How to Oily Remove Film from Eye Glasses


Caroll asked: How can I get the film off my reading glasses?

Glasses are exposed to a variety of oils from our face, hair and hands. Over time, these oils can build up and cause a film over the surface of the glasses. Removing it is simple and takes only a few seconds.

You Will Need:

  • Glass lens cleaner or
  • Window cleaner
  • Soft, lint free cloth

Steps to Clean the Glasses:

  1. Spray a small amount of lens or window cleaner on each lens of the glasses. If your lenses have any coatings, refer to the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning solution.
  2. Use the soft cloth to gently wipe away any debris or oils from the surface using a clean, microfiber cloth.
  3. Repeat until the film is removed. If the film is stubborn, try cleaning with white vinegar instead.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Plastic lenses are much more susceptible to getting fine scratches on the surface. Over time, these tiny scratches begin to look like a film on the surface of the lenses. Unfortunately, once this damage is done it is not reversible. To avoid these minor scratches, use lens cleaners that are safe for plastic lenses and always use a soft cloth, such as a microfiber cloth. Even tissues or paper towels can leave fine marks on the surface that will result in a dull finish over time.
  • Make sure you clean or replace your cleaning cloths often or you may end up redistributing the oil back onto the lenses.

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