glasses can be just as important as washing your hands. After all, you probably touch your lenses multiple times a day, and you might even take them off and put them down on surfaces. Videos showing life hacks suggest some pretty unusual ways to clean specs including steaming, cleaning with tooth paste and certain chemical products. But beware, many lenses have coatings which are sensitive to some of these methods being used and with repeat exposure can cause the lens to craze (look like a dried up river bed)
In practice we use a lens spray with the perfect solution for cleaning lenses without causing damage to the coatings. As part of our Eco project we are giving away bottles with this solution that you can have free refills to save the plastic bottle.
Alternatively, the safest and easiest way to clean your glasses and lenses is to use warm water and a little bit of pH-neutral soap. Apply the mixture gently across the frame and lenses using your finger and thumb. Be sure to clean the parts of the frame that come into contact with your face, as this will remove any skin oils and dirt.
To dry your glasses, use a soft cleaning cloth, like the one that comes with your lenses. Try to avoid paper towels or facial tissue. And its a no, don't use the underside of your t-shirt or jumper.
For day-to-day cleaning, you can simply wipe your lenses with an optical cloth. If you would like a more thorough cleaning procedure, ask your local practice for an ultrasonic cleaning service.
HOW TO PREVENT YOUR GLASSES FROM SCRATCHING
Our glasses can go through a lot in one day! It's essential to keep them out of harm's way to avoid scratches. Try to get into the habit of keeping your glasses in a case when you are not wearing them. You should avoid leaving your glasses lens-down on surfaces too.
If you'd like to protect your lenses even further, you should complete your glasses with a scratch-resistant lens coating. Crizal coatings are covered by a two-year scratch guarantee* so that you can enjoy clear vision every day with peace of mind.
How to stop your lenses from smudging
Similarly, you might often notice smudging on your lenses; most likely from your fingers catching the lens as you pick up your glasses or take them on and off. Wiping your lenses daily with an optical cloth can help remove most smudges. Try to avoid leaving your glasses in potentially messy places such as the kitchen. Sometimes dirt can be in the rims of the frame and when cleaning the specs the dirt from this area is moved onto the lens. An ultrasonic clean removes this dirt as well as a clean with a cotton wool bud around the rim.
Crizal lens coatings can also help to provide a smudge and dirt-resistant layer for your lenses, making them easier to clean and look after.