Wipe coronavirus away, sanitize your eyeglasses

April 16, 2020
Eye glass

THE most forgotten item oe thing to disinfect during this Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is the eyeglasses.

Going outside to get some air or to buy food at the market with your eyeglasses on (sunglasses or reading glasses), would somehow pick up some dust, dirt or germs and even aerosol droplets of coronavirus when someone infected sneezes or coughs a few meters away from you. Besides, bacteria on dirty glasses can grow on nose pads and ear clips leading to staph infections and other skin issues.

We usually clean our eyeglasses by wiping it with tissue or on our shirt. During this health crisis, it is about time to disinfect and clean our eyeglasses properly without scratching the lens.

Here’s the proper way to clean glasses without damaging them, according to the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab:

* Rinse the lenses with lukewarm water to remove any debris or dirt on the surface. If you have polycarbonate lenses or lenses with coatings, use an eyeglass-specific spray. If the spray is not available, try gentle dish soap if your lenses are greasy. Make sure to avoid any dish soaps that contain lotions or similar moisturizing ingredients.

* Dry lenses thoroughly with a soft microfiber cloth or a cloth made specifically for lenses. The microfiber cloth always comes with new eyeglasses.

* To kill germs on the ear and nose pieces, wipe it with a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe or a wet tissue with a drop of disinfecting solution.

* Do not use acetone products like nail polish remover to clean lenses, or wiping wet lenses dry with paper towels, tissues, or the fabric of your shirt to prevent scratches.