Lens Cleaning Question

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by db619196, Feb 2, 2006.

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    db619196 Guest

    I am not sure if this is the best place to post this question, so I
    apologize in advance if this is the wrong newsgroup.

    I recently bought a pair of glasses from lenscrafters with anti-glare
    and scotchgard protector coatings. I also bought a product called "no
    glare lens cleaner" at the Walmart vision center, with a microfibre
    cloth. I can't for the life of me find the ingredients for the wal-mart
    lens cleaner. I was wondering if anybody here knows if the cleaner I
    bought is safe for my lenses? The label claims it is safe for ALL lens
    types, but I am not going to just take their word for it.

    Thanks,
    David
     
    db619196, Feb 2, 2006
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    Mark A Guest

    Personally, I would not use a lens cleaning cloth on glasses, especially
    with AR coating. Over time the cloth retains dirt and will scratch the
    coating.
     
    Mark A, Feb 2, 2006
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    kite Guest

    I wash my lens-cleaning cloths every few days by hand with Dawn dish
    detergent. It seems to keep them adequately clean. I've found that
    it's a bad idea to dry lenses with anything that's been through the
    washer (or worse, dryer) -- there's usually lint on those cloths, and
    if you've been to the beach less than five years ago there's probably
    sand somewhere in the system as well. I practically destroyed a pair
    of glasses with a cloth I thought I'd washed thoroughly. I use a
    cleaner spray from my optometrist's if I need to clean during the day,
    a drop of detergent and running water when I'm home.
     
    kite, Feb 2, 2006
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    TimR Guest

    I had a pair of glasses develop hard water deposits over time. It
    built up so slowly I didn't realize it until it had affected vision.

    Since this experience I keep distilled water on hand, it is cheap
    insurance. No more tap water.
     
    TimR, Feb 2, 2006
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    lousytshirt Guest

    I think its important do a good job of rinsing off the lenses first to
    get as many scratch inducing particles as possibile.
    I use the lens cleaning solution that comes in spray bottles. If it
    doesn't have alchohol in it, I add some. I think it helps to disolve
    the oils that accumulated. I gently rub with my fingers and then polish
    with regular tissues(Kleenex type). The only problem I had with
    scratching was when I was in France. Although the tissues over there
    seem as soft as here, I did develop some scratches. May just be a
    coincidence, as I've been there twice before without problems.
    LensCrafters sells cleaning towels(paper) but they are more expensive
    and don't seem to work any better.

    I used to not even wipe off the solution- I'd rinse it off and "blow
    dry" with my mouth. Never got scratches that way, but it seemed that my
    glasses did not get quite as clean as when I wiped off.
     
    lousytshirt, Feb 2, 2006
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  6. I really try not to touch my glasses with anything; cloth or not - dish
    liquid to clean, run through warm water until the water beads up, and
    then gently dab off the remaining drops with something absorbent,
    without 'rubbing'. I have no issues using coarser paper like kleenexes
    for that purpose, because all I do is tap to absorb the remaining
    drops.
     
    The Central Scrutinizer, Feb 2, 2006
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    Don Lee Guest

    I use a micofiber towel to clean...the ones you can get for dusting. So far
    so good.
     
    Don Lee, Feb 10, 2006
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