Tips on cleaning optical glass for long life

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040

    RedTomato

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    Hiya,

    Thought I would post here as you guys have experience with high quality optical glass.

    I wear expensive glasses (300-500 dollars just for the lenses) with good quality lenses - without them I'm almost legally blind. I depend on the clarity of my eyesight for all my work, and can detect any dust on my glasses.

    I have to clean my glasses almost every couple of hours, as in this hot dusty city it only takes a few minutes for dust to start landing on my glasses.

    I've already completely ruined one pair of glasses by cleaning them on my shirt / tissue paper - they're now covered in a haze of microscratches, so I need cleaning tips for my future glasses.

    I currently use some 6x4 squares of cleaning fabric my optician gave me for free, but I have no idea of the 'expert' way to use it, how many days I can use one for, etc.

    What are your tips?

    A $1000 dollar cleaning solution would be too much, (but tell me about it if one exists). I could probably go for spending $100 -200 per year on keeping my glasses spotless.

    I also have a bottle of iKlear style laptop LCD cleaning wipes and spray, but am a bit dubious about using them on my valuable glasses.

    It's not just dust I have deal with, also things like flecks of paint, greasy fingerprints from my baby daughter etc.

    Thanks for any advice
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I think that cleaning cloth is the best solution. I even use them to lightly wipe my camera lenses sometimes if they're dusty.
     
  3. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

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    How many times do you use them before chucking them? Just the once?
     
  4. Oryan macrumors 6502a

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    My eye doctor recommends using a generic lens cleaner / water mixture and a fine lens cloth. I haven't had any problems with it.
     
  5. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    When I bought my last pair of glasses, the optician sold me something called California Clear, which is specifically made for cleaning eyeglasses. I don't know if it would be available over in the UK, though. I squirt a little of this on each lens, then wipe the glasses with a very soft cloth -- works great! I also have from time to time used the wonderful RadTech lensavrz cloths that I use on my camera lenses as well as my iMac and laptop monitor screens.
     
  6. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks Clixplix - I had a look at the RadTech Lensavrz site

    http://www.radtech.us/Products/LensavRz.aspx

    I might order some of these or whatever they have here in the UK. I didn't know they were washable - that's good to know.

    Soz to repeat myself, but do you guys wash / discard your cloths after every time you use them?

    I'm thinking about the muck on the cloth from the first time causing microscratches the second time you use it.

    I clean my glasses every few hours compared to only cleaning my LCD screen and camera lens maybe once or twice a month, so the potentional for small scratches building up is much higher with my glasses. (That's how I ruined my first pair of expensive glasses :(
     
  7. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

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    The thought of liquids getting near my lenses makes me all queasy.

    I just use a generic eye glass lens cleaner.
     

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