Rows of colorful glasses on display at the optometrist.

According to The Vision Council, an advocacy group that champions better vision for everyone, approximately 3 in 4 Americans wear glasses or contact lenses. Even people who wear contacts all day often own a pair of glasses as well to use after removing their contacts at the end of the day (or in an emergency, such as when a contact lens tears and the new order of lenses has not come in yet). With so many eyeglasses in use, it’s important to know how to clean them properly to avoid damaging them.

As a Colorado Springs eye doctor clinic serving Monument, Gleneagle, and other nearby communities, Spectrum Eye Care wants to make sure you’re taking good care of your glasses so they serve you well for a long time. Here are the do’s and don’ts regarding the proper way to clean your eyeglasses.

Always Listen To Your Optometrist

Whether here in the greater Colorado Springs region (including Monument) or anywhere else in the nation, it’s important that you listen carefully to the instructions your optometrist provides.

Eye doctors are in the business of clear sight and good vision; once they give you a prescription, they want you to get glasses that will enable you to see clearly, and they urge you to take good care of your glasses so they’ll last until the next time you need a new eyeglass prescription. Listen to your optometrist; they have the education and experience to back up their recommendations! That’s the first “do” in our list. These are the rest (along with the don’ts).

Do Keep Them Clean

We want you to feel comfortable handling your glasses! They are delicate, but they are sturdy and will hold up well when handled correctly.

Some people avoid cleaning their glasses because they’re afraid of ruining them. While we understand the need to keep eyeglasses in good condition, it’s important that you do clean them frequently. Dirt and grime unavoidably adhere to your lenses, and to see clearly for your safety and the well-being of your eyes, you will need to clean them. Rather than avoid touching your glasses, make sure you learn how to clean and maintain them properly.

Don’t Use Any Old Rag

Rags are not suitable for glasses. They are abrasive and can scratch the lenses. They can also scratch the frames, wearing down your new pair of glasses far too quickly. Avoid using rags.

Do Wash Your Hands Thoroughly

Clean your hands thoroughly before you proceed to clean your glasses. If you don’t, then the dirt and oils on your skin will inadvertently end up on your glasses.

Don’t Use Your Shirt Or Other Article Of Clothing

Just like rags, shirts and other articles of clothing can be abrasive. The fibers in clothes can scratch your lenses, something you want to avoid at all costs.

Do Use A Microfiber Cloth

Instead of using a rag or a T-shirt, use a soft microfiber cloth that’s specially designed for your glasses’ lenses. Rub gently but firmly to remove dirt and grease and get your glasses crystal-clean!

Don’t Use Paper Towels Or Even Facial Tissues

Paper towels are way too abrasive for your glasses. So are facial tissues, even though they may seem soft. Don’t use them.

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Do Use Rubbing Alcohol Or Dishwashing Liquid

As far as cleaners go, both rubbing alcohol and gentle dishwashing liquids will clean your glasses without hurting them. Alternately, use the special lens cleaner that your optometrist provides or recommends.

Don’t Use Harsh Cleaners

However, you’ll need to avoid harsh cleaners. Don’t use cleaning agents like bleach or ammonia on your glasses. Cleaners made for windows, counters, and bathrooms are way too harsh for your eyeglasses.

Do Use Lukewarm Water

While hot water can hurt your glasses, and cold water may not clean them sufficiently, lukewarm water is fine. You don’t need to be afraid of running your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm water before drying them with your microfiber cloth.

Don’t Try To Buff Out Scratches

If you find a scratch, don’t try to buff it out. This will only make things worse! You’ll end up with more scratches as well as a cloudy lens. If your glasses get scratched, bring them in to your optometrist here in Monument for professional help.

Do Store Your Glasses Safely When Not In Use

When you’re not using your glasses, protect them! At the end of the day, clean them gently and store them in a sturdy case provided by your eye doctor.

Ready For New Glasses?

If you find that your current glasses are no longer serving you well, it may be time to get new ones. Whether they’re scratched beyond repair, or it’s simply time for a new vision prescription, Spectrum Eye Care can help. Give us a call to schedule your eye exam appointment today!