By properly cleaning and maintaining your blue light glasses, you are going the extra mile in ensuring that you keep your eyes healthy and maintain your overall physical health.
With their increasing popularity and numerous health benefits, high-quality blue light glasses are a sound investment that you should take good care of so that they can serve you diligently for as long as possible. If anything, these glasses protect you from harmful blue light rays, which can cause among other things; blurred vision, digital eye strain, severe headaches, and even interfere with your sleep! So how do you clean blue light glasses? Well, let’s find out.
When it comes to how to clean blue light glasses, the most effective way is to use warm water and dish soap. Rinse the glasses with warm water, put a little dish soap on each lens, and rub them gently in a circular motion until foam appears before wiping using a microfiber cloth. You can also use an eyeglass cleaner, which is a liquid solution specifically made for cleaning eyeglasses.
So if you’ve always been thinking that you can use a shirt or whatever cloth lying in your house to clean your blue light glasses, you’ve been dead wrong. Using just about anything to clean your blue light glasses will scratch them and make them look dirtier than they were before by leaving annoying smudges on your lenses. As such, this article takes an insightful look at much better ways of how to clean blue light glasses.
Benefits of Using Clean Blue Light Glasses
Before going into how to clean blue light glasses, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using blue light glasses. If you take a quick look around you, you’ll be amazed to realize that you’re actually surrounded by blue light and get exposed to it more than you had ever imagined!
While the sun is probably the greatest source of blue light and its harmful rays, digital screens (including your smartphones, computers, and TV), LED technology, fluorescent lighting, and basically, all other electronic devices are all sources of blue light. Although blue light isn’t something that you constantly think about, it definitely affects your health and well-being.
Honestly speaking, we almost spend our entire days glued to our smartphones, in front of a computer, or TV. The harsh glowing lights that these gadgets emit can be harmful not just to our eyes but also to our overall health. By using blue light glasses, we minimize the negative impacts that the harmful rays produced by blue light have on our bodies.
In essence, using clean and high-quality blue light glasses significantly minimize digital eye strain. This is because blue light glasses are designed to filter out most of the blue light that comes from digital screens. Blue light glasses are also designed to increase the contrast of digital screens while reducing glare.
The Best Ways of Cleaning Blue Light Glasses
The methods of cleaning and maintaining your blue light glasses aren’t far much different than the methods used in cleaning regular eyeglasses. The most important thing to keep in mind is, of course, the type of lenses that the blue light glasses are made out of. In most cases, blue light glasses are designed either with polycarbonate or glass lenses. As such, the type of lens that your blue light glasses have should determine the type of cleaners you use.
Again, it’s essential to note that most blue light glasses are designed with a special lens coating. This is important in reducing the level of smudges in your glasses while also repelling dust and water. But even with that, it’s still appropriate that you perfectly clean the glasses as regularly as you can. This is to help keep them smudge-free and to allow you to see more clearly and also to prolong the lifespan of the blue light glasses.
So without further ado, let’s look at how to clean blue light glasses.
Eyeglass Cleaning Solution
As we noted earlier, an eyeglass cleaning solution is a solution that is specifically made for cleaning eyeglasses. The solution can either come in form of a liquid or spray with both working just great, so it’s up to you to choose the solution to go for. When using an eyeglass cleaner to clean your blue light glasses, you should start by rinsing your blue light glasses with warm water.
You can then use a microfiber cloth to wipe them. This is of great importance in removing any existing dust or dirt that might be logged into your glasses. You should then spray the solution on your lenses. Make sure that you do not touch the lenses while cleaning them. Instead, use the frame to hold the glasses and the microfiber cloth to clean the lenses. You should do this in a circular motion until the lenses are smudge-free.
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Almost all eyeglasses come with a microfiber cleaning cloth that’s meant to clean and maintain your glasses. This microfiber cleaning cloth is included specifically to help in cleaning and maintaining the lenses. This is because they’re designed to effectively trap any form of debris but you have to wash them regularly. So before you start using the microfiber cloth, make sure that you’ve washed and dried your hands so that you do not transfer oil or any form of dirt and dust to the glasses.
After washing and drying your hands, inspect the lenses and make sure that they don’t have any form of particle that could damage the lenses. You should hold the blue light glasses by the frame and use the other hand to wipe the lenses with the microfiber cloth. Do this in a circular motion until you’re sure that the lenses are clean and smudge-free.
One of the most important things to consider when using the microfiber cloth to clean your blue light glasses is how often you clean the glasses. If you do it daily, then doing it lightly can work. But if you take some time (say two weeks), then you should opt for a deep clean. Again, the current condition that your blue light glasses are in should determine how thoroughly you clean your glasses.
Using Mild Dish Soap
As we noted earlier, using mild dish soap is one of the most effective ways to clean your blue light glasses. You should start by rinsing the glasses with lukewarm water. Apply a little dish soap on each lens and rub lightly in a circular motion until foam appears. You can also use dish soap to clean the frame to make sure that you remove dirt or oil.
Using soft cotton or the microfiber cloth, wipe down the lenses and the frame until every part of your blue light glasses is dry. The best way to avoid smudging the lenses is by holding the glasses by the bridge (that part between the lenses).
How to Clean Blue Light Glasses with Anti-Reflective Coating
Using blue light glasses with anti-reflective coating is beneficial not only in offering you a clearer vision but also in preventing reflections off objects in the light. And because you’ll still have to wash these glasses regularly as part of the maintenance procedure, here’s how to go about it.
- Wash your hands and let them dry
- Get the materials ready including lukewarm water, eyeglass cleaning solution or dish soap, and microfiber cloth
- Drop a little amount of the soap or cleaner on the lenses and gently rub it in and do the same to the frames
- Clean the soap off the lenses and frames using lukewarm water
- Wipe down the glasses using the microfiber cloth and dry the glasses before using or storing them in their case or pouch
Things to Avoid When Cleaning Your Blue Light Glasses
There’s a wide range of don’ts that you should avoid when cleaning your blue light glasses, especially if you want them smudge-free. They include:
- Using a dirty cloth or just any cloth, including your shirt or blouse, to wipe the lenses
- Touching the lenses either accidentally or intentionally with your fingers, especially if they’re oily
- Using saliva to wet the glasses
- Using napkins, paper towels, or tissues to wipe the lenses. This will leave your lenses full of lint and can even scratch them.
- Using harsh cleaners that can scratch the protective coating of the lenses
- Failing to store the blue light glasses in its pouch or case
- Putting your blue light glasses on a table or desk with the lenses facing downward
How to Remove Scratches from Your Blue Light Glasses
It’s a known fact that scratches will not only interfere with your vision but can also reflect light when using blue light glasses. But can these scratches be removed from your blue light glasses? Well, let’s find out.
Regrettably, there’s no magic formula that you can use to remove scratches from your blue light glasses once they’re scratched. This is, in fact, one of the main reasons why we’re emphasizing the importance of making sure that your lenses are not scratched.
Again, it is not advisable to try removing the scratches yourself. Without special equipment that is designed to remove scratches from blue light glasses, you’ll end up causing more damage that may completely ruin the glasses. So if you have to repair the scratches, make sure that it’s done with a professional expert.
Of course, some products will make the scratches look less visible but cannot completely remove the scratches. The only downside of using these products is that they wear off easily since they’re waxy substances. Similarly, the results of using these products may depend on the depth and location of the scratches.
With that in mind, you should choose blue light glasses that have a more durable scratch-resistant coating. You can confirm with your optician if the blue light glasses that you’re purchasing have an anti-scratch warranty.
Using a Professional to Clean Your Blue Light Glasses
You might be in a scenario where the lenses of your blue light glasses are clean and in good shape but it seems almost impossible to clean the nose pads or other parts of the frame. Well, you can consider taking your blue light glasses to an eye care professional who can use an ultra-sound cleaning device to deep clean your blue light glasses. He/she can also replace the aging or yellowing nose pads with new ones.
How to Take Care of Your Blue Light Glasses
As we’ve mentioned countless times in this piece, blue light glasses are essential in improving your vision, protecting you from the harmful blue light rays, and improving your overall well-being. As such, these glasses are a significant investment that must be taken care of if you want them to serve you well and for long. Here are a few ways to take care of your blue light glasses.
Use a Case or a Pouch to Carry Your Blue Light Glasses Around
There’s a reason why eyeglasses do come in a case or pouch: to protect them and prevent them from scratching. Given that removing scratches from your blue light glasses is almost impossible, you should make sure that you always use a case or a pouch to carry your blue light glasses.
The best thing to do is to ensure that your blue light glasses are stored in their original case, which was specifically designed with your particular glasses in mind.
Do Not Leave Your Glasses in a Hot Car
One of the most common mistakes that most of us do is to leave our blue light glasses on the dashboard of our vehicles. Well, exposing your blue light glasses to severe heat will not only damage your lenses but will also warp your frame.
How to Make Your Blue Light Glasses Last
Although cleaning your blue light glasses properly and regularly is essential in prolonging their life, the biggest risk to your blue light glasses come from everyday use. So for your blue light glasses to last, you must be careful with the way you store and use them.
The most common mistake is leaving your glasses on a desk, bathroom counter, or anywhere else other than in its cases when not in use. They can easily get scratched and this will damage your lenses and of course, blur your vision. In essence, keep the glasses in their case and you’ll protect them from scratches or getting damaged from falls.
The fact that we’re virtually around blue light almost every minute makes blue light glasses an important part of our lives. Blue light glasses are essential in protecting our eyes and vision from the harmful blue light rays, so we need to take good care of them.
You can maintain the usefulness of your blue light glasses and ensure that they last long by knowing how to clean them. Follow the above-described tips and your blue light glasses will be in a much better place.