The eyes are an important part of our body that help us interact with the world around us. As such, it’s always a good idea to care for our eyes as much as possible to preserve their function into our later years. But for those with myopia or other vision issues, a pair of eyeglasses is often an extension of the eyes and should be properly cleaned and cared for.
Wearing dirty eyeglasses is never a good idea, as when you have grease or debris stuck on your lenses, you are predisposing yourself to health issues such as headaches and eye strain. In the long run, this may negatively impact your eyesight.
At Seasons Retirement, the overall well-being of our residents is our utmost priority. We provide transportation for our older adults to and from their eye care appointments.
This article will discuss the best way to clean eyeglasses and the mistakes to avoid when cleaning your glasses.
Before cleaning your glasses, ensure you have all the necessary supplies within your reach. The following are the items you need to wipe your glasses clean:
Cleaning a pair of eyeglasses is not challenging, as it requires very little effort. However, you have to exercise great care and precision to get the best results. Here’s how to properly clean your glasses:
The first step in cleaning your eyeglasses is washing and drying your hands, as you do not want to smear the frames with oil or dirt from your skin during the process.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water before drying them with a neat, lint-free towel or cloth.
Hold your glasses — both frame and lenses — under a tap of lukewarm water. Slightly warm water is most suitable for removing dust and dirt from your eyeglasses without the risk of damaging the special coatings on the lenses.
Placing a drop of dishwashing liquid on each lens is the next step on how to properly clean glasses. After adding the soap, gently caress it over the lenses and whole frame. Pay extra attention to the parts of the eyeglasses that come in contact with your skin, including the nose pads, temples, and temple tips.
Note that not all dishwashing liquids should be used to clean your eyeglasses, especially if your glasses have been prepared with anti-glare and anti-dust coatings. Using certain stronger dishwashing liquids can remove these coatings, leaving your eyeglasses more prone to dust and dirt building up on the lenses, and removing the glare protection properties.
If you don’t have a suitable dishwashing liquid, you should consider using an eyeglasses cleaning solution. However, ensure you don’t overuse the solution and that the product is approved for use on lens coatings.
For the second time, hold your glasses under running water to wash off the soap on the lenses and frame. Rinse thoroughly to ensure all traces of cleaning solution or soap have been removed.
This final step is just as crucial as the first one, as you don’t want to leave specks of cotton lint on the glasses. Make sure to gently dab your eyeglasses dry with a clean microfiber towel.
After drying, hold your glasses up towards light to look for any grit or smudge you may have missed.
The steps mentioned above are the best way to clean eyeglasses. Now, here are a few tips you might find helpful during the cleaning process, and they include:
If, after several cleaning sessions, you still notice an accumulation of greasy dirt around your glasses’ nose pads or temples, professional cleaning may be necessary. Also, if you notice consistent breakouts on the face parts that your glasses touch, you should have them professionally cleaned.
Many opticians, optometrists, and eyeglass retailers offer professional cleaning services for eyeglasses. You might even get a free cleaning service from the store where you bought your glasses.
Cleaning eyeglasses should be an essential part of your older adult’s daily routine. Aside from improving your older one’s eyesight, following these instructions on the best way to clean eyeglasses will help keep eye infections and skin issues at bay.