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Anyone have teflon coated eyeglasses? How do you keep them clean?
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Feb 29, 2012 19:50:37   #
When I needed eyeglasses a few years ago, I was talked into the teflon coated lenses. I like the looks of them but to keep them clean is a pain. I got a special cloth to wipe them but they just smear. Anyone have the same issue?
Feb 29, 2012 19:57:38   #
Not a clue, a friend works in an optometrists office. I will email her for suggestions. My first thought would be simple soap and water, I assume it would be the safest.
Feb 29, 2012 20:02:01   #
Yes, I found two ways to clean them but no way to keep them clean in the first place.
First I use the spray that is sold at the eye glass place, spray both sides of the lenses, rub it around with my fingers then dry with a paper towel.
Or, wet the lenses under warm running water, squirt with dish wahing liquid, rub around with fingers, rinse, and dry with paper towels.
Never again! When the little grands even look at my glasses they seem to get finger printed.
Feb 29, 2012 20:07:02   #
If I only would have known how messy they get. I have a rather oily complexion and boy are they a mess. They just smear and don't really get clean. I'll try the running water and soap. Thanx.
Feb 29, 2012 20:22:23   #
jbandsma (a regular here)
gramm27 wrote:
When I needed eyeglasses a few years ago, I was talked into the teflon coated lenses. I like the looks of them but to keep them clean is a pain. I got a special cloth to wipe them but they just smear. Anyone have the same issue?

Yes. But I was never told the coating was teflon...just that it was a 'scratch resistant' coating. Can't clean them with anything. They just smear. Need new ones and the first person who recommends scratch resistance is going to hear a few choice words.
Feb 29, 2012 20:46:51   #
I have had coated glasses and no more!! the coating comes off and they never look clean or shiny.
Feb 29, 2012 20:51:30   #
when they told me they were scratch resistant I thought hey that would be nice. They told me they were teflon coated and I thought that was another good thing. No one told me how impossible it is to deal with the smearing. I'll know better next time. And they weren't the cheapest of eyeglasses. I also got the magnetic sunglasses that match the color of the frames etc. I had them two weeks and they broke. I asked about getting them replaced and they told me they would cost something like another $100. Needless to say, I passed on that.
Mar 1, 2012 01:25:47   #
Dreamweaver (a regular here)
I used to get the coatings on my glasses. The last 2 pair have been the Crystalens.... The treatments are inside the glass and so you never get any of that oil slick looking coating I was told, with the coated ones to be very carefujl with hairspray......
Mar 1, 2012 06:54:46   #
I have coated glasses too. Yes they do get dirty/smeary more quickly than uncoated ones, but what you clean them with affects the coating and makes them even more difficult to keep clean, so do be careful. NO washing up soap/liquid the chemicals and salts will ruin the coating making them blurry in the worst cases. You should only really be using the special cleaning fluid/and cloth supplied by the opticians and only if it is for coated lenses. Some glasses cleaners are not suitable for these type of lenses. Failing having these products just use warm water and a cloth, keep at it till the build up of grease is gone. We pay a lot for our glasses and the right care of them will see them last us well. After all, we wouldn't knit with an expensive yarn and disregard the washing instructions and expect the item to still look good so why do we not follow the instructions for keeping our glasses clean and do something that can wreck them? Have to say this is written from experience. My glasses are treated with the utmost care now I can tell you :-)
Mar 1, 2012 07:54:23   #
I have had these coated lenses for years (just don't want to risk scratching them). I just wash with soapy water when I wash my face. Never had a problem.
Mar 1, 2012 08:06:49   #
I have the coating on my glasses too! My eye Dr told me to simply use Dawn liquid dish detergent and water and wipe only with soft cloth. They come out great! Do not use paper towels or any type of paper cloth on them to clean or dry - ask me how I know!
Mar 1, 2012 09:28:31   #
Buy some 91% Rubbing Alcohol at the Drugstore and clean with that. It works very well.
Using soap and water will always keep a film on the glasses.
Mar 1, 2012 09:31:32   #
I didn't realize that hairspray might effect them. Thanks for the tips.
Mar 1, 2012 09:39:55   #
My Dr suggested Dawn as it is a grease cutter; he also said the Dawn will also protect the coating. Dawn does not leave a film; it removes it though. I did use paper-iike towelettes specifically bought at Lens Crafters for cleaning lenses along with the liquid in a pump bottle. The towelettes had a paper fiber base and made hundreds of tiny surface scratches on my lenses after regular use of those stupid things! I won't buy those things again- cost me $200 for new lenses because of them! My Dr wants me to only use fabric cloths - stupid me for not thinking about the paper pulp base.
Mar 1, 2012 09:55:17   #
Thanks Cherf. I will use the Dawn liquid. I didn't even think of using that but yes it is a grease cutter so. I'll get a pump bottle for it. I too have a fabric that I keep in my purse.
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