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How to Clean

Many people wear glasses and most of them are guilty of the biggest crime in lens care: Exhaling onto their lenses, then wiping the fog off with their shirt sleeves. But does this really clean your lenses? Teri Geist, an optometrist in Omaha, Neb., and chairwoman for the American Optometric Association, weighs in.

Simple Solution

Though there are countless products on the market claiming to wipe streaks away, the AOA recommends the most basic of options: kitchen-sink soap. The best way to clean your glasses, says Dr. Geist, is to run them under warm water and put a tiny drop of dishwashing detergent on the tip of your fingers to create a lather on the lens. Then rinse with warm water, and dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth.

‘Everyone uses their shirt cloth─worst thing!’ she says. ‘Your shirttail almost certainly carries dust, and that has the potential of scratching your lens.’

Reflecting on the Problem 

Lenses typically have some form of protective coating and should never come into contact with ammonia, bleach, vinegar or window cleaner. ‘Those chemicals can break down the coating or just strip them,’ says Dr. Geist. ‘You know those bubbles you sometimes see on your lens? Those are caused by ‘cleansing’ solutions.’ Avoid the problem by requesting anti-glare and UV coatings that are embedded within the lens.


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