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How to Clean Eyeglasses With an Anti-Reflective Coating

Blog, Eye Exam, Eye Information, Eyeglasses

No matter where you live, glare and light reflections can happen–especially if you’re in a sunny area, such as Florida. When you’re driving, glare can be dangerous since it can prevent you from seeing the road as clearly. That’s where your eyeglasses can help.


We can add an anti-reflective (or anti-glare) coating to your lenses to deter glare and light reflections. To make the most of these lenses, you’ll need to know how they work and what you can do to keep them in good condition. 


Let’s talk about how to clean eyeglasses with an anti-reflective coating–and what makes these lenses worth it.

Is an anti-reflective coating worth it?

Yes, anti-reflective coatings are worth getting. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), this type of lens can enhance how much light is taken in, which can lead to improved vision. 


Anti-reflective coatings are beneficial for:


  • Athletes
  • Computer users
  • Drivers


In addition to reducing reflections, anti-glare coatings offer a clear look at your eyes. People will be able to see your eyes while you’re talking to them, which can show them that you’re listening.

How to Clean Eyeglasses With an Anti-Reflective Coating

Anti-glare eyeglasses can smudge like other types of eyewear. Whether you run into this problem or not, you’ll still need to clean your eyeglasses daily to help them last.


Here’s how to clean eyeglasses with an anti-reflective coating: 

Step #1: Gather your materials, and rinse the lenses. 

You’ll want to set up the cleaning location at a sink that has access to lukewarm water. Grab some Dawn dish soap or an eyeglass cleaning solution from your optometrist, two of the best eyeglass cleaners for anti-reflective lenses. Avoid anything that has harsh chemicals. 


You’ll also need a clean microfiber cloth. Be sure to cleanse your hands before you get started. Then, you’ll want to rinse the lenses under warm water. 

Step #2: Add a tiny bit of your cleaning solution to the lenses.

Whether you use Dawn dish soap or eyeglass cleaner, now’s the time to put some on the lenses. Add no more than a pea-sized amount of cleaner to each lens. 

Step #3: Massage the cleaner into the lenses and frames. 

Using your hands, work the soap or eyeglass cleaner into the lenses first. Then, you’ll want to take the soap into the frames and nose pads to get rid of any signs of debris. 

Step #4: Run the lukewarm water over your eyeglasses.

To get rid of the soap, pass your eyewear under the lukewarm water. Look over your eyeglasses to verify you’ve gotten the cleaner off. Otherwise, your anti-glare eyeglasses may smudge. 

Step #5: Dry your frames with a microfiber cloth. 

Start by giving your eyeglasses a quick shake over the sink to make sure there’s no water left. Then, dry them carefully with your microfiber cloth. Your local optical store can give you one of the best eyeglass cleaning cloths when you come in to purchase eyewear. 

Summary: Cleaning Eyewear With an Anti-Glare Coating

Anti-glare coatings can prevent reflections off objects in the light, giving you clearer vision during the day and night, especially while you’re driving. It’s essential to wash your eyewear regularly to help the coating maintain its quality. 


Here’s how to clean eyeglasses with an anti-reflective coating:


  • Wash your hands, and get your materials ready. These should include a sink with warm water, Dawn dish soap or an eyeglass cleaning solution, and a microfiber cloth.
  • Drop a pea-sized amount of cleaner onto the lenses, and rub it in. Don’t forget to massage the soap into the frames, too. 
  • Clean the soap off the lenses and frames under lukewarm water.
  • Use your microfiber cloth to dry your eyewear. 


By taking care of your eyeglasses, you can wear them for even longer, which can result in better vision than you’ve had in years.


Browse for a For Eyes near you today to meet with our eye care team. Don’t forget to ask how to add an anti-reflective coating to your eyewear. We’d love to help. 

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