corrective glasses, you understand two major factors that protect your glasses’ ability to help you see: keeping them clean, and keeping them scratch- and blemish-free. Unfortunately, many common habits with regards to the former point can interfere with the latter. When your glasses become soiled, it’s tempting to take the quickest and easiest route to clean them, but doing so can permanently hinder their functionality. Better options include lens-cleaning wipes – or good old soap and water.
Surprisingly, the preferred method for removing streaks and smears from your vision aids is simply to use liquid hand or dish soap and water, and air dry or wipe with a microfiber cloth. This doesn’t mean that you can grab just anything from under your kitchen sink when you get a spot or smudge. Even if you have glass lenses, window cleaner is a bad idea. Many of today’s lenses have special coatings – for example, to increase scratch resistance or protect from UV rays – and many cleaners can damage these sensitive layers. To get your lenses clean without compromising their surface, plain old soap and water is a good option.
Keep It Simple
When You’re On the Go
Unfortunately, you don’t always have a sink and a bottle of liquid soap within arms’ reach whenever you find yourself needing to wipe your lenses clean. To ensure that you can polish your glasses on a moment’s notice, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of carrying lens cleaning towelettes designed for that purpose. This will help you resist the temptation to rely on the spit-and-shine method, and it’s a better option than using a dry cloth alone. A dry surface scratches more easily than a lubricated one, particularly if your lenses are plastic rather than glass. Once they’re scratched, it’s impossible to undo the damage.
With one careless swipe of your shirttail, you can end up with scratches that mar your lenses and interfere with your vision. Protect your investment in your glasses by keeping them clean while minimizing the risk of permanent damage.
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