Taking care of your glasses

Your eyeglasses are an investment. Not only do they allow you to see the world clearly, but they also serve as a fashion accessory that can help you express yourself. In today’s post, the eye care experts at Nova Vision Center share tips on how to take care of your eyeglasses.

Rinse Your Eyeglasses Before Wiping

Always rinse your glasses off with tap water before you wipe the lenses. Wiping them directly may cause particles to grind against the glass and cause scratches. Rinsing the lenses first gets rid of such particles, after which you can use the cloth that came with your eyeglasses. Do not allow drops of water to dry on the lenses as this can cause water stains.

Use Only Products Designed for Use on Eyeglasses

When cleaning your glasses, only use liquid products designed for use on eyeglasses. Window cleaning products may be intended for use in window glass, but they typically contain ammonia that may strip the coatings on your eyeglasses.

The same goes for what you use to wipe the lenses. Never use handkerchiefs, paper products or even the tail of your shirt. Paper and cloth can trap abrasive particles that can scratch the lenses. If you’ve lost the cloth that came with your glasses, ask your eye doctor if they sell replacement cloth.

Store Your Glasses Properly

Always keep the case that came with your eyeglasses within reach, and store your glasses in it when you have to remove them for more than a few minutes, such as when you go to sleep or take a bath. Keeping your glasses in their case prevents damage to the frames and lenses.

Disinfect Your Glasses After Spending Time Outdoors

Viruses can survive on glass surfaces for as long as nine days. This means you need to disinfect your glasses, along with other outerwear, when you return from a trip to the supermarket or similar places. Avoid using bleach, alcohol, ammonia or acidic products when disinfecting your eyeglasses. Instead, use dish soap and lukewarm water to gently clean the glasses and wipe using an eyeglass cleaning cloth. Alternatively, use antibacterial, pre-moistened lens cleaning wipes.