The world’s simplest method for cleaning reading glasses
Rub gently with one drop of dish soap under warm water
Rinse with warm water
Dab dry with clean cloth – do not rub
ThinOPTICS reading glasses come with a special mobile phone case and raised frame edges that protect your glasses when you store them. And if you use the above cleaning method, you’ll keep them free from scratches!
Guaranteed methods to SCRATCH your reading glasses
- Rub them with your shirt.
- Rub them with Kleenex or paper towels.
- Toss them in the bottom of your purse.
- Shove them into a drawer.
- Storing them in a non-protective case (ThinOPTICS reading glasses always live in a custom mobile case).
- Clean your glasses with bleach, ammonia, vinegar, or window cleaner.
Why do reading glasses scratch?
Bet you thought your reading glasses were made from glass right? WRONG! In the 21st century we decided that having actual glass on our face felt heavy and cumbersome. And it turns out that glass breaks!
Luckily, in the 1970’s poly-carbonate was developed for use in aerospace applications. Poly-carbonate was integrated into reading glasses in the 1980’s to create lightweight, impact-resistant lenses and has become the standard material used in all reading glasses.
But here’s the rub. You shouldn’t RUB poly-carbonate. Although poly-carbonate provides us much more safety due to its impact-resistance, it’s also a soft surface that is prone to scratching. Even more expensive glasses that come with a scratch-proof coating on the lenses is prone to scratching due to intense rubbing. Rubbing with a cloth is effectively like rubbing sandpaper over your lenses. Why? Because that cloth is full of dust particles. Each particle acts like a grit in sandpaper when rubbed across your lens.
Why not use vinegar, ammonia, or bleach to clean your lenses? Because if your lens does come with any kind of coating, these agents will strip your lens of its protective coating layer.