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What’s the Best Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses?

Did you know that about 50% of all Americans wear corrective glasses? With eyeglasses being so popular, you might assume people would know how to take care of their optical lenses properly, right? Wrong! When surveyed, most eyeglasses wearers respond that they clean their lenses by exhaling onto them and wiping the fog off with their shirt.

Unfortunately, this all-too-common practice can actually damage your eyeglasses. Our experts at Washington Eye Doctors, with optical stores in Washington, D.C., , , , , District of Columbia, share the following tips on the best way to clean your glasses.

Eyesight is precious. So are your eyeglasses.

Everyone appreciates the value of clear vision and the importance of doing everything possible to keep your vision safe and healthy. If you think of your eyeglasses as an investment towards your sharp vision, you’ll treat them with the care they deserve.

In addition to purchasing frames for your prescription eyeglasses, you may have chosen to coat the lenses with anti-glare, UV protection, and anti-scratch features. While these coatings are generally durable, they aren’t 100% damage-proof. Cleaning your lenses improperly can cause minor scratches.

What’s the worst way to clean eyeglasses?

The following cleaning solutions or methods rank as the absolute worst ways to treat your eyeglasses, because they can strip the lenses of their coatings and leave fine marks that can create a visual haze.

  • Window/glass cleaner
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Toothpaste
  • Tissues or napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Exhaling onto the lenses
  • Your shirt

What are the best ways to clean eyeglasses?

Keeping your lenses clean and clear is an essential part of optimizing your vision! The best cleansers to use include water, rubbing alcohol, dishwashing liquid, microfiber cloth, and special optical wipes.

Once you’re armed with the right substances, follow these guidelines:

  1. Run your glasses under lukewarm water (NOT hot water).
  2. Using a small drop of dish soap on your fingertips, rub both sides of the lenses and nose pads gently.
  3. Rinse the eyeglasses with warm water and dry gently with a clean microfiber cloth. Because microfiber doesn’t leave lint behind, your lenses should be sparkling clean.
  4. Keep individually-wrapped optical wipes handy so you can clean your eyeglasses throughout the day, as needed. Alternatively, spritz glasses cleaner or even rubbing alcohol from a spray bottle onto the lenses and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

We offer a full line of optical products

Need to stock up on wipes or a spray bottle of solution made especially for cleaning your glasses? Stop by our vision care centers in Washington, D.C., , , , , District of Columbia, to make sure you have all the quality eyewear products and accessories you need!

At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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9 Tips for Preventing Fog On Your Eyeglasses

Foggy eyeglasses are a part of life for many people. Sports sunglasses and snowboard goggles often fill with condensation in response to frigid air, and even regular prescription lenses can fog up just because you’re sipping a hot drink in the cold outdoors. Why does this happen? Our opticians in Washington, D.C. and , District of Columbia, explain what’s going on – and provide helpful tips on how to prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up.

Condensation is the cause

When moist heat, such as your breath or humidity in the atmosphere lands on a cold surface, such as your chilled eyeglasses lenses, it cools and transforms into tiny drops of liquid. These droplets, called condensation, create the film that you see as fog.

9 tips for stopping your eyeglasses from fogging up

  1. Anti-fog wipes: this is the easiest fix. The disadvantage of this simple hack is that you have to bring your wipes with you everywhere you go. Stock up on anti-fog wipes at our optical stores in Washington, D.C. and , District of Columbia.
  2. Anti-fog spray or cream: just like the wipes, anti-fog spray or cream also works well; it’s just a bit less convenient than the wipes.
  3. Clean eyeglasses with shaving cream: apply a small amount of shaving cream on both sides of your lenses, and wipe it off gently with a soft cloth and cold water.
  4. Spread white soap on your lenses: if you don’t have a can of shaving cream handy, white bar soap works as a good alternative. But don’t rinse the soap off with water. Instead, brush it off gently with a dry cloth until your lenses sparkle.
  5. Wipe lenses with saliva: this may be the fastest, cheapest way to prevent fog on your lenses. However, it can also lead to visual distortions, so don’t apply this fix right during sports.
  6. Eyeglasses that fit further from your face: some designs of frames sit further away from your face, providing better ventilation that can prevent condensation because the airborne water evaporates more quickly.
  7. Water-repellent lens coating: purchase eyeglasses with lenses coated with a water-repellent lens coating. The drawback of this solution is that it may prevent you from adding other types of lens coatings.
  8. Anti-fog sports eyeglasses: if you’re an avid outdoors person in the winter, you’ll benefit from buying a specialized pair of sports eyewear; check out our optical collection in Washington, D.C. and , District of Columbia.
  9. Take off your scarf: depending on the material of your winter scarf, it may be deflecting your breath upwards, where the warm air gets trapped behind your eyeglasses and leads to fog.

Note: these tips are for eyeglasses only; never use wipes, saliva, shaving cream or anything other than contact solution on contact lenses.

De-fog your vision

Whether you live in a very cold climate or you spend a lot of time engaged in winter sports, we can help clear the fogginess from your view. We offer a variety of vision solutions at Washington Eye Doctors, so stop by anytime to discuss the best anti-fog tips for your lifestyle.

At Washington Eye Doctors, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 202-335-5032 or book an appointment online to see one of our Washington, D.C. eye doctors.

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Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

Dr. Michael Rosenblatt treats patients from all over Washington, D.C. with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at Washington Eye Doctors can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.

Physical

Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.

Emotional

Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.

Social

Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, Dr. Michael Rosenblatt, will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At Washington Eye Doctors, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

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