When you buy a new pair of prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses, you spend a lot of time and money finding your perfect pair. Taking care of this investment is one of the best things you can do. And if you wear contacts, it’s just as important to properly clean and care for them. Knowing how to clean your eyeglasses and contact lenses will make a big difference in how well you see and how much you love wearing them.
CLEANING YOUR EYEGLASSES
Cleaning your frames and lenses regularly can help you see clearly and keep your purchase looking new. While it may seem like any cloth and cleaner could clean your eyeglasses, it’s best to use an eyeglass cleaner and microfiber cloth specifically for eyewear. Never use regular household glass cleaner or ammonia based products as these can cause damage. If you’re unsure, ask your sales associate to recommend cleaning materials.
To clean your glasses, spray them with eyeglass cleaner and wipe them dry with a lens cloth or soft, clean cloth. If you see scratches while you’re cleaning them, bring them into a LensCrafters store and ask an associate for their recommendation.
Without regular cleaning, you may notice a buildup of oil and dirt, which can make it difficult to see well. Remember, you may not be the only one to notice. This build-up can be seen through your lenses by someone talking to you—one more reason to learn how to clean your eyeglasses.
IN-STORE CLEANING AND ADJUSTMENT
If you can’t remove the dirt and oil buildup yourself, bring your purchased eyewear into a store for our cleaning and adjustment service. We do sonic cleanings, which use ultrasonic sound waves, for a deep, like-new clean. We also provide other services, like adjustments for the life of your glasses, including loose screw checks, and nose pad replacements. It’s important your eyewear fits properly and works as well as the day you bought it, so just stop by a store when it’s convenient.
For extra protection, take advantage of our One-Year Eyewear Protection when you buy your glasses. It includes accidental damage from handling, protection from normal wear and tear.
HOW TO CLEAN CONTACT LENSES
When it comes to storing and cleaning your contact lenses, there are various solutions available. These solutions remove build up of unwanted deposits, such as oils and proteins. When left on your lenses, these buildups can cause eye irritation and make lenses deteriorate faster. You should never use tap water, saliva or medicated drops when cleaning contact lenses. If unsure about which solution you should use, consult your doctor to choose the best one for you and your lenses.
For information on how to clean your contacts, follow the directions provided by the lens manufacturer or your eye doctor. Always wash your hands before handling your contacts, and dry hands with a lint-free towel. When you’re ready to insert your contacts, ensure the lens hasn’t turned inside out before putting it in your eye. It’s best to insert your contacts before applying makeup or lotion so as not to contaminate your hands or lenses.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR EYEGLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES AT HOME
To keep your new eyewear in great shape, pick up a few necessary accessories. To make adjustments on your own, keep a screwdriver and screws made specifically for glasses on-hand. Store lens cleaner and cloth in convenient locations, like your desk or purse. Want to keep your frames fitting better, longer? Use both hands when you remove your eyewear to help avoid bending or twisting them. And because glasses are prone to being scratched, scuffed, or crushed, a hard eyewear case is a must-have for every pair you own.
For contact lens wearers, regularly cleaning your contact lens case can help keep them hygienic. Suffering from dry eyes while wearing your contacts? Use eye drops specially formulated to make them more comfortable to wear in dry and air-conditioned environments.
Remember, you can always stop by our practice for cleaning and adjustments, or to ask any eyewear care questions. And if you’re thinking about new eyewear, consider getting eyewear protection to ensure your big eyewear investment lasts.