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EPEC Do's and Don'ts of Eye Wear Care

If you wear eyeglasses, chances are you’ve spent a significant amount of time and energy finding the right pair.

Also, chances are that you understand the unending struggle of keeping your glasses clean of streaks, spots, smudges, and scratches.

So how DO you keep your eyeglasses clean? It’s probably tempting to just reach for the hem of your shirt, but if you want those glasses to last as long as possible, it’s important to clean them the right way.

Here are some quick do’s and don’ts of caring for your eye wear.

Steps for Cleaning Your Glasses

Wearing your glasses all day means that the lenses are bound to pick up dust, fingerprints, and other types of grime that blur your vision. Properly cleaning your glasses when they become dirty will protect the lenses and help your glasses last longer.

Follow these easy steps to clean your eyeglass lenses and frames without causing any damage.

  • Wash Your Hands: This insures that your hands are free from dirt, lotion, or anything else that could be transferred to your lenses.

  • Rinse With Water: Gently rinsing your glasses with lukewarm water helps remove dust that can scratch your lenses during the cleaning process.

  • Dry Using a MicroFiber Cloth: Remove all traces of dirt and grime by rinsing carefully and thoroughly before drying the lenses and frame with a clean, lint-free microfiber towel. For  a quick touch-up, clean your glasses with spray glasses cleaner and microfiber cleaning cloth provided by your optometrist. What NOT to Do

It’s important to clean your eye wear correctly. With that in mind, here are a few things you should never do while cleaning your glasses.

  • Do not wipe your glasses with paper towels, tissues, or napkins. These paper products contain wood pulp and can scratch your lenses.

  • Never use your clothes to clean your glasses. Your clothes are covered with accumulated dirt, grime, and debris that can, again, cause scratches.

  • Don’t leave your glasses unprotected. This includes setting them down or taking them off at bedtime. Always store them in a protective case. It’s always tempting to grab whatever’s closest and start rubbing away. However, by steering clear of these damaging “quick fixes,” you’ll keep your glasses looking great for longer and prevent scratches. A Few More Cleaning Tips to Keep in Mind

Here are a few more tips to keeping your glasses clean and scratch free:

  1. On the road? Pack some individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes.

  2. People with anti-reflective lenses should check with their eye doctor to make sure their spray cleaner is approved for and will not damage the anti-reflective coating.

  3. Some lenses come with a durable scratch-resistant coating. Ask your optometrist if these lenses are right for you. ​

But remember, no matter how careful you are, no pair of glasses can last forever.

Still Have Concerns? Visit Eden Prairie Eye Care!

Whether it’s from the environment or just through daily use, all glasses will obtain some wear and tear. When that occurs, bring your glasses to Eden Prairie Eye Care. If your lenses and frame are broken or scratched, our friendly team will either help you fix them or fit you with the perfect new pair!

Schedule your appointment online or call Eden Prairie Eye Care directly at (952) 944-2792. We can’t wait to help you see better.


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