How to Clean Your Eyeglasses to Prevent Bacterial Infections
Keeping everything that comes into contact with your face and eyes clean is critical in preventing bacterial infections. That includes your eyeglasses. Sure, you may cleanse your specs periodically by buffing out smudges so you can see more clearly. But how clean are you really getting them? Your glasses are in close proximity of your eyes all day long. That presents many opportunities for infection.
Natural oils from your hands, eyelashes and face can lead to a lot of buildup on a daily basis. Plus, the CDC says that glasses can actually pass conjunctivitis — also known as pinkeye – on to the user. And that’s just one type of bacteria. There’s also blepharitis (causes eyelid inflammation), bacterial keratitis (corneal infection) and sties (painful red bumps near the eyelid’s edge) to worry about.
All of this bacteria present on your glasses can irritate, infect or scratch your eyes. How does it get there? Well, think about how many times a day you touch your glasses, take them on and off, touch your face, your hair, and rub your eyes? Your hands pick up all that bacteria in the environment, which is transferred onto your glasses.
Here are some tips on how to clean your eyeglasses to keep infection at bay:
- Avoid cleaning your glasses with your shirt or a paper towel, as these can transfer bits of dust that can scratch your lenses.
- Avoid breathing on your lenses to fog them up before cleaning. It’s not proven to do anything beneficial and only serves to add more bacteria from your mouth onto your glasses.
- Wash your glasses daily. Don’t just wash the lenses – get the ear pieces and frames, which is where makeup and oil can build up.
- Run your glasses under warm water and add a bit of soap with your fingers. Don’t scrub. Once clean, dry with a lint-free cloth only.
- Handy tip: use a coffee filter to dry your glasses, which won’t scratch like a microfiber cloth.
- Never use rubbing alcohol or Windex to clean glasses. If you’re not sure about what products to use, ask your eye doctor.
Do you suspect you have an eye infection? Get it checked out at Simon Eye Associates. Call us now at 302-239-1933 or complete our convenient online form. We see patients in Wilmington, Newark, Bear, Middletown, Delaware and other nearby areas.