Choosing a Correct Eyeglass Lens Cleaner
If you're like me, then you have used at least one type of lens cleaner at some point in your life. Most people don't realize just how dangerous these cleaners can be. Plastic or glass lenses, especially those with oil, latex or protein can lead to serious problems. Here's why:
The most common type of lens cleaner is a simple protein or latex based product. They work by attaching to oil present on the lenses and gently removing it so the lenses can be cleaned. While this may seem great, the problem is these cleaners are harmful if used for more than a few moments. In fact, some people have even died after using an anti-fit or anti-fogging cleaner.
Glass or plastic eyeglass lens cleaners create an anti-fit barrier on the inside of the glass or plastic lens to stop that from occurring. The problem is that the barrier will stick to the inside and prevent any further airflow. The end result is the cleaning solution seeps into the interior of the eyeglasses where it could cause the protein to grow and cause the inside to collapse. If you've ever experienced this, then you know how quickly this could cause serious damage.
A much better option is to use a good quality protein or anti-fit lens cleaner spray bottle. These products have an easily applied feature which allows them to work much more quickly. This way, you can prevent the process from taking too long, which will prevent the protein build up from occurring.
However, as impressive as those sprays are, they do not eliminate the need to actually go take care of the lens. For example, there is the requirement to wipe the lenses out after every time you remove your prescription lenses. Additionally, the proteins and debris also need to be removed with a lens brush. This takes effort and repeated attention. You cannot do this if you are always wearing prescription lenses because the process requires you to remove the lenses altogether.
The best method to remove all these elements is to use an anti-fit lens cleaner that uses microfiber technology. The microfiber cloth has been known to work just as effectively as other cleaning lenses, but it is more environmentally friendly. In addition, it is disposable. Therefore, there is no need for you to keep a constant supply of cleaning lenses. The only thing you have to remember is to follow the instructions on the container to the letter.
The final step in ensuring your eyes remain safe is to make sure you have properly stored your used lenses. If you store them in the same place every time, you run the risk of contamination. You should ensure you put them in a new storage container before storing them away for the winter or summer season. Similarly, your eyeglass lens cleaner should be used before each cleaning session to ensure there are no particles left in the canister that could be irritating your eyes. You will want to minimize the number of washes you perform in order to ensure your lenses are safe when you do the final rinse.
You can avoid all these potential problems by taking advantage of your warranty and ensuring you always follow the guidelines that come with your lens cleaner spray. The manufacturer's instructions will specify how often you should wipe out your lenses, how long you should leave them in the canister, and what kind of microfiber cloth to use. Be sure you read and understand everything before performing any activity that will have an impact on the performance of your lenses. Also consider investing in a backup container in case you wipe your lenses and have them break.