I’ve been wearing glasses of various shapes, colors, materials and styles (I use this term loosely) since 1989. Over the years, I’ve struggled to find a foolproof way to clean my lenses without subjecting the AR-coated surfaces to streaks or worse…scratches. Here are some attempted methods:
The ‘F-It’ method
Any shirt sleeve, inside out pants pocket, paper towel, bath towel or anything I could get my hands on was fair game. This ruined my first pair of 4-eyed geek wear.
The ‘Spray’ method
I’d carry around a little plastic pump but that was cumbersome and clumsy and still didn’t prevent my pair of metal-rimmed, spring-hinged basics from premature demise.
The ‘Microfiber’ method
My ophthalmologist swore by it. This was relatively effective, that is until the microfiber got invaded by a microscopic speck of debris. Poof, my favorite specs were scratched beyond repair. Happy trails, retro black plastics.
As I got older and put more of a premium into my facial accessories, I knew I needed a system of proper preservation. So after years of trial and eyewear, I invented my own efficacious method. Introducing:
The ‘Foam an Blow’ method
Here’s how it works:
1. Wet the lenses in cool water (dear god, not hot)
2. Pump one dollop of foam soap (opposed to lens-killing liquid, bar, bath or dish soap).
3. Gently apply…and quickly rinse (as to not allow the chemicals of the soap to seep in)
4. Like a high-pressure dryer at a drive-thru car wash, blow four times with fast, furious, breaths – once on each side of each lens. So far my Sally Jesse’s are holding strong.
Will people at work and at restaurants and various other public places look at you strangely as if you're some kind of human hand dryer? Yes they will. But you can look back at them through your clean, crystal clear glasses without worry. And isn’t that what matters most?