When it comes to prescription glasses care, there’s a simple rule that, if followed, will virtually guarantee years of optimum performance from your glasses: If they’re not on your face, then keep your eyeglasses in a case.
Trouble is, no one really follows that simple rule, all of the time. If you, like so many of us, don’t always use a solid case to store your prescription glasses, then the following lens care do’s and don’ts tips will go a long way toward maintaining your healthy sight.
- Don’t wipe lenses when they’re dry. Any debris on their surface or dust in the cleaning cloth could cause scratches.
- Don’t wipe lenses with a tissue, paper towel, or paper napkin. They can have a rough surface.
- Don’t use ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner, which can harm lenses and their coatings. (Most lenses are now coated, usually with an anti-reflective layer.)
- Don’t spit on your lens. While spit is a handy cleaning solution, saliva may contain oil or something else that’s damaging. Exhaling on lenses before cleaning won’t get them very wet, and ophthalmologists don’t recommend it.
- Don’t put unprotected glasses in a purse, pocket, or bag.
- Don’t regularly place glasses on a sink or vanity top. Sprays, and cosmetics can soil lenses, and hair spray or perfume can damage anti-reflective coating.
- Don’t leave glasses in a hot car, especially avoid the top of the dashboard.
- Do clean lenses regularly with warm water and a drop of dish detergent, then dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth, like a handkerchief, or a microfiber cloth. Launder any cloth routinely according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Do use a hard-shell case that is the right size for your glasses.
- Do lay glasses down with their lenses facing upward.
- Do use both hands to put glasses on and take them off, and keep glasses on your nose, not on your head. Otherwise, frames can become misaligned. Even clean lenses are less than effective if they aren’t positioned properly in front of the eyes.
Follow these great tips, and we are sure your lenses would last longer and be as effective as when you first started using them.