Last Updated: May 7th 2020
This topic hit me when the news say the Corona virus can enter the body through the mouth, nose and ears. We handle our glasses on a daily basis and place them on surfaces all the time… and the one place they are designed for is our face.
We often wipe down the lenses, but how deep a clean does that do and what about the rest, such as the frame & nose pads?
There’s more to glasses than just the lenses!
The idea is not to try push sales through fear tactics, after all, our own hands are in far more contact of potentially contaminated areas and we touch our face instinctively all the time… let’s at least try and be realistic here.
All that’s being said is, it’s a thought that entered the mind when I came across cleaning machines for products that we put on our faces!
But to move away from the awful current pandemic (hopefully when you read this it’ll be over), let’s look at how you can manually clean your eyewear rather than using a product.
Keeping Your Glasses Clean – The Old Fashioned Way
Keeping your glasses clean is good for two reasons, to allow you to see more clearly through the lens while benefiting from the full power of your prescription and to prolong the life of the glasses.
Here’s how to clean your eyeglasses
1. Clean & Dry Your Tools
As we are talking about manually cleaning your eyeglasses, it is important to clean and dry your hands before the cleaning process starts. The last thing you want to do is transfer any dirty, grease or debris from your hands to the lens.
2. Lukewarm Water Rinse
The warmth and flow of water will wash off any dust and/or debris residing on your lenses. By removing these right off the bat you reduce the chances of potentially scratching the lens during the cleaning process.
3. Apply Dishwashing Liquid
Use dishwashing liquid that does not contain skin softeners as those leave unwanted residue and add 1-2 drops on each lens.
4. Rubbing Motion To Lather Up Soap
Use your fingers to rub the soap on both sides of the lenses, the nose pads and frame.
Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies and rid the nose pads and earpieces of any excess oil and debris.
5. Re-rinse Process
Throughly rinse your glasses again with warm water using your fingers and be mindful not leave soap residue behind as you do not want to leave unwanted smudges on your lenses.
6. Drying Process
Use a soft lint-free or microfibre cloth to dry off the water. Do not use paper towels because they contain wood fibres that can scratch.
* Warning: Using ultrasonic machines with eye glasses that have pre-existing scratches or cracks in the coating can further damage your glasses.
Importance Of Cleaning Your Eyewear
OK, we know prescription glasses are not cheap, and cleaning them will prolong the life expectance of the lenses and frames.
However, there are other negative consequences to having dirty eyewear and those are:
- Reduced visibility
- Eye strain
This may sound stupid, but you got your glasses to improve your eye sight, but yet, many go and throw all that away because lens smudge and debris blocks your vision.
The crazy thing is that often we do not notice the issue and continue going through the day with impaired vision and it is only after the lenses are clean do we really notice how restricted our vision was.
Reduced visibility can be a dangerous game, just imagine driving a car and not being able to see clearly through your glasses… this why you should get in the habit of cleaning your lenses regularly, be it manually or by machine!
Eye Strain Effects
Dirt, smudges and debris on your lenses interfere with your visibility which intern places strain on your eye. Any form of eye strain should be avoid as this can lead to headaches and blurry vision… not nice for your head and certainly not helping your eyesight any.
The Reasons Why An Eyeglass Cleaning Machine Should Be Used
The reasons for cleaning your glasses are the same, regardless if you do it manually or use an ultrasonic eyeglass cleaner… you do it to keep your visibility good, reduce eye strain and prolong the lifespan of your eyewear.
But are there any advantages of using eyeglass cleaning machines over doing it manually?
Let’s take a look!
Removes the brunt of the work. Simply place your eyeglasses into the machine and let it do its thing. When the cleaning process is complete, simply remove your glasses and wear them… no manual cleaning involved.
Depth Of Cleaning
Let’s be honest, as someone who wears glasses, we often do the bare minimum and that means a lame attempt to remove smudges on your lenses. At the most, we will get some spray and wipe them down using the correct lint-free cloth, but usual we just huff our breath on the lens and wipe with our shirt.
Using machines such as an ultrasonic glasses cleaner do not just clean the glasses but also disinfects and sterilizes them too. Furthermore, these machines can remove grime that gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of the frame (such as the hinges).
Things To Consider When Getting An Eyewear Cleaning Machine
It’s worth noting that having a machine that can do things for you automatically does not mean being free of running costs and responsibilities.
There are some disadvantages with having an eyeglass cleaning machine that is designed to do the work for you, but the pros should outweigh the cons!
Here are but some disadvantages that comes with having a cleaning machine for your reading glasses.
- The machines themselves need cleaning.
- Require special solution / liquid (running cost).
- Machines can be power hungry (30-50 watts)
- Usually requires distilled water (not regular water)
Further Care and Maintenance Instructions For Your Eyeglass Cleaning Machine
As mentioned, the cleaning machine needs cleaning too so that they work as efficiently as possible during the coming years.
For example after a thorough clean you should dump the used water and never reuse as you will simply transfer the dirt on your next wash.
Most cleaning machines will explicitly says on the manual to never use regular tap water as the impurities can discolour or tarnish the quality of your eyepiece… as a result it will request you use distilled or de-ionized water for optimum cleaning.
However, be sure to check the manual first as depending on your machine, some brands can handle tap water.