– Ed

So many spectacle wearers don’t know how to clean their glasses. It is common practice to see people use shirts, napkins or paper towels. The problem with these “cleaners” is that they carry dirt and fibres, that can scratch the lenses. So how should it be done? Easier than what you may think, just follow these easy steps:

  • Rinse your specs under the tap with warm water
  • Put a drop of dishwashing soap between your fingers and use them to clean all parts of the frame and the lenses.
  • Rinse glasses with warm water and dry with a clean cloth

The magic fibre cloth

Microfibre is synthetic fibre, finer than one denier or decitex/thread, having a diameter of less than ten micrometres. This is smaller than the diameter of a strand of silk (which is approximately one denier).

An ordinary cleaning cloth has fibres made of cotton or a synthetic material such as nylon. A microfibre cloth has far more fibres than pieces of cotton. These fibres are smaller and there are many more of them. If “many hands make light work”, so do many fingers, or many micro-fibres.

Glasses Don’t Last Forever

All eyeglass lenses will get a few scratches over time from normal use and exposure to the environment, as well as from occasionally getting dropped or misplaced. Spectacle lenses are scratch resistant, not scratch-proof.

When purchasing spectacles, ask your eye care provider about anti-scratch coatings for your lenses. This is especially important for children’s or if you wear your glasses in dusty conditions.

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