How to Clean Progressive Lenses


Progressive eyeglasses offer three different focal areas within each lens. The top portion of a progressive lens enhances objects at a distance; the center area focuses on medium range objects; and the lower area of the lens allows for reading and other up-close related tasks. Properly cleaning your progressive lenses will help ensure maximum viewing clarity and longevity. Bad cleaning habits may reduce the life of the lenses, as well as dramatically affect the viewing quality. (Ref. 1, 2)

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Non-abrasive mild hand soap or lens cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Run a stream of warm water from a suitable faucet. (Ref. 2)

  • Wet both sides of the lenses to loosen any dirt or debris present. Hold the eyeglasses by the frame and avoid touching the lenses at this point. (Ref. 2)

  • Spray a liberal amount of lens cleaner on both sides of the lenses, or apply a small amount of hand soap to both sides. Be sure to read the cleaning instructions when using specialty lens cleaners; certain lens cleaners may not require water rinsing before application. (Ref. 2)

  • Rub both sides of the lenses carefully, using your thumb and forefinger and an extra microfiber cloth, if available. (Ref. 2)

  • Rinse both sides of the lenses thoroughly. Skip this step when using lens cleaners that do not require water rinsing. (Ref. 2)

  • Dry the lenses using a microfiber cloth. Extend the frames and set the glasses on a clean surface for additional drying. (Ref. 2)


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