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How to Clean Your Glasses

Cleaning your glasses may seem like a straightforward task, but improper cleaning techniques can cause damage to your lenses. We will review the best ways to clean and maintain your glasses.

An easy step-by-step guide to clean your glasses:

  1. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse your lenses under cool or lukewarm water – this will help remove larger debris. Be sure not to use hot water as it can damage your lenses!
  3. Apply a small drop of dishwashing soap (without lotion) to each lens and rub the lenses and entire frame with gentle pressure.
  4. Rinse the lenses under cool or lukewarm water, then dry gently with a lint-free towel.
  5. If you still notice any streaks or smudges, you can polish your lenses with a microfiber cloth.

Just to remove small smudges or streaks, you can also use:

  • Moist wipes made for lens cleaning
  • A microfiber cloth
  • Lens cleaning solution with a lint-free cloth
  • Peeps lens cleaners

Anti-reflective coatings: These coatings offer the clearest optics and reduction in glare, but you may find that your lenses need to be cleaned more often as smudges and fingerprints are more readily seen with these coatings. Properly cleaning your lenses will help optimize the benefits of these coatings.

What should you not use to clean your glasses?The coatings on glasses lenses can be damaged by heat and chemicals, so avoid:

  • Hot water – using heat on your lenses can damage the coatings
  • Glass or surface cleaner (eg Windex) – these can damage your lens coatings
  • Paper products (eg tissue, paper towel, toilet paper, etc) – these can create scratches on your lens
  • Your shirt or other clothing – these may contain abrasive fibres that can scratch your lenses

It’s recommended that you clean your glasses thoroughly once a day, or as needed throughout the day. Your frames may need regular maintenance as well – you can bring them to your optician to have screws tightened and adjustments made. Do not use super glue to repair your glasses, as this can damage both the frame and lenses!

And if you find your new face mask is fogging up your glasses, start by checking the fit of your mask. A properly-fitted mask, especially around the nose, will help prevent fogging. There are also several anti-fog products you can use, such as FogBlocker and ZEISS AntiFOG, available at your optometry clinic.

Lauren York, Dispensing Optician

Is it safe to wear my contact lenses during the COVID-19 outbreak??

Three of the world’s most published researchers in eye health have published their consensus, and the verdict is YES! Contact lens wear is safe. Despite some myths and misinformation currently circulating, these researchers have concluded that contact lens wear remains a safe and highly effective form of vision correction for millions of people worldwide.

Proper handwashing is essential! Thorough handwashing with soap and water followed by hand drying with an unused paper towel should occur before each insertion and removal of the contact lenses.

Proper contact lens disinfection protocol is essential. Contact lens wearers should either dispose of their daily disposable lenses each evening or regularly disinfect their monthly and two-week lenses according to the manufacturer and eye care professional instructions.

Discontinue contact lens wear only if you are sick. This advice is always in place, but especially true during this outbreak COVID-19 illnesses. Testing has been performed to check for the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the tears of those with confirmed COVID infections, and there is to date no evidence of the virus in the tears.

Optometry clinics in British Columbia have been deemed an essential service during the COVID crisis, but our college and association have strongly recommended that we limit our patient encounters to urgent and emergency eye care only. If you need to order more contact lenses, please contact us via phone or email and we will be happy to help you with your order. We are offering safe, socially-distanced payment and pick-up options, as well as FREE direct shipping to your home.

We are also in the process of launching an e-commerce site for fast and convenient purchasing of the contact lenses, eye drops, and vitamins that have been prescribed by your optometrist. Stay tuned!!

Dr. Lisa Scharf

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