glasses smudge easily?

Discussion in 'Glasses' started by Larry, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. Larry

    Larry Guest

    I just got a pair of new polycarb glasses. (I posted before about the color
    fringes, but haven't decide what to do about that problem...)

    I don't know what my glasses have been made out of in the past, but if they
    got really dusty, I could just clean them off with my fingers. Okay, they
    didn't get particularly clean, but they were usable and much better than
    dusty.

    If I try that with my new glasses they get a milky film that is worse than
    the dust. In fact, they develop a milky film within a day of cleaning,
    whether I touch them or not. My old glasses never did that. My old glasses
    I cleaned maybe once a week; these I clean daily, and probably should clean
    more than that.

    Is it something about the glasses (antiglare and scratch resistance
    coatings) or am I imagining the difference?
     
    Larry, Oct 16, 2005
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  2. Larry

    Mark A Guest

    Anti-Reflective coatings are generally fragile and difficult to keep clean
    compared to uncoated lenses. The cheaper coatings will not last long. The
    expensive name brand coatings are worth the extra money (Crizal, and others
    from major manufacturers). If you get you lens coated at a chain store like
    Lenscrafters, you are screwed.
     
    Mark A, Oct 17, 2005
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    Dick Adams Guest

    A wise optician (of a vanishing breed, I fear) once told me this:

    Clean lens surfaces repel water. If you get them clean by using
    soapy fingers to clean them under a running tap, and rinse them
    thoroughly, most of the droplets left on the water can be shaken
    off, or dabbed away with tissue.

    Recently I got a pair of Walgreen's readers that seemed to stay
    wet after cleaning. Well, after four or five cleanings, they were
    fine, and shed water like clean eyeglasses should.

    Another word of wisdom from the wise optician was "Never,
    never, never clean your eyeglasses dry!"

    Most people get new frames with new lenses. That is useful
    because guky residues of eyelid defoliate and ugly blinked-out
    detritus come to rest in the nose pad supports, and at the
    margins of the lenses, under the frames. Those places are
    hard to clean, probably mostly impossible.

    Recently ultrasonic cleaners big enough for eyeglasses* have
    gotten quite cheap, being now manufactured in China. Those
    will clean lenses and frames, including the inaccessible regions
    where guk accumulates, at the same time. Keeping them
    clean with impede corrosion of metal components.

    Don't mention to your eye guy that I told you that. But take
    him back your clean lovely old frames when it comes time to
    get new lenses.
     
    Dick Adams, Oct 17, 2005
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  4. Larry

    Ann Guest

    No, you're not imagining it. I got a pair of glasses with antiglare
    coating and found I could never get them clean. It really drove me to
    distraction. Now, I won't have any coatings put on the glasses. I
    have never found that they do any good anyway and do me far more harm.

    Ann
     
    Ann, Oct 18, 2005
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  5. Larry

    Larry Guest

    Recently ultrasonic cleaners big enough for eyeglasses* have
    gotten quite cheap, being now manufactured in China. Those
    will clean lenses and frames, including the inaccessible regions
    where guk accumulates, at the same time. Keeping them
    clean with impede corrosion of metal components.

    ____________
    Harbor freight happened to have them on sale...
    It redistributes the smudges; it is actually worse than before I clean them.
    I just used water; perhaps a cleaning solution would be better? Couldn't be
    worse...
     
    Larry, Oct 25, 2005
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    That's a pity. I think that a good anti-reflection coating, such as
    Crizal Alize, is one of the best features you can purchase. Then, you
    just need to be properly instructed on how to properly clean them.

    DrG
     
    Dr. Leukoma, Oct 25, 2005
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  7. Larry

    Dick Adams Guest

    And then there is scratch-resistant coating. You can have
    both, according to my eye guy. And you pay. Likely by
    installments, if you choose all of the options.
    How much do the instructions cost?

    What happened to glass?

    Why would I want Crizal Alize? Why could it not be called
    by the name of what it is made of? What might be the disadvantages,
    besides cost?
     
    Dick Adams, Oct 25, 2005
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  8. Larry

    Dick Adams Guest

    Sorry to hear about that.

    If you have been sold eyeglasses which cannot be cleaned, you might take
    them back to the person who sold them to you, for a refund. Otherwise
    consider action via the better business bureau.

    Detergents can be used in an ultrasonic cleaner. Possible some may be
    contraindicated for the eyeglasses you use, which seem to have soluble
    coatings. Otherwise dish detergent can be consider, the hand-friendly
    ones to start, but also the dishwasher varieties.

    Another possibility is to continue to wash your eyeglasses until whatever
    sticky stuff is all washed off.
     
    Dick Adams, Oct 25, 2005
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  9. went the way of dinosaurs. got too heavy and sank into the ooze.
    Better performance.
    It could be called that, but that's like calling your wife "flesh and bone".

    That could be costly too...

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, Oct 25, 2005
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  10. Larry

    Ann Guest

    I have never been offered a choice of makes of coatings, the same as
    I've never been given a choice of makes of lenses for my
    glasses...apart from being asked if I want them made thinner than the
    norm. We just go to the opticians and get what we're given. That is
    no doubt why I didn't take to the progressive glasses I got, because
    they had the wrong sort of lenses.

    Ann
     
    Ann, Oct 25, 2005
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  11. Larry

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    That's too bad for you, because you would have been better served, and
    too bad for me, because it provides a huge disincentive for to offer a
    better quality product.

    DrG
     
    Dr. Leukoma, Oct 26, 2005
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