How To Clean Your Reading Glasses: No, Don’t Use Your Shirt!

How To Clean Your Reading Glasses: No, Don’t Use Your Shirt!

Millions of Americans are wearing corrective glasses whether they’re computer glasses, reading glasses, or fashion glasses–adorned to make a statement–they all get messed up and need to be cleaned.

If you’re like me, cleaning your glasses ranks right up there with scrubbing toilets. Okay, maybe not that bad but it can be that tricky. I always seem to smudge them.

But, if you know the “secret-how-to-clean-your-reading-glasses” formula, then you kinda might enjoy the process because it’s that simple!

It goes like this.

Whatever you do, DON’T do this or your reading glasses are sure to scratch:

1. Rub them with your shirt. 
2. Rub them with Kleenex or paper towels. 
3. Clean your glasses with bleach, ammonia, vinegar, or window cleaner. Using these types of liquids could damage glasses that have a special coating on the lenses.

Want to know what makes your ThinOPTICS reading glasses so darn light?

First of all understand that glass is so yesterday. Your ThinOPTICS reading glasses are actually made from polycarbonate which has been around since the seventies and been used since the eighties for reading glasses.

Why? The material is impact-resistant and lightweight which is why some of our customers tell us they forget they’re even wearing our ThinOPTICS’ readers.

We’re proud to know they’re that comfortable!

However, there’s one catch.

Most of the time people commit one big mistake when cleaning their reading glasses. They reach for anything in sight: a tablecloth, paper towel, their shirt… this makes us cringe.

You see, you CAN’T rub polycarbonate.

Although polycarbonate provides us much more safety than glass due to its impact-resistant material, it’s also a soft surface that can scratch.

Even more expensive glasses that come with a scratch-proof coating on the lenses are prone to scratching due to intense rubbing.

When you rub your reading glasses with any old fabric, it’s like rubbing sandpaper over them because the cloth is transferring its dust particles onto your lenses. Each particle acts like grit in sandpaper when rubbed across your readers and you know what happens next. Life goes from having a clear focus to a spotty, shredded outlook…bummer!

Also, we know that you wouldn’t do this but some people do…don’t use spit or your hot breath to clean your reading glasses. Turns out, doctors say that’s just not sanitary and it really never gets your readers clean.

So, follow the simplest method for cleaning your reading glasses and they’ll last you a lifetime!

The American Optometric Association recommends cleaning your glasses every morning. The reason is clear, you wear them daily and your reading glasses can build up a lot of dirt and grime from makeup, skin particles, and oil from your hands and face.