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So I have been wearing my progressives for a few months now....I'm mostly used to them, great for shooting irons but have to take them off when using scopes....not really too much of a bother...wondering what dove season will be like though....

These lenses seem to attract every spec of dirt possible. I find myself cleaning them several times a day...and no I don't have eyebrow dandruff....; )

When wiping them with various lens cloths, they just seem to smear. I used the cleaning solution as well....nothing really gets these things clean. Not really hampering my vision but its really annoying. Some folks have told me it is because I have the anti-glare option.

Any tips from those who wear specs? What do you use to clean yours?
 

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Isopropyl alcohol mixed with water, I use a ratio of somewhere about 1/3rd to 1/4 alcohol to water in a spray bottle and use it for all things home involved ... granite countertops, mirrors, kitchen, batch and yes even eye glasses. I buy a lot of 70% from the dollar store but will buy and use 90% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning my reloading equipment from CVS, Walgreens or whomever else may carry it. I also buy microfiber cloths in the packages from Sam's, they and the alcohol is all I use to clean my eye glasses with and have for a few years.

Oh yea, bet it took some getting use to with the progressives and walking up or down stairs, didn't it?! I cannot wear them while climbing a tree stand at all, will take them off while climbing up or down the stand and will put them on whenever I'm settled in the stand ... after wearing progressives for almost fifteen years they still give the woolies with trying to climb anything with stairs.
 

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Isopropyl alcohol mixed with water, I use a ratio of somewhere about 1/3rd to 1/4 alcohol to water in a spray bottle and use it for all things home involved ... granite countertops, mirrors, kitchen, batch and yes even eye glasses. I buy a lot of 70% from the dollar store but will buy and use 90% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning my reloading equipment from CVS, Walgreens or whomever else may carry it. I also buy microfiber cloths in the packages from Sam's, they and the alcohol is all I use to clean my eye glasses with and have for a few years.

Oh yea, bet it took some getting use to with the progressives and walking up or down stairs, didn't it?! I cannot wear them while climbing a tree stand at all, will take them off while climbing up or down the stand and will put them on whenever I'm settled in the stand ... after wearing progressives for almost fifteen years they still give the woolies with trying to climb anything with stairs.
Thanks Stevie I will give that a shot.....I have the micro fiber cloths already.

Yes it was fun getting used to them.....everything at first looked like it was bending/melting...the dashboard looked like I was on LSD.....a few times I thought I was going to puke on my laptop at work....stairs? Heck I had trouble stepping on and off the front porch and that is only one step.....

Thanks for the tip
 

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Dish soap and a cotton rag. Get a little spray/travel bottle. Keep in the car/office.
 

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"Diluted baby wash" like plain Johnson's "Head to Toe Baby Wash." You can use the generic brands, too.

I use one ounce baby wash to four ounces of water in a spray bottle.

Rinse glasses under running water, spray on baby wash solution, gently rub lenses between finger tips, rinse and dry.

Alcohol, even diluted, will erode the lens coating over time.

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If you have a local WallyWorld, see if they have a Vision Center. They sell an eyeglass cleaning solution (Vision Center No Glare) in both 2 and 8 fluid ounces. Doesn't contain alcohol and is safe for use on all coatings. It works extremely well removing all dust, grease and crud that accumulates on lenses. The 8oz bottle lasts about a year if you follow directions (one spray each side of lense) and wipe with microfiber cloth. IIRC, 2oz is around $1.50 and 8oz is around $4(?). Not sure as I bought one 2oz (travel and field use) and two 8oz (one for home and one to refill 2oz) so they last quite a while. BTW, my 2oz is marked "Free Refills", but it's an older bottle I've had for years so that might have stopped. Works better that alcohol mixes, Windex types and anything else I've tried and doesn't irritate the eyes like alcohol does.
Try the 2oz bottle and see how it works.
 

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If you used the lens cleaning wipe without using a solution first. You just put fine scratches on your lens.
Shooting , you will get gun powder on your lens. You need something to clean the powder off. I use safety glasses and I still get powder on them. I can clean my glasses and then clean out the cat litter box, and my glasses look like I went thru a sand storm. I got them fine scratches on my lens, they really show up when driving at night and you can see the spider wed effect.
Best thing is to get more glasses. if your only bifold, check out that company HH recommended.
 

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If you used the lens cleaning wipe without using a solution first. You just put fine scratches on your lens.
Shooting , you will get gun powder on your lens. You need something to clean the powder off. I use safety glasses and I still get powder on them. I can clean my glasses and then clean out the cat litter box, and my glasses look like I went thru a sand storm. I got them fine scratches on my lens, they really show up when driving at night and you can see the spider wed effect.
Best thing is to get more glasses. if your only bifold, check out that company HH recommended.
That was my fear actually....scratches. I don't notice anything when driving at night though.

Mine have two prescriptions.....pricey SOB's.....
 

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This always worked for me. Over a period of time, the glasses would still pick up scratches. Fortunately, for me, my eyesight has improved to the point where I don't need glasses. I never thought I'd see the day.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) I'll soon be able to throw away my glasses as it seems I'll be needing cataract surgery before the year is over. Only problem is I HATE surgery!!!! Hope they knock me out!!! Told I'll need reading glasses, but having to wear glasses for over 60 years I'm not sure I can adjust. Old habit of reaching for them as soon as I wake up is deeply engrained. Be nice to try. :)
 

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Micro fiber auto polishing cloths work great and don't leave any scratches. Can be used with or without any solution but when I use a solution, it is the stuff from Wallyworld. When they get dirty, just wash them out by hand with a mild dish soap, triple rinse, and air dry. Normally, you get two at a time.
 

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Dish soap works fine, but I recommend you wash under running water. Most plastic lenses have a very thin hardcoat on them that is like glass, so they will resist scratching unless you put a lot of pressure on the dust particles by pressing on the surface as you clean.

With running water and a little soap on your finger you can apply just barely enough pressure that the dust is loosened, and then the running water will flush it away.

Usually, I just tap my glasses against my palm (so the edge hits my palm) to knock off the big drops, and the small drops will dry on their own without using a cloth or towel to dry them.

As to cleaning solution, I keep a large bottle of vodka in my office for just such a reason. Vodka is basically alcohol and water. On more than one occasion, at a restaurant when I go to read the menu and realize my glasses are filthy, I ask the waitress to bring me a paper napkin wetted with a few drops of vodka from the bar. It works great.
 

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I have had good results with the Walmart Vision Center eyeglass cleaning solution. I run clean water across both side of the lens prior to cleaning to float off any of the debris that might scratch the lens. I, then, use the cleaning solution and a clean lens cloth. Sometimes you can find the solution in a bottle that comes with a lifetime free refill and spend the savings on ammo. I do not think that it would be ethical to will the bottle to your descendants.
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Isopropyl alcohol mixed with water, I use a ratio of somewhere about 1/3rd to 1/4 alcohol to water in a spray bottle and use it for all things home involved ... granite countertops, mirrors, kitchen, batch and yes even eye glasses. I buy a lot of 70% from the dollar store but will buy and use 90% isopropyl alcohol for cleaning my reloading equipment from CVS, Walgreens or whomever else may carry it. I also buy microfiber cloths in the packages from Sam's, they and the alcohol is all I use to clean my eye glasses with and have for a few years.

Oh yea, bet it took some getting use to with the progressives and walking up or down stairs, didn't it?! I cannot wear them while climbing a tree stand at all, will take them off while climbing up or down the stand and will put them on whenever I'm settled in the stand ... after wearing progressives for almost fifteen years they still give the woolies with trying to climb anything with stairs.
Same as Stevie Ray. Isopropyl and I use distilled water. That and the micro-fiber cloths will cut through the worst grime,oil,sweat etc. Just make sure there is no grit that will gouge the lenses Dust off lightly or run under water before cleaning. I have worn progressives since they came out and will not go back to just bi-focals. I do not remember any problems adjusting to them. I wore them to work in an oil refinery and the unit I operated,(delayed coking unit), has lots of stairs that I use to climb daily (retired now). My two pair also have the anti-scratch/glare coating which I find starts to deteriorate after about 1-1/2 years. Hope this helps. -Lloyd BEERCHUG1
 

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I wear progressives too Ordie and it WAS wierd getting used to them. But, I didn't like them for computer use. I had another pair of normal lens glasses made just for that, longer focal length than reading glasses. they're a lot easier on the eyes for long periods of computing. Incidentially, I'm wearing them right now.
 

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Sounds a bit disgusting, but no one has brought it up yet. Whenever you wipe your lenses clean with an appropriate cloth, the greasy, sticky stuff and skin oil get deposited between the lenses and the glasses frame. If you don't clean this area, your glasses will never quite come clean....it will constantly ooze out, especially when hot outside.
Cleaning method will depend on the lens/frame attachment. For wire frames, I pop the lenses out and clean the channel and nose pieces with an old toothbrush and dish soap/warm water. The perimeter of the lens can be cleaned with whatever cleaner you normally use.

Also, wet cleaning the lens with a cleaning wipe is great. When you wipe them clean with a dry cotton cloth, you may be inducing a small static charge into the glass or plastic material....dust magnet.
 
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