The Right Way To Clean Your Eyeglasses

It is important that you keep your glasses clean daily to prevent scratches on the lens and other damages. In addition, cleaning your eyeglasses daily is the best way to keep them looking great. However, you have to clean them the right way so as not to cause the damage yourself during the cleaning process.

Here are some tips on the best steps to take when cleaning your eyeglasses in order to ensure its safety during the process.

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly : Before cleaning your eyeglasses, make sure your hands are free from dirt, grime, lotion and anything else that could be transferred to your lenses.
  • Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water : This will remove dust and other debris, which can help avoid scratching your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid hot water, which can damage some eyeglass lens coatings.
  • Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens : Most dishwashing liquids are very concentrated, so use only a tiny amount. Or apply a drop or two to your fingertip instead. Use only brands that do not include lotions.
  • Gently rub both sides of the lenses and all parts of the frame for a few seconds : Make sure you clean every part, including the nose pads and the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears. Also, clean the area where the edge of the lenses meet the frame — dust, debris and skin oils frequently accumulate here.
  • Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly : Failing to remove all traces of soap will cause the lenses to be smeared when you dry them.
  • Gently shake the glasses to eliminate most of the water from the lenses : Inspect the lenses carefully to make sure they are clean.
  • Carefully dry the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free towel : Use a dish towel that has not been laundered with a fabric softener or dryer sheet (these substances can smear the lenses). A cotton towel that you use to clean fine glassware is a good choice. Make sure the towel is perfectly clean. Dirt or debris trapped in the fibers of a towel can scratch your lenses; and cooking oil, skin oil or lotion in the towel will smear them.
  • Inspect the lenses again : If any streaks or smudges remain, remove them with a clean microfiber cloth — these lint-free cloths are available at most optical shops or photography stores.

There are individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes which are formulated specifically for use on eyeglass lenses. You can buy them and use them to maintain your eyeglasses if the abovesupplies are not available to you.

Do Prescription Eyeglasses Cure Vision Problems?

Are you currently thinking whether prescription glasses will permanently correct your vision if you wear it for a period of time? Some people can think that after some time they will need to stop wearing their glasses and will start seeing better without them on. This is especially true for people who are myopes, hyperopes, presbyopes, or astigmats. I’ve heard so many people complain, to me that, “Doctor, I’ve worn my glasses for over 2 years, but each time I remove them my vision seems to be thesame way it was before I started wearing my glasses.” Some others complain and say “Doctor my vision seems to be worse than it was before I started wearing my glasses whenever I remove them.”

Well, the above complaints are expected, because prescription glasses only correct your vision when you wear them. Once you remove your glasses, your vision goes back to the way it was, and this is why glasses are called “vision aids”. They aid your eye process light properly whenever you wear them, thereby improving your vision. Once you remove the “vision aid”, your eye goes back to the way it was. Here’s an illustration for better understanding: When you’re on bare feet, standing on a cold floor, you feel cold. Once you put on a socks, you tend to feel warm, but once you remove the socks, you start feeling cold on your feet again. This is exactly the way your glasses and your eyes work. So what you need to do is wear your glasses regularly, visit your Eye Doctor regularly to examine your eye and know when to change your prescription.



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