How to Disinfect Glasses to Help Prevent COVID-19

Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses

Your glasses including both lenses and frames can transfer COVID-19 to the eyes, nose, and mouth. Both viruses and bacteria are easily transferable to your hands and mouth from your glasses and COVID-19 is no exception.

Research suggests Coronavirus can remain on your glass surface for as long as 9 days. So you must be careful at this time to protect yourselves from COVID-19. Moreover, People over 40 who have farsightedness, people with presbyopia are at higher risk as they put glasses on and off more frequently throughout the day. Especially during corona, most people face Mask Fog on their glasses due to wearing masks and find themselves cleaning and thus touching the glasses more frequently than normal.

So, disinfecting your glasses is very important and luckily very easy. Here are ways how you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT disinfect your glasses.

What NOT to Use to Disinfect Your Glasses

Although You might feel tempted to use existing rubbing alcohol at home to disinfect your glasses, we highly discourage it. It is very harsh for the special coating on your lenses. You should also avoid using bleach, ammonia, or anything with high concentrations of acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar. These can harm your eyewear.

Ways to Safely Disinfect Your Glasses

Now that you know what are substances you should not use to disinfect your glasses. Let’s talk about the ways you should disinfect your glasses.

  • Dish Soap and Water

The most easy and efficient way to disinfect your lenses is to use lukewarm water with gentle dish soap. Message gently each lens with soap and rinse. Then use a microfiber cloth (not paper towels, as the fibers can easily scratch lenses) to dry the lenses. Don’t forget to disinfect the frame’s nose pads and earpieces too.

  • Lens Cleaning Wipes 

Pre-moistened lens wipes work great for cleaning and disinfecting your glasses along with your computer, tablet, and mobile screen. The wipes not only restores shine to glass surfaces but also remove bacteria, dust, dirt, and germs. Though it removes strain it is gentle enough not to scratch your screens or lenses.

Disinfecting your glasses is not complicated but is important for health. Just follow the simple steps mentioned above and protect yourself from COVID-19.

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