Scratches on your glasses can be very annoying, regardless of whether you need opticals to see a few feet in front of you or you just wear shades while driving. That’s because even a small scratch can obstruct your view if it’s right in front of your eyes. Plus, scratches can damage the layers on sunglasses, reducing their effectiveness at blocking out UV rays.
The lenses of most glasses are made from plastic, rather than actual glass. That’s because plastic is lighter and more shatter-resistant. The lenses also have coatings to enhance their performance. Eyeglasses might have anti-glare coatings, while sunglasses will have UV coatings and in some cases, polarization coatings. That’s why it’s so important to be careful when cleaning glasses — you don’t want to damage these important layers. Here’s what you can do to remove small scratches on your lenses.
How To Remove Scratches
First, you always want to start by removing excess dust and dirt with a microfiber cloth. It’s best to first rinse off the glasses with warm water before wiping them with the microfiber cloth; you want to avoid spreading the dirt around. We’ve all done the t-shirt wipe in a pinch, but it’s always best to stick to a microfiber cloth if you have one handy. That’s because even the softest-feeling cotton tees have a texture that’s too coarse for glasses. You run the risk of scratching your lenses when you use your shirt.
An easy solution for removing small scratches is to mix a paste of baking soda and water.
- First, form a paste using a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and enough water that it forms a thick paste.
- Gently rub the solution onto your lenses using a clean microfiber cloth.
- Finally, rinse it all off and wipe dry with another clean microfiber cloth.
How to Prevent Scratches
By far the best way to protect your glasses from scratches is to prevent them from happening in the first place. And the best way to do that is also the most obvious: keep them in a case and use a microfiber cloth to regularly clean them.
Of course, your glasses probably came with a case and cloth. But it can be worth having a few different case-and-cloth sets that you keep in different places — one set in your desk or work locker and another set in your car or commuter backpack, for example. Plus, having different kinds of cases can suit different situations. A hardshell case can be good for stashing in your backpack while you travel, while a thinner soft case can be good for everyday, on-the-go use.
These are some of the best glasses cases and accessories for preventing and removing scratches.
1. A New Day Sunglasses Case
This option from Target’s house brand A New Day features a collapsible design — the triangular shape makes it sturdy when glasses are inside, but it can be easily folded and stashed away when you’re wearing the glasses.
Target A New Day Sunglasses Case
2. Coach Sunglass Case
Maybe you’ll be more likely to use your glasses case if it has a more eyecatching design. This case from Coach comes in bright yellow and has an adjustable drawcord for easier carrying. It’s made from sophisticated pebble leather.
Coach Sunglasses Case
3. MAKR Suede Eyewear Sleeve
This case comes from MAKR, a small design studio focusing on leather accessories. The case is made in the USA from premium suede and leather, and it comes in a variety of colors. It’s a good option if you want a slim case for everyday use, rather than a bulkier hard clamshell case.
MAKR Sunglasses Case
4. Graf Lantz Eyeglasses Sleeve
Wool might seme like a scratchy material for sunglasses, but this case is made from soft merino wool. Graf Lantz’s USA-made sleeve comes in a ton of colors, and it has a handy pull tab for carrying it around or clipping it to your bag.
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Graf Lantz Sunglasses Case
5. Optix 55 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
You don’t need anything fancy for microfiber cloths. But it is a good idea to stock up. Microfiber cloths should be washed in the washing machine regularly so you’re not spreading grime around from your last cleaning session, which is why it’s best to have some spares while the others are in the wash. Another great reason to stock up is that microfiber cloths are ridiculously easy to lose. These cloths come in a pack of 12, and you can choose between purple or gray
Optix 55 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 12 Pack
6. Zeiss Anti Fog Wipes
Glasses fogging up was a problem before the pandemic, but it was exacerbated by the need to wear face masks. Wearing face masks that fit properly on your nose is the best way to prevent fogging (as well as the transmission of the virus). But for extra help, the Zeiss Anti-Fog wipes help keep your glasses clear. The 30 individually packaged wipes help prevent your glasses from fogging up. While that doesn’t directly help with scratches, keeping your glasses from fogging up make it less likely that you’ll reach for your t-shirt to wipe your glasses.
Zeiss Anti Fog Wipes
7. Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
For our final item, we had to include a box of baking soda. While you likely already have one of these at home (likely in your fridge to prevent bad smells), it’s always good to stock up on more! As stated above, if you find you have some scratches and aren’t ready to get a new pair, give this box of baking soda a try.