Anyone who wears glasses knows the irritation factor of smudged or dusty lenses, let alone scratches!
A small scratch might not be particularly noticeable when you have your glasses on. Larger or multiple scratches can be distracting though, and may even obscure your vision.
Can you get scratches out of your lenses? Unfortunately, the short answer is no. So before you take to your glasses with the hem of your t-shirt or a tissue, there are a few things you need to be aware of!
Originally, lenses were made from glass, which made dealing with small scratches a little bit easier. It’s where the home remedy suggestions like toothpaste or a paste of baking soda and water originate. Small scratches could be effectively buffed smooth again by using either substance.
However, modern lenses are made from highly sophisticated plastics, which are lighter and more durable for everyday wear. There is less risk of them cracking or shattering, so they’re safer for your eyes. The trade-off is that they can be susceptible to scratching – and once they are scratched, there’s not much you can do about it.
Plastics attract dust, lint and other particles. These can all cause scratching if you try to rub them off your lenses using the wrong products.
A towel or your t-shirt can leave a deposit of lint on the lenses. Tissues and toilet paper will leave small fibres. If you have fingerprints or other greasy marks on the lenses, and use any of these things to try and polish them, you risk more scratches. The only time you can use a tissue on lenses is when they are wet (although you will need to avoid tissues with added aloe vera – these might be great for a sore nose, but result in smeary lenses!).
Household products like Windex are a no go. Windex is designed to clean glass, not plastic, and the chemicals in it and similar products can strip away scratch-resistant coatings on the lenses, leaving them even more vulnerable.
The real key to dealing with scratches on your glasses is to try and prevent them happening in the first place. Here’s how:
The odd small scratch here and there may well be tolerable. However, significant scratches can be really irritating! If you are noticing scratches on your lenses, it’s probably time to buy a new pair of sunglasses or glasses.Share on