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How To Get Oil Off Your Glasses Without Damaging Your Lenses

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Whether it's food oil or skin oil, getting grease on your glasses can be a real nuisance. Unfortunately, just wiping the lenses often isn't enough, as it just pushes the oil around. When it comes to breaking down and removing oil from your glasses, it's important to do it right or you might permanently damage your lenses. Follow these steps if you're tired of blurry patches in your vision due to oil on your lenses.

What You'll Need

In order to safely clean your glasses, you're going to need a few tools. Visit your optometrist or the vision section of your local grocery store and pick up a lens cleaning solution for glasses. This usually comes in a spray form that can be spritzed onto your glasses. Then, buy at least two soft, lint-free microfiber cloths intended for use on glasses.


To clean your lenses, you'll need to wash the oil off of them. To do this, give your glasses a quick rinse under cool water in order to remove any debris or dust. Don't rub the lenses, just let the water flow over them.

Once you're done, give your glasses a little shake to remove the excess water. Again, don't rub the lenses or pat them dry.

Now, use your lens cleaning solution. Spritz a little onto each side of your lenses. Depending on the consistency, it may simply drip off of your glasses. In this case, do one side of the lenses first, then turn your glasses over and repeat this and the following steps.

Once your lenses are damp with the solution, use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the lenses. You want to use the lightest pressure possible, as heavy pressure can scratch lenses or remove their anti-scratch coating.

Before doing the second lens, flip over your microfiber cloth. The oil will transfer to the cloth, and you don't want to rub more oil onto the second lens.


Once you've sprayed and wiped your glasses, you're ready to rinse them off. Run them under cool water again to remove the remaining spray.

Once rinsed, use your second microfiber cloth and gently wipe your lenses once more. This will remove the excess moisture and any remaining residue from the oil. At this point, your lenses should be crystal clear.


An excess of oil on your lenses and repeated cleanings can eventually cause anti-scratch, UV, or blue light coatings to break down, so it's a good idea to try and avoid getting oil on your glasses. Make sure to always wipe your hands before touching your glasses after eating, and avoid touching your face and then moving your glasses, as you may transfer skin oils.

Keeping your glasses clean is essential to maintaining your clear vision. If your glasses still seem out of focus after removing the oil, visit an eye doctor to get your prescription checked and updated.