Home → VA Prosthetics → VA Handbook 1173.12 - Prescription Optics and Low-Vision Devices → Appendix A - Care of Your Eyeglasses
1. Cleaning Your Lenses
a. Never wipe your plastic lenses when they are dry.
b. Never wipe your polycarbonate lenses when they are dry.
c. Rinse your lenses off under running water.
d. Use liquid dish soap or glass cleaner (with ammonia).
e. Wash the lenses to clean off dirt and grease.
f. When they are clean, wipe them with tissue or a lint-free cloth.
2. Screws. Keep the screws on your glasses' frame tight.
a. If the screws become loose, you could lose a lens from your glasses.
b. Have someone where you had your eyeglasses adjusted tighten the screws or purchase an eyeglass screwdriver set and tighten the screws regularly yourself.
3. Removing Glasses. Always use two hands to take your glasses off your face. Using one hand twists the frame and the lenses could pop out. Keep your glasses in your case when you are not using them.
4. "Photogray" Lenses. If you received "Photogray" lenses, they need to be primed before use.
a. Priming the lenses helps them to darken as fast as possible.
b. Put the glasses in their case. Then put the glasses and case in the freezer of your refrigerator for 30 minutes.
c. To prime lenses:
(1) Use extreme cold temperature;
(2) Set the glasses with front side facing up in bright sunlight; or
(3) Leave them in the sun for about 1 hour. The bright sun light can also prime the lenses.
5. If your lenses become chipped, they should be replaced.