Any eyeglass wearer knows how vital their eyewear is to be able to see clearly. But if you don’t know how to clean your glasses properly, the benefit that your eyewear provides can be diminished.

Over time, it is inevitable that smudges, dirt or dust will accumulate on your lenses and make it more difficult to see clearly. This reduction in visibility can lead to eyestrain. Bacteria may also accumulate over time, representing a potential risk to your eye health.

How to Clean Your Lenses

There are many wrong ways to clean your glasses, and some of them can even damage your eyewear. Using basic dish soap and water is one effective way for how to clean your glasses. You can lather both your glasses lenses and nose pads with lotion-free dishwashing detergent. You may rinse your glasses under warm water, making sure to all soap is washed off. Repeat the rinsing process as needed to remove visible film or persistent dirt. Air drying is preferred and you may pat-dry them with a lens-safe microfiber cloth.

How to Clean Your Frames

Cleaning your frames can be done at the same time you wash your lenses. Using lotion-free dish soap, you can hand-lather your frames. Make sure you wipe down the frames and clean along the frames where they meet the lenses. You can dry with a 100% cotton towel. Afterward, if dirt build-up remains an issue, you can apply cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to further clean the plastic frames.

How to Clean Your Nose Pads

Many eyeglasses have plastic nose pads that rest on the bridge of your nose. For a light cleaning, you may dust the nose pads using a soft cloth. Occasionally, you may also apply a cotton swab dipped rubbing alcohol to the nose pads to disinfect them. For deeper cleaning, you may apply mild soap onto a wet, clean, soft-bristled toothbrush and scrub the nose pads. You can use lukewarm water to rinse as needed.

For more tips on how to clean your glasses, or to schedule an eye exam to get fitted for a fresh pair of glasses, contact us today!