How to clean blue light glasses
This guide will show you how to clean blue light glasses to protect your lenses and make them last as long as possible. If you just bought your blue light glasses, check out our guide on how to test blue light glasses.
Table of contents
- How to clean blue light glasses
- Why do you need blue light glasses?
- Cleaning blue light glasses method #1 - hot water and soap
- Cleaning blue light glasses method #2 - Eyeglass cleaning solution
- Cleaning blue light glasses method #3 - Microfiber cleaning cloth
- What to do If you don't have a pair of blue light glasses
Buying a pair of high-quality blue lights is a worthy investment to help protect your eyes from harmful blue light rays that cause digital eye strain, dry eyes, itchy eyes, headaches, and sleep problems. But you also need to protect your investment. Like regular glasses, your blue light glasses get dirty from time to time and require cleaning. But cleaning them does not mean using your shirt or whatever cloth you have around. You need to learn how to clean your blue light glasses correctly. Haphazardly cleaning your blue light glasses might make them dirtier and leave behind pesky smudges.
It may also lead to scratches on your lens. Hence, you must incorporate better cleaning techniques to properly maintain your blue light glasses. If you maintain them correctly, you are one step closer to keeping your eyes healthy and elevating your overall health and wellbeing.
Why do you need blue light glasses?
Research suggests that we spend up to 11 hours a day looking at a screen. This is concerning as it leads to too much blue light exposure. When your blue light glasses as protection blocks those harmful blue light waves, it reduces digital eye strain, watery eyes, dry eye, blurred vision, light sensitivity, headache, neck and shoulder pain, and burning and itchy eyes.
With fewer discomforts, it also sharpens your focus and helps eliminate eye and mental fatigue. Suppose your blue light glasses also block out harmful UV light. In that case, it can also reduce the likelihood of damage to the retina and minimize the risks of developing macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
Blue light exposure delays the release of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone that your body starts releasing hours before bedtime. Reducing the amount of blue light, you are exposed to during the day makes it easier to fall asleep when it's time to go to bed.
But still, you need to protect and maintain your blue light-blocking glasses. Below are the best ways to clean your blue light glasses.
Cleaning blue light glasses method #1 - hot water and soap
Using hot water and soap is one of the safest and most efficient ways to clean your blue light glasses. Do note that you don’t need water that is too hot or too cold. Warm or lukewarm water is the safest choice to avoid damaging your frames and lenses. Here’s how to clean blue light glasses using warm water and soap:
- The first thing you must do is rinse your glasses with the water
- Next, dab the soap on each lens. You only require a pint-sized amount of soap.
- Now rub gently in a circular motion with your fingers until you have transformed all that soap into foam. Also, ensure the soap goes around the frames as well.
- You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush or cotton swab to get behind all crevices in your frames. Never use a hard brush or cloth). If you use a brush, avoid the lenses as much as possible.
- Next, wash with warm water until your lenses are clear. You can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush while rinsing to get rid of tiny pieces of debris within the glass frames.
- Once done, dry, using a microfiber cloth to wipe the entire glasses.
Cleaning blue light glasses method #2 - Eyeglass cleaning solution
Using an eyeglass cleaning solution is one of the most convenient ways to clean your blue light-blocking glasses. Eyeglass cleaning solutions are liquid solutions designed specifically for cleaning glasses. They are affordable. You can also find them anywhere, including your online shops, eyewear retailers, grocery stores, and pharmacies. However, before purchasing any eyeglass cleaner, ensure it is suitable for your glasses. For example, if you own anti-reflective (AR) blue light glasses, then your cleaner must be safe to use on such glasses. The appropriate cleaners will stipulate that on the label. Follow the steps below to clean your glasses with an eyeglass cleaning solution:
- Spray the eyeglass cleaner all over your glasses, including both lenses, nose pads, and the entire frame. Ensure every inch of your glasses is covered with the cleaner
- Use a microfiber cloth to clean off the cleaning solution in a circular motion. Continue until they are dry.
Cleaning blue light glasses method #3 - Microfiber cleaning cloth
A microfiber cleaning cloth often comes included with your blue light glasses. So, they are made for cleaning your lenses. Using a microfiber cleaning cloth is one of the quickest ways to clean your glasses. But you should only use this technique sparingly. It is better to properly clean your glasses (using warm water or the eyeglass cleaning solution). Whether you deep clean every day, for two weeks or once a month, it’s up to you and your glasses' condition. That said, here’s how to clean blue light glasses using a microfiber cleaning cloth:
- Ensure your microfiber cleaning cloth are clean. Also, ensure your hands are washed and dried to avoid transferring oil and dirt.
- Now inspect the lenses to ensure no large particles that might scratch the lens when cleaning.
- When ready, hold the glass by the frame with one hand. Use the other hand to wipe down with a little force and in a circular motion until there are no smudges.
What to do If you don't have a pair of blue light glasses
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