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I don't need glasses all the time, but as I'm getting older I do find it harder read fine print. I like to carry reading glasses so that I don't get stuck when I'm out and about, but I don't want to always carry a bulky glasses case. I like to try and find reading glasses that are compact and can easily be carried in the pocket and are pretty hardy so they don't get too scratched up. This blog is all about affordable options for pocket reading glasses to keep you able to read all those tiny fonts and prints.

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The Five Don'ts of Cleaning Your Glasses

by Peetu Huotari

Almost everybody with glasses has wiped them on their tee-shirt and wondered why they're so blurry afterward. Cleaning your glasses shouldn't be hard, but sometimes, it can seem really challenging. Wondering what you need to change about your approach? If you want to see clearly, here are the definite don'ts of spectacle cleaning:

1. Don't use harsh chemicals.

If you're frustrated with streaky lenses, it may seem sensible to reach for the window cleaner, but you should resist. These cleaners have chemicals that can strip the glare-reduction and other coating from your lenses. Instead, use the special eye glasses cleaner provided by your optometrist, or just use a couple drops of gentle dishwashing soap.

2. Avoid lotions.

Of course, no one would put lotion on their glasses -- It's obviously going to create a smeary mess. However, you also have to be careful to avoid products with lotion in them. Don't use tissues that have lotion in them, and check your dishwashing liquid to ensure it doesn't have lotion added to soften hands. Note, however, if you accidentally get lotion on your lenses, regular, non-moisturising dishwashing liquid is the ideal solution to cut through that greasy mess.

3. Don't use scratchy materials including dusty t-shirts.

Ideally, if you are going to use tissues or toilet paper to wipe your glasses, you only want to use it if it's super soft and multiple ply. Cheap paper towels, toilet paper and tissues will likely only scratch your glasses. Similarly, you shouldn't use your t-shirt either. If you've been wearing it all day, it's likely to have dust on it, and as you rub your glasses, the dust can grind into your lenses, potentially scratching them.

4. Stay away from unnatural materials.

The other reason your t-shirt often fails to get your spectacles clean is because it may not be made of natural fibers. Synthetic materials such as polyester, fake, silk, rayon, spandex and many others aren't as absorbent as cotton. As a result, water just beads up on these materials making them fast drying but worthless in terms of drying something else. Even a relatively small amount of synthetic fibers can make your shirt (which is likely dusty anyway) less absorbent than you need for drying glasses. To avoid these issues, use a 100 percent soft cotton towel.

5. Don't use cold water.

Finally, when cleaning your glasses, don't use cold water. Just as hot water tends to be more effective when washing clothes, bathing and washing dishes, it's also more effective at cleaning your glasses. The warmth helps to break down oily fingerprints as well as any other dirt or oils on the lenses.

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