Just like any other highly personalized product, eyewear comes in various shapes, sizes and materials.
Understanding your glasses and how to properly clean them is important for maintaining the lenses — ensuring they are effective, functional and hygienic. If glasses are not cleaned properly, it can lead to eye strain, blurry vision and even headaches.
Additionally, dirt and other debris can cause permanent damage to glasses that are not cleaned regularly or when they are not cleaned properly. No matter why you wear glasses, it is imperative to clean them properly in order to maintain the quality of the glasses and your vision while using them.
Here is the proper way to clean your glasses, based on the lens material:
- Polycarbonate and Trivex Glasses
Polycarbonate and trivex lenses are made to be durable and to withstand the wear and tear of athletes and blue collar workers. The safest way to clean these types of lenses is to use a microfiber cloth to wipe them down, this prevents scratching and smearing on glasses and gets debris off of the lenses effectively. For a deeper clean you can also use a cleaning solution designed specifically to be used with these surfaces, or you can use a lotion-free dish soap.
- High-Index Lenses
High-index lenses work as a thinner and more lightweight alternative to thick and bulky glasses for people with strong prescriptions. In order to clean these lenses you should first rinse them with warm water, and then simply use a microfiber wipe to clean the surface. Avoid cleaning products as these lenses are more fragile than other lenses and this may cause them permanent damage.
- Aspheric Lenses
Aspheric lenses are made to give glasses a thinner look as they have the same curve across their entire surface. Aspheric lenses should only be cleaned when there is visible debris on the surface rather than on a regular basis. The first and most recommended step for cleaning aspheric lenses is to purchase a compressed air gun that is used for glasses. This is a touch-free method of cleaning your glasses that prevents risk of causing damage to the surface of the lenses. Alternatively, you can use a solvent cleaner that is lint-free and made specifically for aspheric lenses. This will perform a more in depth cleaning of the surface and can be especially useful if there is a specific spot that needs cleaning.
- Photochromic Lenses
These glasses change sunlight from clear to tinted and can be used as a hybrid of normal glasses and sunglasses. Like most lenses these should be cleaned with a lens cleaner, a microfiber wipe, and mild soap. For these lenses as well as most other lenses window cleaners should be avoided because it contains chemicals that can break down the coating on your lenses.
- Polarized Lenses
These lenses reduce glare from the sun and water surfaces and are commonly used outdoors and for driving. These glasses should not be left in a hot car as it will cause damage to the glasses, and they should be cleaned immediately with warm water after coming in contact with salt water. In order to clean these lenses they should be rinsed with luke-warm water and wiped with a microfiber cloth. If there are any stubborn spots that a microfiber cloth cannot clean, a lens cleaner that does not contain alcohol and that has a pH balance between 5.5 and 5.8 is recommended to clean the spot.
For more information on how to properly clean your glasses from the experts at Fog Off, please contact us here or call us directly at 833.230.9837.