Tips for Keeping Contact and Glasses Clean and Clear

Contact lenses and eyeglasses

If you wear eyeglasses, you most likely notice that it is so bothering to have soil, grit, or oil stuck on the lenses. Furthermore, past being irritating, the dots on your glasses can cause eye strain and migraines. Likewise, microbes are bound to develop on glasses that haven't been cleaned for some time—encouraging germs in such a delicate area, such as your eyes present dangers.

As per the experts, a speedy eyeglass cleaning ought to be a piece of your day by day eye care schedule. The amount of times one cleans relies upon [your] occupation, individual cleanliness, and capacity to bear obscure. However, it is recommended that a normal glasses-wearer give their lenses a light cleaning every single day, while the frame should be cleaned at least once a week.

A 2018 study affirmed that perilous microscopic organisms could develop on your eyeglasses, including the microorganisms that cause bacterial sicknesses. The nose cushions and ear clips of the glasses that were tried were seen as the most defiled regions of the eyeglasses. Below are a way to clean your glasses and contacts.

Cleaning your glasses

Do Not

  • You should not wipe your lenses while they are dry. The point of this is to avoid any debris on the lens from getting rubbed into the surface and causing scratches.
  • Most people are tempted to use window cleaners or Windex to clean their lenses. However, one should stay away from such cleaners, given that they contain potent chemicals that might destroy the lenses.
  • In most cases, people who wear glasses tend to blow on the lenses and wiping this with their clothes, especially shirts. However, this should be avoided as one increases the chances of scratching the surface of the lenses.
  • Finally, one should avoid using tissues to clean the lenses as they contain fiber that can be detrimental to the lenses.

So, with all the don'ts, how should one clean their lenses?


  1. Wash your hands

 Before cleaning your eyeglasses, ensure your hands are liberated from the soil, grime, cream, and whatever else that could be moved to your focal points. Use salve free cleanser or dishwashing fluid and a perfect, build-up free towel to clean your hands.

  1. Rinse your glasses

While you're rinsing your hands, get your glasses and give them a little wash under a gentle stream of water. Spot a minuscule measure of Dawn detergent on both the front and rear of every focal point. Rub the two sides of your focal points for a moment and give the casing a touch of cleaning as well; remember the nose cushion! The inside (nasal) edge of the eyeglass lenses, where they meet the scaffold of the edge, is a prime spot for gathering sweat and oil. Make a point to give these glasses some additional affection. After that, rinse the glasses off thoroughly under the faucet.  

  1. Dry the glasses with a clean cloth

Eliminate a great deal of the water from the lenses and edge by tapping dry. Utilize a spotless, recently out of the dryer, cotton towel that has not come into contact with a cleansing agent or dryer sheets. You need to guarantee that no flotsam and jetsam could scratch your focal points.

You may see modest quantities of water working out of the pivots or the notch between the casing and lenses. This is not something to be worried about and can be dried off with your lens material. The lenses may even "squeak" in the edges for a couple of hours until any residual hints of water vanishes.

  1. Inspect the lenses

In the event that any streaks remain, expel them with a clean microfiber material — these build-up free fabrics are accessible at most optical shops or photography stores. To finish up cleaning of your glasses when you don't have the above provisions accessible, attempt independently bundled, pre-saturated dispensable focal point cleaning wipes. These are planned explicitly for use on eyeglass focal points.


 Cleaning Contacts

Cleaning contacts lens is usually essential, given the rate of infection related to contact lenses. So, what should one do to clean their contact lenses effectively?


  1. Wash your hands

Just like when cleaning standard glasses, one should ensure they wash their hands with soap and water before touching the contacts. This is to eliminate bacteria and other harmful substances that might have accumulated on your hand. One should use antibacterial soap where possible, and make a point of drying their hands with a lint-free towel. Additionally, one should avoid using lotion-based solvents.

  1. One should ensure they use fresh contact lens cleaning solutions every single time.
  2. Rub the contact lenses using your hands, and ensure to rinse them using a new cleaning solution afterward. According to a study, rub and rinse is the most effective technique of cleaning contacts even when one does not have the cleaning solutions.
  3. Ensure to rinse the contact lenses appropriately and have them overturned until they are dry.


  1. Avoid using oil-based soaps.

Using such cleaning agents to wash your hands leaves the lenses prone to stains.

  1. Don't use tap water to clean the contact.
  2. Don't clean the contact lens casing with water to avoid introducing impurities and microorganisms.
  3. Don't leave the case in humid places such as bathrooms. Leaving the case in such areas increases the chances of the germs building up.
  4. Avoid transferring cleaning solutions into a smaller container when traveling. By doing so, one ends up compromising the sterility of the cleaning solution.


Bottom line

Cleaning glasses and contact lenses are of paramount importance. Although the cleaning process may appear rather simple, one should ensure that utmost care is taken when cleaning, especially when cleaning the contact lenses. If, by any chance, you have the two, you should make sure to follow the above guidelines to ensure effective cleaning. I should NOTE that when cleaning contact, no water should be used to avoid germs and microorganisms building up.

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