Best Eyeglass Cleaning Machine In 2021

Last Updated: Aug 25th 2021

One and a half years on, and the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as this is likely something that will pass just like the flu pandemic in the early 1900s (fingers crossed).

The idea of this topic hit me when thinking about how the Corona virus can enter the body (such as through the mouth & nose)

We handle our glasses on a daily basis and place them on all kinds of surfaces, only to put them on our face!

We instinctively wipe down the lenses for clearer vision, but how often do we deep clean the rest (such as the frame, nose pads & hinges)?

Eyeglass Cleaning Machine

Keeping your glasses clean is good for two reasons:

  • Allow you to see more clearly through the lens and benefiting from the full power of your prescription.
  • Prolongs the life span of the glasses (which are costly)

So, let’s learn more on how to achieve this!

Home Ultrasonic Eyeglass Cleaner

What exactly is an ultrasonic eyeglass cleaner?

This is an automatic self cleaning glasses machine that you can get for your home. Typically containing between a 0.5l and 0.8l tank capacity that holds water (cleaning solution).

The machine will typically have an on/off switch with a timer display to set how long you want the cleaning process to be.

Once on, the cleaner will generate high frequency vibrations typically above 30KHz (out of human hearing range). This in turn, heats the water up to 100°F which also aids with the cleaning process.

Pro tip: Adding dish soap such as Dawn helps aid the ultrasonic cleaning process.

Do Ultrasonic Eyeglass Cleaners Really Clean?

The answer is a resounding yes!

High frequency vibrations shake off dirt residues into the water, even in those impossible tiny recesses or holes. This method can, in a few seconds, clean more of your glasses than any manual cleaning can ever achieve.

Check out this satisfying video and watch the grime dance away from your glasses.

It works well!

Are Ultrasonic Eyeglass Cleaners Safe For Anti-Reflective Lenses?

There are counter opinions about this argument, however, I am under the impression that anti-reflective lenses may get damaged while using ultrasonic cleaners.

This isn’t so much because of the vibrations stripping off the reflective coating, but rather the reflective coats aren’t usually dense. As a result water can be absorbed within the film if the lens is left long enough in the solution.

This absorbed water can cause many problems to the lens including color shifts in the film and adhesive failure… so we’d say, better safe than sorry!

Magnasonic Professional Eyeglass Cleaner

best ultrasonic cleaner for eye glasses

* Warning: Using ultrasonic machines with glasses that have pre-existing scratches or cracks in the coating can further damage your glasses.

Smartclean Ultrasonic Cleaner Vision.5

professional ultrasonic cleaners for glasses.

* Warning: Using ultrasonic machines with 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 as already mentioned, 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

Consequences of Reduced Visibility

This may sound stupid, but you got your glasses to improve your eye sight. Yet, many go by their day with smudge lenses which blocks your vision.

The crazy thing is that often we do not notice the issue and continue going through the day with impaired vision. It’s only after the lenses are clean do we really notice how restricted our vision was.

Reduced visibility can be dangerous. Imagine driving a car and not being able to see clearly through your glasses. This is why you should get into the habit of cleaning your lenses regularly (be it manually or by machine)!

Effects of Eye Strain

Dirt, smudges and debris on your lenses interfere with your visibility, which intern places strain on your eyes. Any form of eye strain should be avoided as this can lead to headaches and blurry vision.

Reasons Why Automatic Eyeglass Cleaners Should Be Used

The reasons for cleaning your glasses are the same regardless if done manually or using an ultrasonic eyeglass cleaner. You do it to keep your visibility clear, 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!

Workload & Cleaning Time

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. At most, we will get some spray and wipe them down using the correct lint-free cloth, but usually, 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.
  • May require special solution / liquid (running cost).
  • Machines can be power hungry (30-50 watts)
  • Usually requires distilled water (not regular water)

Further Care & Maintenance Instructions For An Ultrasonic Cleaner

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 say 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 some brands can handle tap water for the cleaning process.

Final Thoughts

These machines are brilliant at cleaning your eyewear, but better yet, you can add other items for cleaning, such as jewellery too!

They litterally shake the grime, debris and oils off your glasses. However, like anything, there is a caveat. For example, pre-existing scratches or cracks in the coating can help further worsen the existing damage.

Furthermore, any appliance that is used for cleaning, must also be cleaned itself. So they aren’t self sufficient and require some maintence, but in my opinion still well worth the investment.