This isn’t easy. I’ve worn glasses since I was seven except for the few years my astigmatism took a break and for another few years when it was happily masked by contact lenses. I soon needed readers in order to work so, one way or another, spectacles have been a glassy outcrop on my face for most of my life and taking them for granted has been the habit of a lifetime.
A few weeks ago I decided my sight was fading. I’d put my glasses on and there was a mist I had to frown to by-pass. I made an appointment with the optometrist to have my prescription checked. My vision, she calculated, had improved. My readers and the glasses I use when I’m not wearing contacts were disgusting. Not only dirty, even though I’d given them a good clean on my sleeve, but scratched to the point of insanity. She assumed that smile that psychiatrists wear when they say ‘ no, murder isn’t normal’.My eyes were in remarkably good order considering, but she couldn’t stress enough the need for proper maintenance. I pass on her advice in case you’re wondering about your own sight.
Don’t clean your glasses on your sleeve. Don’t use kitchen towel or undampened tissue. Dont use household cleaner. Don’t run them under a hot tap. Don’t touch the lens with your fingers. Don’t lay your glasses lens down on a hard surface. Don’t dump your glasses in your bag with your phone and keys. Don’t leave them in direct sunlight, so not on the dashboard. Don’t wear them on top of your head. Just about everything scratches them so if they’re not on your face they should be in their case. You clean them using a circular motion with the microfibre cloth and special lens cleaner they should have come with or you can breathe on them and clean them with a slightly moistened cotton cloth, always provided you can a) find them and b) see the dirt.