Don't Do These Things When You Clean Your Glasses

For the most part, people wear eyeglasses to improve their vision. They go through the whole “which is better, A or B?” routine with their optometrist to find the right prescription, pick out frames, end up being talked into multiple special coatings…….and then clean their smudged lenses with the bottom of their shirt. Don’t do that. When you notice something on your lenses, you want to get rid of it as soon as possible, so it makes sense that you would grab the first thing you see to wipe them. Most of the time, that’s not a good idea. When it comes to your glasses, you should avoid using clothing, paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper, because these materials can scratch your lenses, leave them full of lint, and even make them dirtier. Using the wrong lens cleaner is just as bad. Never, ever use nail polish remover with acetone. This powerful chemical can damage your lenses. Also, don’t spit on your glasses to clean them. Not only is it unhygienic, it can leave smudges on your lenses that are even worse. Finally, don’t use household glass or surface cleaners. These products have ingredients that can damage lenses and their expensive coatings. Instead, use a dedicated lens-cleaning spray or non-lotion dish soap and then rinse it off thoroughly.