After making a financial investment in a pair of reading glasses, you want to make sure you take good care of them. Reading glasses will last longer and serve you better if you keep them clean and in good repair. Here are some ways to properly clean those handy items that help you read better!
While most lenses are made of plastic, you still will need to be careful when cleaning them. Depending on how dirty they are, use either a wet or dry cleaning method. If the glasses are just slightly dusty, use a dry, lint-free cloth to gently wipe the front and back of each lens. Dirtier glasses, or those with sticky residue on them, will need a more thorough washing with soap and water.
Run warm water over each lens, front and back. Carefully run a small amount of mild hand soap over the lenses. Rinse immediately with warm water, and repeat if necessary. Dry with a soft towel or, if you don’t need to wear the reading glasses right away, leave them on a flat surface to dry.
Eyeglass cleaners and sprays are available for those who prefer them. Some of these are designed to be used with a dry cloth, and others are to be used in place of hand soap when washing glasses under running water.
No matter what cleaning method you use be sure not to distort or bend the frames or nosepieces. Certain types of metal frames, especially those made of thin wire, are easily bent.
Depending on how they are handled after cleaning them it may be worth getting a 3-pair super-saver pack from Optx 20/20 so in case something happens to one pair, you have a few back-ups nearby and not have to worry about an extra expense of getting them fixed!
With proper cleaning and care, reading glasses can last several years. Just a few minutes each day to clean and examine them will be worth the effort to prolong their life.