May 16, 2012
How To Clean Your Lenses
by Sam Winston
This is a question our opticians field multiple times per day. Many of our patients benefit from anti-reflective (anti-glare), scratch resistant, or even anti fog coatings on their lenses. Some cleaners can damage these coatings.
Never use ammonia based cleaners like Windex on your glasses.
Never use alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol on your glasses.
Please use a store bought solution that states on the bottle, "safe to use on anti-reflective lenses" (all of the cleaners we sell in our office are safe).
My personal recommendation for cleaning lenses:
Step 1: Run the lenses under a warm stream of tap water. This gets rid of any dirt or grime that could scratch the lenses during cleaning.
Step 2: Shake Dry (gently).
Step 3: Spray a safe cleaner directly on the front and back surface of each lens. If you don't have a safe cleaner handy use a mild dish detergent (Dawn, Joy, etc...) and then run under warm tap water.
Step 4: Use a Winston Eye and Vision Center lint-free cloth to wipe clean. Never use paper products, such as paper towels or Kleenex, to dry your glasses, it causes scratches. Be careful not to use too much pressure, just enough to dry the lens!
Thanks for Reading! And I hope this is helpful!