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London, SE3 7BT

Taking care of your glasses

Lens Care

Your eyeglasses are a valuable investment, and it is important to take good care of them. Many people do not realize that improper eyeglasses care can quickly cause their glasses to be scratched and hazy or that certain things can cause the lenses to begin peeling. Not only are these results unattractive, they can also cause you to strain your eyes and can impair your vision.

The first step to taking proper care of your eyeglasses is keeping them clean; it is important to clean your eyeglasses on a regular basis. Not only can dirty or smudged glasses impair your vision, but dirt and grime that is not removed can scratch your lenses over time. Many people let out a slow and steady breath onto the lens of their glasses and then rub them clean with a dry cloth, and this is an effective method if your glasses are not too dirty. However, make sure that you use a piece of high-quality linen or a nice cotton cloth for best results.

There are better ways to clean your glasses, however. The best way to clean your glasses is with a special microfiber cloth and a cleaning solution that is designed for cleaning eyeglasses. Using these products to clean your glasses will be more effective when they are dirty, and they will not damage your lenses.

If your glasses are very dirty, you might be tempted to wash them in the sink. However, using hot water and anti-bacterial soap or dishwashing liquid is never a good idea. Instead, clean your glasses with a special cleaning solution that is designed for this purpose to avoid damaging your frame and your lenses. You should receive a special cleaning cloth and cleaning solution when you purchase your glasses, so make sure to use these products in order to keep your glasses clean and protected.

There are a few other tips that you can follow to keep your glasses clean without damaging them. First of all, avoid cleaning them with tissue paper or paper towels; the tiny fibers could get stuck on your glasses, which could lead to scratches. When using a dry cloth, always wipe your glasses gently to avoid damaging them, and avoid using cleaning solutions with ammonia or alcohol in them. When cleaning your glasses with your soft, non-fibrous cloth, make sure to wipe your glasses in a gentle, circular motion for best results.

Along with keeping your eyeglasses clean, it is also important not to touch your lenses with your fingers. Make sure to check the screws in your glasses before cleaning them, and tighten the screws when necessary; you can do this with a tiny screwdriver that is designed for repairing eyeglasses. Also, make sure to always take your eyeglasses off before you go to sleep at night. Sleeping in your glasses can cause you to accidentally bend or otherwise damage your frame. Following these tips will keep your glasses in good condition for far longer, so take the time to take proper care of them for best results..

We also provide a free same day 6 monthly Ultrasonic cleaning service for patients who have bought glasses from us. This service normally costs £5 per frame.

Why shouldn’t I use these products to clean my glasses?

Clothing

Clothing may have fine particles of dirt caught in it and leave fine scratches on a lens. Research shows that 52% of people use “clothing” as their most frequent cleaning method for their glasses and the majority of lens damage comes from this.

Dish Soap

While a few mild dish soaps don’t harm lenses the “extra strength” dish soaps are powerful enough to slowly disintegrate lens coatings. Anything designed to “remove grime” will remove a lens coating over time.

Glass Cleaners

Glass cleaners are highly corrosive and can damage your lens coatings quickly. They are not designed for plastic lens materials that are used in spectacles.

Tissue Paper

Dry paper products can grind dust and dirt into a lens, leaving scratches. If used with water it will not be able to remove oils, hair products or fingerprints.

Alcohol

Alcohol is often used to remove ink marks needed for cutting your lenses, However, the long term use of pure alcohol can damage lens coatings. There are some brands of alcoholic lens cleaner, such as Solution 30, that are very effective lens cleaners. Always seek advice if unsure to prevent damaging your glasses.

     

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