“If the eye does not want to see, neither light nor glasses will help.”
– German Proverb

Eyeglasses are prone to the buildup of natural oils from your hands, face, and eyelashes, creating a sticky layer of dirt and grime.

This tends to give you a blurry vision through the glasses, and the most convenient way to remove this buildup is to wipe it off with the corner of your shirt.

The shirt, however, is bound to carry particles of dust that can scratch the lenses while wiping them clean. Hence, you need to find better ways to clean your glasses.


The good news is that you need not rely on expensive cleaners as just a mild soap is sufficient for the job. Plus, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends cleaning your eyeglasses daily, preferably in the morning.

So, clean your eyeglasses regularly. After all, apart from correcting your vision, they make you look sincere, intelligent, diligent, and sophisticated!

Interestingly, some people occasionally tend to put an arm of the frame in their mouth or against their lips. This is believed to be a reassurance gesture. Moreover, it works as a tactic for stalling or delaying decisions.

If you are habituated to these gestures, make sure you clean the frame and earpieces of your eyeglasses thoroughly as they are likely to collect a buildup of makeup and hair products.

How to Clean Your Eyeglasses

Steps for Cleaning

  1. Rinse your eyeglasses under warm running water.
  2. Put a drop of dishwashing liquid or hand soap on each lens.
  3. Rub it with your fingers on both sides of each lens to create a lather for cleaning.
  4. Rinse the glasses again under running water to wash off the soap.
  5. Wash the glass frame and earpieces as well.
  6. You must have observed that the nose pads in your eyeglasses tend to collect dirt and grime over a period of time. To clean this gunk off, you can use a soft toothbrush. Make sure you do not brush it against the lenses though, as it may cause scratches.
  7. Wipe off the excess water with a soft and clean cotton cloth. Wipe one lens at a time inside to side motions applying mild and even pressure.
    Finally, buff the lenses with the dry portion of the cotton cloth or simply a microfiber cloth.

Additional Tips

  • For minor smudges on the glasses during the day, keep a soft microfiber cloth handy for dry touch-ups.
  • Never clean your glasses with ammonia or bleach-based cleaners. Window cleaners and even vinegar are also usually not recommended for this purpose. The reason is that the chemicals in these cleaners are likely to strip the optical coating of the lenses.
  • Do not clean your eyeglasses with a cloth or paper towel as they tend to leave behind lint. Moreover, using rough materials on the lenses can lead to scratches.
  • Prefer to buy lenses with anti-glare and UV protective coating.