Wearing dusty, scratched and spectacles with smudges cause blurred vision which causes headaches. Hence keep them always clear and clean.
- Never take them off with one hand as it stretches them out and makes them loose. Use both hands to keep temples straight and aligned
- If you are uncomfortable with the temples or nose pad or lenses, meet your optician unless wearing them
- Don’t put your glasses on the top of head or forehead.This may distort the shape and have higher chances of getting damaged
- Don’t touch your lenses with fingers, It forms smudges
- For school children use straps to the spectacles to reduce the incidence of breakage
- Don’t put unprotected glasses in a bag, pocket or wallet
- Try not to push them up on your nose by sticking your finger on the nosepiece (right between your eyes).It bends the nose pieces. Hold the temples and raise them
- When you take off your glasses, put them in the case to avoid scratches. If not, at least make sure the lenses are up, away from the surface.
- Clean your glasses regularly once in a day to maintain clear vision.
- Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly before cleaning your eyeglasses. Use lotion-free soap and a clean lint-free towel to clean your hands
- Make sure your hands are free from dirt or soap that could be transferred to your lenses.
- Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of tap water. This avoids scratches on your lenses when you are cleaning them. Avoid hot water, which can damage some lens coatings.
- Use chemicals or sprays which are meant to clean lenses. Don’t use liquids containing ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or window cleaner, which can harm lenses and their coatings. You can use dish wash soap which does not contain any of these products.
- Do not use saliva to wet lens surface before cleaning
- Do not use lemon juice to clean the lenses
- Gently rinse both sides of the lenses. Clean every part including nose pads, temples and edges of the temples. Initially clean the lenses then clean the nose pads and temples.
- Clean them thoroughly with a microfiber cloth otherwise the remnants of the soap or chemical may cause smudges over the lenses. This microfiber cloth is very effective in trapping the dust. Thus clean the cloth once in a week with lotion-free soap and allow it to air dry to remove dust from it.
- If you don’t have time or patience to do this whole procedure, you can use pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes
- You can also use an optical ultrasonic cleaner which uses ultrasonic waves to clean the glasses. This is available in some optical stores. You can get it cleaned at least once in a year.
- Anti-scratch coating and smudge-resistant coatings are available which doesn’t mean that they are completely smudged proof or scratch proof.
How to get rid of scratches?
You can’t truly get rid of them but you can cover them to some extent. If your spectacles are made of glass and do not have any coatings you can use this method. First clean the glasses with tap water keep some metal polish over the lens and rub it circularly with a microfiber cloth for 5 minutes and take a small amount of alcohol with an earbud and spread it over the lens on both the sides. Rub it for 5 more minutes.
For a plastic lens without any coating baking soda can be used to cover the scratches. Add water to the baking soda and make it as a paste. Rub the paste over the lenses with a microfiber cloth and then clean the lenses with tap water.