Essential Tips for Proper Lens Care in Nigeria

Are you looking for easy and effective ways to keep your glasses and contact lenses clean and clear? If you are, then you are not alone. Many Nigerians wear eyewear for various reasons, such as correcting vision problems, protecting their eyes from the sun, or enhancing their appearance. But wearing eyewear also comes with some challenges, such as dirt, dust, fingerprints, and smudges that can affect your vision quality and comfort.

Fortunately, there are some simple and affordable solutions that you can use to clean your eyewear at home or on the go. In this article, we will share with you some tips and tricks on how to clean your glasses and contact lenses using common household items or products that you can easily find in Nigeria.


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How to Clean Your Glasses

Glasses are made of glass or plastic lenses that are mounted on a frame. The lenses are usually coated with special materials to prevent scratches, glare, or UV rays. However, these coatings can also make the lenses more vulnerable to damage from chemicals or abrasion. Therefore, you need to be careful when cleaning your glasses and avoid using harsh substances or rough cloths that can ruin the coatings or scratch the lenses.

Here are some steps that you can follow to clean your glasses effectively:

1. Remove as much dust and dirt as possible from the lenses with a blower or a soft-bristled brush. You can use a blower like the one shown below, which is designed to remove dust from camera lenses. Alternatively, you can use a clean makeup brush or a paintbrush that has fine bristles. Do not use your fingers or a cloth to wipe the lenses, as this can cause scratches or smears.

2. Rinse your glasses under running water or with lukewarm water. This will help to wash away any remaining dust or dirt particles that can scratch the lenses. Do not use hot water, as this can damage the coatings or warp the frame. Also, avoid using salt water or chlorinated water, as these can corrode the metal parts of the frame or leave stains on the lenses.

3. Spray a lens cleaning solution onto a lens tissue or a microfiber cloth. You can use a commercial lens cleaning solution that is specially formulated for eyewear, such as Aqualens Spectacle Lens Cleaner, which is available in Nigeria. Or you can make your solution by mixing one part of white vinegar with three parts of distilled water in a spray bottle. Do not use alcohol, ammonia, or window cleaner, as these can strip off the coatings or leave residues on the lenses.

4. Gently wipe the lenses with the tissue or cloth in a circular motion from the center outward. Do not rub too hard or too fast, as this can create static electricity that attracts more dust. Also, do not use paper towels, tissues, or napkins, as these can leave lint or fibers on the lenses.

5. Dry the lenses with a clean and dry microfiber cloth or let them air dry. Do not use a hair dryer or a fan, as these can blow dust or dirt onto the lenses. Also, do not use your shirt or any other fabric that is not lint-free, as these can scratch the lenses or leave streaks.

6. Clean the frame and the nose pads with a cotton swab dipped in lens cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol. This will help to remove any oil, sweat, makeup, or bacteria that can accumulate on these parts and cause skin irritation or infection. Do not use water to clean the frame or the nose pads, as this can rust the metal parts or loosen the screws.

7. Store your glasses in a hard case when not in use. This will protect them from dust, dirt, scratches, or breakage. Do not leave your glasses in direct sunlight, high temperatures, or humid environments, as these can damage the lenses or the frame.


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How to Clean Your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are thin discs of plastic that are worn directly on the surface of the eye to correct vision problems or change eye color. Unlike glasses, contact lenses require more care and hygiene to prevent eye infections or complications. You need to follow the instructions of your eye doctor and your contact lens manufacturer on how to clean and store your contact lenses properly.

Here are some general steps that you can follow to clean your contact lenses effectively:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your contact lenses. This will help to prevent transferring any germs or dirt from your hands to your eyes or your contact lenses. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel or a paper towel.

2. Remove one contact lens from your eye and place it on your palm. Do not touch the tip of the contact lens with your fingers, as this can damage the lens or introduce bacteria. Use your index finger to slide the lens down to the lower part of your eye and then gently pinch it off with your thumb and index finger.


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3. Rinse the contact lens with a contact lens solution. You can use a multipurpose solution that cleans, disinfects, rinses, and stores your contact lenses, such as Opti-Free PureMoist, which is available in Nigeria. Or you can use a hydrogen peroxide-based solution that provides deeper cleaning and disinfection, such as Clear Care Plus, which is also available in Nigeria. Do not use water, saliva, or any other liquid to rinse your contact lenses, as these can contain harmful microorganisms or impurities that can cause eye infections or damage the lenses.

4. Rub the contact lens gently with your fingers in a circular motion for a few seconds. This will help to remove any deposits or debris that are stuck on the surface of the lens. Do not use your fingernails or any sharp object to rub the lens, as this can tear or scratch the lens.

5. Rinse the contact lens again with the contact lens solution to wash away any loosened dirt or residue.

6. Place the contact lens in a clean contact lens case and fill it with a fresh contact lens solution. Do not reuse or top off the old solution, as this can reduce its effectiveness and increase the risk of contamination. Also, do not mix different types of solutions, as this can cause chemical reactions that can damage the lenses or harm your eyes.

7. Repeat steps 2 to 6 for the other contact lens.

8. Close the contact lens case tightly and store it in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Do not store your contact lenses in extreme temperatures or humid environments, as these can affect the quality of the solution or the lenses.

9. Replace your contact lens case every one to three months or as recommended by your eye doctor or your contact lens manufacturer. This will help to prevent bacterial growth or biofilm formation that can compromise the cleanliness and safety of your contact lenses.


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Conclusion

Cleaning your eyewear is an important part of maintaining your vision quality and comfort. By following these easy and effective tips, you can keep your glasses and contact lenses clean and clear without spending too much time or money. Remember to always consult your eye doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your eyewear or your eye health.

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