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how to clean your glasses

With the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus, we have to be extra cautious with our hygiene. While there is still much we do not know about how coronavirus is transmitted, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends you avoid touching your face to reduce the risk of the virus entering your system through your eyes, nose, or mouth. While new things are being discovered everyday to address the question, “can coronavirus live on surfaces?”, it is more important than ever for eyeglass wearers to be especially careful about making sure their glasses stay clean.


Cleaning your eyeglasses

Many people don't realize that "cleaning" their lenses can actually be harmful! If you use everyday materials that are not safe for your glasses' lenses, it may be scratching or ruining the surface. Here are some of our top tips to clean your glasses to avoid the spread of bacteria:

1) Wash your hands

You should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before you touch your glasses. In an effort to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, WHO recommends using alcohol-based formulations to wash your hands when they are not visibly dirty. 

There are many questions about coronavirus vs. flu and which is more harmful. Washing your hands can kill parasites such as coronavirus, influenza, metapneumonia, and many others. 

2) Clean your lenses

To clean your lenses, start by rinsing them with lukewarm running water. Add a few drops of alcohol-free lens cleaner onto the lenses and gently rub. It’s best to use a clean microfiber or lint-free cloth to wipe away any smudges.

If you're wondering where you can get these items, you're in luck, because SmartBuyGlasses includes a free lenscleaning kit with every eyewear purchase. 

Keep reading for more information about what materials and solutions to avoid when cleaning your glasses

3) Disinfect your frames

You can use lotion-free soap and apply it to your frames with your finger tips. Rinse the frames under warm water. To disinfect your frames, use a moist alcohol based cleansing towelette to wipe down the nose pads and ear pieces. Avoid contact with lenses as alcohol can be harmful to lens materials and coatings.

Cleaning and disinfecting your glasses and other surfaces in your home can help wash away and break down bacterias and viruses such as the coronavirus.


Defog your lenses

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many people that are taking care of sick or elderly patients are required to wear masks for a long period of time. This can increase the condensation that rises from your breath to your glasses. 

With SmartBuyGlasses you can get an anti-fog coating for your lenses. This type of lens coating can be applied to plastic, polycarbonate and high-index lenses. If you don’t have this coating, you can defog your glasses by wiping them down with a microfiber cloth. 


Things to avoid when cleaning your lenses

1) Stay away from tissue paper and clothing

Though these common items might seem harmless, they are actually made up of small materials and have uneven surfaces that may scratch your lenses. These scratches will distort the way light passes through your glasses and lead to vision issues or eye irritation in the future. 

If you need to wash your lens cloth, it is advised to stay away from adding fabric softener as it can make your glasses streaky

2) Stay away from window cleaning fluid or saliva

Your glasses are an investment- and if they get stained, it might seem intuitive to use saliva to wipe it off. However, saliva is unhygienic and may actually spread more dirt and particles around. Spreading saliva to other surfaces could put others at risk of contracting Coronavirus or other harmful viruses and bacterias. 

Your next instinct might be to use a cleaning solution on your glasses. Beware: chemicals found in many cleaning solutions are quite dangerous to have so close to your eyes, and may be corrosive and ruin your lenses.


Storing your eyeglasses 

Once your glasses are all clean, the next important step is to store them properly! The best glasses case is a hard, protective one to ensure that your glasses will not be squished or misshapen. 

For more information on this topic, check out our video guide below, or contact an optician with any more questions!


Now that you know how to clean your glasses, learn how to adjust glasses by clicking here

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