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How to clean Reading Prescription Glasses

Updated on June 9, 2012

If you wear prescription reading glasses then this article on how to clean reading glasses is especially for you!

I've found that prescription glasses need to changed every year or so and they need to be upgraded every year or so.

I wear prescription reading glasses and getting them clean and then keeping the glasses clean is a battle.

Prescription glasses are expensive and so they deserve to be looked after.

Wearing glasses covered in smears reduces the effectiveness of them. Sometimes, when I'm wearing them, I think my eyesight has deteriorated, but no, its that they need cleaning. Who wants to view the world through a fog?

So how should you safely clean prescription glasses?

First I’ll mention how you shouldn’t clean your reading glasses.

  • Your glasses should never be cleaned dry. Cleaning eyeglasses lens when they are dry increases the likelihood of scratches.
  • Is it OK to clean your eye glasses with tissues?

In a word “no” it’s not OK to regularly clean your eye glasses with tissues.

If you’re one of the many who use tissues, the bottom of your shirt or the corner of the sheet, you should stop using that method now!

Why? Tissues are made from wood fibres and even though tissues are highly processed there is the likelihood of scratching your expensive prescription glasses.

You probably won’t see these scratches immediately but overtime the friction and fibers just may cover your eyeglasses with tiny scratches rendering them useless.

Likewise tiny particles embedded in sundry other clothing can damage your prescription reading glasses.

There's a poll below you might like to take.

Micro Fiber Clothes for Cleaning Reading Glasses

If your glasses are still not clean use a micro fiber cloth.

  • Keep a microfiber cloth especially to use on your prescription glasses.
  • Micro fiber clothes are often supplied with your reading glasses but you can buy easily them and keep it for the purpose.
  • Keep your micro fiber cloth clean.

Opticians Spray to Clean your Eye Glasses

The spray the opticians sell is also very effective for cleaning your reading glasses.

Spray it on your lenses and wipe clean with a micro fiber cloth.

The solution - how to safely clean prescription glasses

Soap and Water

To be honest, when I first heard that soap and water is the best way to clean your eyewear, I was incredibly skeptical.

But I tried it and it works!

There are a few tricks to using this method so that your eyewear is free of smears.

  • Put your glasses under cold running water.
  • Rub a little soap on your damp fingers and rub your glasses. Then shake dry.
  • Alternatively you could blow on your glasses to dry them. This usually cleans them.
  • Use only cold water.

Sometimes, though even after following this method you may still have some smears. You can then use a micro fiber cloth.

Clean Reading Glasses - a few handy ideas

What Method Do You Use to Clean Your Reading Glasses?

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And finally.......

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    • syedseo1 profile image


      6 years ago from Islamabad

      Nice one

    • ChristinCordle12 profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      7 years ago

      Dam fingers? Do you mean damp?

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Eyewearspy that's a wonderful comment. Thanks so much!

    • eyewearspy profile image


      8 years ago

      This is very useful hub I have ever read. I am wearing eyeglasses too since June 2010. I used to clean it with the cloth attached to my eyeglass and sometimes my shirt. I found here that it is not advisable to clean with a shirt. Thanks for the tips here. I will try soap and warm in cleaning my eyeglass here.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      You're very welcome M.s Fowler. Thanks for commenting.

    • M.s Fowler profile image

      M.s Fowler 

      8 years ago from United states

      I like I have never knew the exact right way to clean my glasses. Thank you!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      I'm glad you found this hub useful KoffeeKlatch Gals! It sounds like you love coffee too! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I, for one, needed to read this hub. I always seem to have scratches and smudges on my glasses, now I know what I am doing wrong. Great advice.

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Woody Marx.

    • Woody Marx profile image

      Woody Marx 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have so many pairs of glasses I loose track of them. This is very solid advice and I will use it. Thanks!

    • travelespresso profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      There's nothing worse than worrying that your eyesight is failing but then you discover its your dirty eyeglasses! Thanks for your comment prasetio.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice hub and very useful for us. I am glad to follow your tips. Thanks for share with us. I vote it Up.



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