News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim

1 October 2015

Lens Cleaner for Non-Glare Coating

My early autumn weather is lovely. So much to enjoy in mild, golden days. And if you wear eyeglasses, you want optimum viewing to enjoy autumn to the max.

But when your eyeglass lens are not clean, you can’t see through them well. And anyway smeary, dusty eyeglass lenses are not chic.

But you do need the right cleaner if you have non-glare coating on your eyeglass lenses. The wrong cleaner can damage the coating.

Fortunately before I applied a cleaner to my eyeglass lenses I checked to make sure that the brand I was using would not damage my non-glare coating.

The root of the problem was that the first time I enquired about cleaner for my eyeglasses (at the time I picked them up from the eye center) the technician told me to use “a drop of dish detergent and then rinse with warm water — or use the lens cleaner we sell.” She did not make clear that the cleaner sold at the center was non-alcohol necessary for lens with non-glare coating.

The problem was complicated by the fact that apparently the law does not require an ingredient list of lens cleaner products. So you can’t determine whether many brands contain alcohol or not. Though I am guessing that if the product does not say suitable for non-glare lens, it probably contains alcohol and therefore is not suitable.

The technician did add that the Zeiss products, both the towelettes and the liquid to be sprayed were safe for non-glare lens. The center sells the Zeiss towelettes, but the brand of liquid spray on cleaner was Shield Platinum No-Glare Lens Cleaner made by the Hilco company. The Shield liquid seems to work as well as my Zeiss towelettes — which work very well.

The much-recommended dish detergent and warm water system of lens cleaning had its disadvantages during our drought, especially in winter. When we were being careful not to waste a drop of water, letting the faucet run until the water warmed always meant running the cold water into a container so the water could later be reused. A commercial lens cleaner was more time and energy efficient.

And besides I seemed to smear more haze on my lens with the dish detergent than I clean off. Maybe my biodegradable dish detergent isn’t right for lens cleaning.

be chic, stay slimAnne Barone