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Tips For Eyeglass Wearers

I have worked as an optician for many years. I am asked daily about the best way to clean glasses.

I am most concerned about keeping the lenses scratch free, so I suggest all lenses are to be first rinsed with water, then wiped with a soft cloth. At my workplace, we use a soft liquid soap (anything mild) over the lenses, frame AND nosepads, then we spray with a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 alcohol. We use old cloth diapers for wiping.


You can make your own spray at a fraction of the cost of the prefilled type. Those lens "papers" are a bane to plastic lenses and will just grind the dust into the lens, creating scratches.

Silicone nosepads are very popular today. They work well ONLY if they are kept clean. Over time the pads will develop a green residue, this is not your fault, this is just the combo of chemicals and metal. Have your nosepads changed regularly. My office does this free of charge for anyone.

Take advantage of the free service an optician offers, such as

  • free inspection of glasses
  • free adjustments
  • free repairs and replacements of nosepads (or for a minimal fee)
  • free cleaning of eyeglasses (some of us have ultrasonic cleaners which remove the deep grime in the eyewire rim)

Lose a screw in the temple? Quick fix? Tiny gold safety pin, or "sew" the two pieces together at the matching holes. Even a wire twisty tie is a good quick fix.

I have more tricks and ideas. If you have a question, post feedback.

(below 0 today in Alaska)

By Kelly Ross from Anchorage, AK

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November 20, 20060 found this helpful

I really enjoyed your very interesting tips. Please do more.

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November 20, 20060 found this helpful

Have a question for you Kelly. If your plastic lens already have scratches on them, is there anything you can do to reverse this, without having to purchase new lens? They're not even a year old yet. We took them in to the eye care place and the lady told my husband...too bad, you scratched them, now buy a new pair! Lotta help that was!

Thanks for any can email me directly at..

ucmelaffn @ aol DOT com

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

To dry my glasses I use a Dust Remover aerosol can that is just air in a can under pressure to dry the glasses instead of using a cloth.The product is available from Wal Mart and Staples by 3M and Clean Safe.

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you for the GREAT tips. My question is the same as Michele's. Does mayo work? I have heard of using that for scratches. Thank you in advance.

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

Great suggestions! Thanks for posting them to the list.

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks Kelly for all the helpful advice. I myself clean my glasses with individually packaged lens cloths by Zeiss. I get them at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club. I used to use pieces of torn up undershirts (my husband's old worn out ones) but I find these pre-moistened cloths to be the ultimate in convenience. I clean both my glasses and my son's with one cloth.

They are very handy in my purse or toiletry bag when traveling. I even keep some in the mini-van!

They are non-abrasive and especially good on the anti-reflective coating. They don't leave any streaks or residue.

Also, they can be used on binoculars and scopes, camera lenses, etc.

I suppose they are not frugal but they are worth it to me.

Oh and by the way, I was told by an optician not to use a cloth that was washed or dried with fabric softener. I think it will scratch.

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

I have the same question, can the scratches be taken out of lens once you have them on there?

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November 21, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you for the tips especially the formula for cleaning. I also am interested in scratches.

ahillman AT

Thank you

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November 22, 20060 found this helpful

To all regarding scratches:

Unfortunately, there is nothing to remove scratches from eyeglass lenses. There are some products on the market that fill in scratches ( similar to the mayo trick and similar to furniture polish) The results are poor.

The best advice I have to offer is this.. next time you get glasses ask about the warranty on the scratch coating. Most scratch coatings are good for one year. If your lenses scratch within the year period, they are replaced. Not every place will warranty your scratches, inquire and then make sure you actually bring your glasses back to have new lenses made within the warranty period. Some places can cut lenses without your frame, some can do it in about an hour and some have to send your frame out! Find out in advance how this will work, so you will not be without your glasses. If you don't like the answers you are getting, try somewhere else.

Additionally, there are some 3rd party vision plans that warranty scratches within one year, even if you do not purchase a scratch coat. The one we see alot is called Vision Service Plan. Check your policy and read the fine print. Good luck to all

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October 21, 20070 found this helpful


If you have scratched lenses, first of all, before doing anything, go to your optician where you bought your glasses and see if there is WARRANTY on it. Any polycarbonate lenses have 1 year standard warranty on scratches or defects.

If you have an a/r coating and it is peeling off, its most likely an older type of a/r coating, often sold by 'discount' optical stores. Never the less, the older anti glare coatings normally have one year warranty on scratches or defects, premium a/r have two year warrany on it, Crizal Alize or Clearguard even have lifetime warranty on the coating, limited for as long as you use the same prescription in the same frame.

Plastic lenses without a/r coat for just distance, reading or line bifocal don't have any warranty. Plastic scratches pretty easy. Polycarbonate is a harder material and comes standard with a scratchproof coating and one year warranty.

If you have photogray lenses from plastic, they do include a scratch resistant coating and one year warranty.

If you are out of warranty bring the glasses back to your optician anways, they can remove the a/r coating for you if you like, usually at no charge.

Scratches usually get on your lenses if you clean them in the wrong way. Especially if you live in a place where there is alot of sand and dust in the air. The sand and dust sits on your lenses. If you clean your lenses just with a dry cloth or so, you will create scratches in one of the many coatings lenses have (even if you don't have an a/r coating, your lenses normally have at least 4/5 different layers of coatings).

Clean your glasses with water and soap in the morning. Use dishsoap, the cheapest kind, not anti bacterial or with moisturizers or so. The water will rins off the dust and sand of your lenses, also your frame will stay in a better condition this way, because all of your scin acids/salt get rinsed off.

And last, do not use a paper towell, paper contains wood fibers, they can scratch up your lenses eventually.



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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

I have a pair of polarized sunglasses that were accidentally sprayed with a bleach/water solution. The lenses have spots on them now that won't come off with a simple cleaning with mild soap and water. Any suggestions?

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June 5, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks for the tips. I just recently started wearing glasses and I wasn't sure what was safe to use to clean them. Thanks

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September 30, 20080 found this helpful

My glasses have an acryllic type coating that has started spotting is there a chemical I can buy to try and remove? Either way the glasses can't be worn now because it's getting to bad.



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