Getting the Most From Your Eyewear: How to Clean and Maintain Your Glasses

Glasses for vision correction are more than just fashion accessories – they’re medical devices that have to be stored and cleaned properly to ensure optimal functionality. The following article discusses how you should care for your eyewear to keep them in pristine condition. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

We live in a world where most of the items we use on a daily basis are either disposable or recyclable. The consumer-driven market for inexpensive goods – many of which have obsolescence built right in – has, in a sense, caused consumers to deprioritize taking care of their possessions. Why should we? We can just toss them out and buy a newer, cheaper version!

However, for most of us, prescription lenses aren’t exactly cheap. Storing them in pockets, rubbing the lenses with Kleenex, or keeping them uncovered outdoors or on counters can damage them significantly. In order to keep your prescription eyewear in excellent shape for the length of your prescription, follow these tips for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your glasses. (BTW – these are also great tips for maintaining non-prescription sunglasses!)

Cleaning and Disinfecting Glasses

Eyewear cleaning wipes are handy for keeping your glasses clean and sterile when you’re not at home, but they’re not ideal from an environmental perspective (they can generate a lot of waste). If you want to clean your glasses with products you have at home, here’s how.

  • Make a solution of water, rubbing alcohol and dish soap that is free of citric acid or moisturizers, which can damage lenses. Fill a spray container three-quarters full with rubbing alcohol, add two squirts of dish soap, and fill the bottle to the top with water.
  • Spray the solution on your glasses, and carefully wipe them dry with a microfiber cleaning cloth.

You can also wash your glasses in a sink with warm water and dish soap, but be sure to dry them very carefully, as this method allows water to get into the crevices and inside the frame.

The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Cleaning Glasses

  • Using clothing, paper towels, or facial tissue to clean the lenses.
  • Using window cleaner to clean lenses. Window cleaners contain ammonia and other harsh solutions that can degrade the finish.
  • Leaving glasses on the bathroom counter after they’ve been cleaned; hair spray and spray deodorants can get on the lenses and damage the coating.

Tips for Storing Eyewear

Keep your glasses protected from household dust and other particulate matter by keeping them in a case. The case also protects the lenses from being scratched and the frames from being bent. A hard case offers the most protection, but storing them in a microfiber pouch will nonetheless protect them from scratches. Never set your glasses lenses-side down.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.