With new technology improving both spectacle frames and lenses it is important that you look after your glasses properly. This will ensure that they remain comfortable and your vision remains clear for a long time.
Glasses should be cleaned regularly. Every set of glasses you buy from us will come with a microfibre cleaning cloth, a case of your choice and a spray bottle filled with lens cleaner. Many other optometrists will charge you extra for these things, but we believe that looking after your glasses correctly is important, so we supply them free of charge.
The microfibre cloth is great for cleaning your glasses when you’re out and about. It may be a good idea to keep this in your glasses case, and if you get small marks like dirt or fingerprints on your glasses during the day this is perfect for polishing the lenses.
Periodically your glasses will also need a good clean. To wash your glasses, you should use a small amount of hand soap or gentle detergent to clean your lenses and frames with your fingertips. Once you have washed your glasses rinse them under luke-warm water. If your water for washing your dishes isn’t too hot, you can also wash your glasses in the dish water before you wash any dishes in it.
If the frames are clean, you can also use the spray cleaner to spray the lenses front and back, dry with a soft tissue and then polish with your microfiber cloth. NEVER clean your lenses with a tissue if the lenses are dry. This will put little scratches in the lens and will eventually destroy the lens. Likewise, cleaning your glasses on a t-shirt or paper towel isn’t a good idea as these methods of cleaning will also eventually destroy the lenses.
Nicky Carr is our full time optometrist and is also our practice owner.