The Ultimate Guide to Lens Care: Tips and Tricks for Clear Vision

Smiling young woman trying on glasses on mirror in optician.You need clear vision to accomplish daily tasks, whether you wear glasses or contact lenses. Corrective lenses are small but mighty devices that make a huge difference in our lives. However, they also require proper care and maintenance to keep them in good shape and protect our eyes. In this ultimate guide to lens care, we will provide tips and tricks for cleaning and storing your glasses and contact lenses, preventing eye infections, and maximizing your vision.

The Right Way to Clean and Store Glasses

Glasses are essential for many to see clearly, but they can easily become dirty and scratched. Here are some tips to help you keep your glasses in top condition.

  1. Use a cotton or microfiber cloth and glasses cleaner to clean your glasses regularly. Avoid using tissues or napkins, which can leave scratches on your lenses.
  2. Make your glasses cleaner by adding a drop of dish soap to a small spray bottle of water.
  3. If you don’t have a dedicated glasses cloth, the hem of your shirt is a better option than paper-based materials. But avoid using window cleaner or ammonia on your glasses, as they will dissolve any protective coatings.
  4. Always store your glasses in their case when you’re not wearing them. This will prevent them from falling off surfaces or getting accidentally damaged.

You can keep your glasses in top condition by following these tips.

Practice Good Contact Lens Safety

It’s a little more complicated to take good care of contact lenses, as they are medical devices that sit directly on the eye. Cleaning them is as much about hygiene as it is about keeping them in good shape. We urge our patients to follow all of these tips:

  • Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses.
  • Only use fresh contact lens solution for cleaning and storing contact lenses. A single use is enough to contaminate the solution!
  • Do NOT use water on contact lenses (and spit is even worse) because water contains microorganisms that could harm your eyes.
  • Follow all instructions on the packaging, including how often to replace contacts and how long to wear them before giving your eyes a rest.

For more eye care tips, contact Central Valley Eye Medical Group in Stockton, CA, at 209-952-3700. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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