How to Clean Your Glasses

When you purchase glasses, they usually come with a microfiber cloth or two for cleaning the lenses. While excellent in a pinch, those little cloths just don’t always cut it. We wear our glasses a lot, and they can get pretty dirty. Lotion and oils cause smears and fingerprints, and dust can build up. Even lens cleaner can leave streaks. If you’re tired of the mess and want to give your glasses a deep clean but don’t know how, look no further.

The first step to cleaning your glasses is to clean your hands. If your fingers are dirty or oily, you’ll just make your glasses worse in the process of trying to clean them! Wash your hands with lukewarm water and a gentle soap that does not contain lotion or moisturizers (think Dawn dish soap). Once your hands are clean, carefully rinse your glasses in lukewarm water. This should wash any debris off the lenses that might cause scratches when you clean them. It’s important to not rub any dirt into the lenses, because there might be sharp bits that can scratch the glass surface.

Next, take a tiny drop of Dawn (or another oil and moisturizer free soap) onto your fingertip and gently rub the surface of the glass with it on both sides of the lenses, cleaning away any smudges. Rinse the glasses thoroughly, as any soap residue remaining will cause smearing when you dry the lenses off. Once you are sure that the soap is completely gone, take a gentle cloth (ideally microfiber, similar to something you would use to dry off fine glassware) and carefully dry the lenses, taking care to avoid smearing and fingerprints. Enjoy your now squeaky-clean glasses!

Sometimes, though, you won’t have time to do a detailed cleaning as the one outlined above. In cases like these, you can use glasses cleaner sprays. Just make sure that the spray works with the type of lenses you have, as some have protective coatings that certain sprays can damage. Use a generous amount of the spray to flush away any debris before you rub at the lenses. Avoid cleaning your glasses with your shirt or other clothing items, as these fabrics can scratch at the glass and leave fibers stuck to the lenses, causing more damage than help in the long run.

Eyecare Advances

Children’s Sports Eye Injury Month

Do your kids play a high contact sport!? Do they have the right protection when it comes to their eye safety?

In a variety of high contact-sports, such as soccer, kids wear shin pads to protect themselves from possible injuries. In football they wear helmets, arm pads, and much more. But do they have the correct protection for their eyes? “In the United States, every 13 minutes an emergency room treats a sports-related eye injury, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.” Children aged between 11 and 14 make a large percentage of all sports eye injury , roughly forty percent. All of these injuries are very preventable, but more serious injuries can lead to vision loss. Some injuries include fracture of the eye socket, swollen retinas, and scratched corneas. Prescription glasses or sunglasses do not provide adequate protection during high-contact sports. Protective sports eyewear is a must when it comes to your child’s eye safety.

Good Looks Eyewear provides the best eye safety for your children! Stop by one of our stores, located in Cranberry and Fox Chapel, to browse our selection of safety glasses. These glasses will keep your kids eyes’ protected and prevent any possible injuries.

Cranberry Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry
Cranberry Shoppes
20215 U.S. 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 772-9090

Fox Chapel Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Fox Chapel
Fox Chapel Plaza
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 782-1919