How To Sanitize Your Glasses
But Should You? We Recommend Cleaning Your Glasses to Remove Germs
We’re all taking as many precautions as possible. Washing our hands while singing “Happy Birthday” (twice), cleaning our phones, doorknobs, and more. Whatever it takes to make sure that we’re doing we can to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has stated the COVID-19 virus is mainly transmittable through person-to-person contact. However, it is presently unclear how long the virus can live on any surfaces, meaning, it could be hours or days.
As much as we try to not touch our faces, touching and adjusting our glasses often causes us to inadvertently make contact near our eyes, nose, and mouth.
While you can use alcohol or another disinfectant to “disinfect” or “sanitize” your glasses, anything with a disinfectant, alcohol, or a high acidic material may actually cause damage to lens coatings or frames. Instead, we recommend cleaning your glasses with a gentle hand soap using the following steps:
STEPS TO CLEAN YOUR GLASSES
1. First, run your glasses under warm water covering the entire frame and lenses.
2. Use foaming or regular hand soap on your fingers to gently wipe down all surfaces of your glasses along with the lenses.
3. Rinse your glasses under warm water and dry with a lens cloth. It’s important not to use your shirt, a paper towel, or any abrasive materials such as anti-bacterial wipes as they can scratch the surface of your lenses, damage the frame, or wipe away any coatings you might have like TechShield® Blue.
When you aren’t actively wearing your glasses, place them in their case. This will help keep them from coming into contact with other contaminated surfaces or your hands.
Want to learn more about generally cleaning and caring for your glasses? Check out this article, How To Clean Your Glasses, for the do’s and don’ts you’ll want to know.
Wear contacts? Find helpful tips on keeping things clean in this article.
Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to protect your lenses and frames and it doesn’t hurt to check with your eye doctor to make sure these steps are suitable for your lenses. These steps are a preventative measure to help keep your glasses clean and lower your risk or exposure to germs. You should continue to check with the CDC and your state and local health departments for up-to-date guidelines around protecting yourself and your loved ones.