GETTING TECHNICAL ABOUT LENS CLEANING

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Lens cleaning is a science worthy of everyone’s appreciation and understanding.

Cleaning lenses. It’s something ECPs do every day and eyeglass wearers sometimes do, but the cleaning technology we use so casually and often even take for granted is anything but casually developed.


MICROFIBER CLOTHS

Have you ever really thought about what it is that is “micro” about microfiber cloths? The answer lies in the fact that a single strand of microfiber is finer than 1/100 of a human hair. Yet, when examined under a microscope, that single fiber is actually a combination of eight sections of polyester, wrapped around a core of nylon with space between the two materials. That material combination and the space it creates is why the cloth is so good at collecting dust, water, and oils.

Each individual fiber is a microscopic miracle of grime-grabbing power. Look to companies like OptiSource, Ron’s Optical, Hilco, and California Accessories for a wide range of colors and sizes. Ron’s Optical offers a few options for kits that include microfiber cloths and cleaning solution, and Hilco is a real go-to company for ECPs looking to personalize cleaning products. Consider adding your company name and logo on these cloths for store branding that can last for years.


LIQUID CLEANERS

Just like microfiber, the process of creating lens cleaner is no simple task. For example, OptiSource’s lens cleaner formula contains pure de-ionized water, a blend of specially formulated soaps, and isopropyl alcohol. The soap cleans dirt and oils, the water washes them away, and the alcohol dries the lens quickly and without streaks. Be sure to select a lens cleaning solution that is safe for all lenses since all are not safe on AR treatments.


GEL CLEANERS

California Accessories’ CalClear Gel Lens Cleaner formula suspends cleaning agents in a viscous gel. Safe for all types of lenses and coatings, the gel compound will not run when sprayed onto a lens and it begins cleaning immediately. As it’s wiped, the gel spreads across the lenses. It’s clever, convenient, and effective.


CARBON-BASED CLEANERS

Years ago, people discovered that newspapers were great for cleaning windows because newsprint is made up of 25% carbon. This chemical element is capable of absorbing many impurities, including the fingerprints left behind by the skin’s own oils. Peeps from LensPen takes that old-fashioned approach and applies it to a handy eyeglass lens cleaning tool.

Peeps is an all-in-one storage case, lens brush, lens cleaning tool, and carbon recharging station. Slide the cover off to expose a super-soft, pre-cleaning brush for sweeping away surface debris. On the other end is a lens cleaner. Just wipe the carbon-charged tips across a lens surface to clean it. You’ll be left with no smears, no smudges, and no annoying fingerprints.


Carbon also diminishes static on the lens surface, greatly reducing the attraction of airborne particles. The carbon is restored every time the tongs are returned to the storage case, making Peeps good for about 500 cleaning cycles. Peeps uses no chemicals, no fluids, and doesn’t require the use of any disposable tissues or paper wipes.

No matter how it’s done, a clean set of lenses makes the world sparkle. Be sure to help your patients choose the right cleaning materials for their needs and lifestyles.


John Seegers is a licensed optician at Ryan Vision Center in Henrico, VA, and the creator of opticianworks.com.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

California Accessories 800-523-5567 • calaccessories.com

Hilco 800-955-6544 • hilco.com

LensPen 877-608-0868 • lenspen.com

OptiSource International 800-678-4768 • 1-800-optisource.com

Ron’s Optical 800-247-7667 • ronsoptical.com

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