Keeping your glasses clean is as easy as cleaning your teeth or washing your hands, but many of us become complacent or forget how to care for our lenses properly.
This leads to dirty glasses, which are harder to see out of, which can be as dangerous as not wearing our glasses at all.
However, the cleaning process can lead to damage to lenses, particularly small scratches if the wrong materials are used.
Follow these tips to make sure your glasses are always cleaned with care using the correct methods and materials:
• Wipe your lenses using the micro fibre cloth provided with the glasses. As tempting as it is to use your clothing (especially your sleeves!), natural fibres like cotton or wool can scratch the surface of the lens
• Make sure your hands are clean before you handle your glasses for cleaning. If you don’t clean your hands thoroughly and dry them with a lint-free towel before handling your glasses for cleaning, you will end up transferring dirt and grime straight away
• If there are stubborn smears or smudges, use a little soap or a small amount of ph-neutral washing up liquid and warm water (never hot water) to remove the marks, then dry with the micro fibre cloth. Alternatively, buy a lens cleaning solution from your opticians if you are wary of using soaps
• Don’t place your glasses lens down on a surface, as this causes the lenses to become scratched, and can weaken the lenses with time. Try to keep your glasses in their case when not being worn, or keep your glasses facing upwards
• Transport your glasses in the glasses case provided at purchase, and keep your glasses in the glasses case at night instead of face-down on a hard surface to avoid scratches
• Remember to fold the right arm over the left arm when storing your glasses. Most glasses frames are designed to fold this way; folding them otherwise may cause the frame to become misshapen
• Try not to keep your glasses in conditions where they may experience extreme temperatures, such as in the car, bathroom or conservatory. Extreme temperatures can cause the frames to warp, putting stress on the lenses, which may break. Titanium frames are a great idea if you work where you may experience extreme temperatures, as titanium doesn’t warp like a polymer frame would
These simple steps will help you keep your glasses as good as new, sparing you the expense of frequently replacing scratched lenses or bent frames, as well as eliminating the hazard presented by poor vision caused by dirty lenses.