“ Cleaning wipes for all lenses: glasses, cameras, motorcycle helmuts etc. „
I have worn glasses since I was 11, and every year since my eyes have gotten slightly worse - last time my optician told me my eyes were "minus twenty five out of a hundred" - which is worrying, to say the least. However, with glasses, I see perfectly normally, but I can't really take them off else everything is a blur.
A few years ago I traded in my pretty average, cat-eye shaped wire-rimmed glasses for some thick Woody Allen type ones, as I found them quite attractive, plus they were on offer at the optician's at the time. What I hadn't factored in was that bigger glasses have bigger lenses - pretty obvious I suppose, if you have bigger lenses you can see more, but they also become a total chore to clean, picking up all sorts of dirt.
Dust, pollen, fingerprints, smears from handcream or food, flecks of who-knows-what from people just anxious to try on my new glasses - going about my life was suddenly like trying to make my way through a dust-storm. Of course, the obvious solution was to clean them. The little silk rag they often put in glasses cases just wasn't cutting it, so I bought myself these: IBA 039 Optical Lens Wipes.
IBA 039 Optical Lens Wipes come in a thin cardboard box pictured above, with little sachets of alcoholic wipes inside. I bought my box from Home Bargains for 40p, but I have seen them between £1.50 and £1.99 in other stores for a pack of 24. I don't think the RRP is fabulous value, but 40p certainly seems great.
The first thing noticable about these wipes is the smell - of alcohol, not like beer fumes but more like an industrial, clinical smell. The wipes are wet (as is the inside of the sachet) and the alcohol evaporates quite quickly, within a few minutes in my experience, leaving behind a parched crinkled wipe very much like a crepe. These wipes remind me of those KFC hand wipes - but they are not recommended for use on skin (e.g. to replace a hand gel) and it's a good idea to wash your hands after using them. I have noticed they do dry-out my fingertips a little bit and leave a residual smell of alcohol.
The cleaning action of these wipes is good on cutting through grease (from fingerprints, emollients) but it's terrible at picking up little bits of dust. I think it's a good idea, if you're going to use these wipes, to use a Swiffer-like duster first, and then to use these wipes, as more often than not these wipes simply move dirt around instead of picking it up and removing it.
I was less than impressed with the cleaning action of these wipes - it can take 10 minutes to clean my admittedly large lenses, by which time the wipe is completely dried-out, my fingers are pink and numb, and my glasses aren't really that much cleaner. The grease and fingerprints left as the wipe dries out get smeared around and the result is like looking through frosted glass or a light fog - it simply isn't good enough for a pair of glasses you have to look through 24/7. Safe to say it doesn't remove dust or other bits of dirt either.
Personally, I've found the best way to clean my glasses is to just run them under the shower when necessary - and then rub generously with a nice clean towel. My friend also washes hers with Fairy Liquid in the sink, but I have a UV filter on my glasses and I wouldn't want to compromise it with detergent.
Though I gave up the ghost on using them on my glasses, I still use these wipes on TV, tablet and computer screens. I like to go over the screen first with a Swiffer, then with a wipe, and then very quickly with another cloth to avoid streaks. This does bring up my screens lovely and bright.
IBA 039 Optical Lens Wipes aren't a total regretful purchase, but there are better ways to clean your glasses in my opinion. However, for such a small investment they might be just what the optician ordered if you have small-lensed glasses.
Up until recently my computer screen seemed to forever be covered in dust. For the main part I didn't notice, especially if I had a brightly coloured application open but the other day my mum decided she'd use my laptop to browse the net and she was disgusted with the state of my screen! 'How could I see through all that grime?!' After a bit of a telling off she handed me some wipes that she'd bought from Wilkinson's that were suitable for cleaning computer screens amongst other things.
The wipes in question are the Optical Lens Wipes manufactured by iba. They come in a small cardboard box on which there is a picture of a lady wearing glasses. However it is clear from the packaging that this is not the only use for these wipes and that they can be used for cleaning tv/computer screens, car windows, camera lenses, helmet visors, cd lenses and many more everyday items.
The front claims that the wipes have a unique formula that doesn't smear nor cause the lens to fog up. I've tried other wipes for cleaning my glasses and found them to leave smears on my lenses so I was interested to see if they would live up to their claim. But first things first - I had to clean my computer screen!
The wipes are packaged in individual sachets and the sachets come as pairs. You can separate these by tearing along the perforations. Each sachet has a little nick on the top, which you can tear down to, take out the wipe. The fact that they are in sachets is really handy so that these can be carried around in your bag for cleaning glasses or stored compactly in the car glove box. I usually struggle with things like opening sachets and carrier bags(!) (the tomato ketchup ones you get in restaurants is a real pain!) but this was easy to open as it was partly paper based.
On opening the sachet I took a sniff at the wipe. It smelt quite chemically, probably the alcohol, with a hint of citrus. The wipe was folded inside and taking it out I noticed it was wet to the touch but not overly so. I then used it to wipe down my computer screen and the dust came away really easily to leave the screen shiny and streak free. It was also really good at removing the odd fingerprint that I had on my screen without requiring any extra effort. Once used the wipes can be thrown away in the bin.
The manufacturers recommend that the wipes should not be brought into contact with broken skin and those with sensitive skin should wear rubber gloves when using them. After use you should wash your hands.
I have since used the wipes to clean my glasses and cd lenses and they have been great in both cases. I am quite impressed with these. At a price of just £1.99 for a box of 24 they are excellent value and I will be repurchasing once I have finished the box. Recommended!
One of the worst things about wearing glasses is that in order to feel comfortable with your vision, you have to ensure the glass is clean and smear and dust free.
As anyone who wears glasses will know, this is easier said that done.
Iba Optical Lens wipes are excellent. They come in a nice neat little box with each wipe individually wrapped.
When taking the wipe out of the package the first thing that you notice is a very slight alcohol smell. Nothing too nasty, just quiet a clean smell. The wipes are made of a fine paper material which is soaked in the fast drying alcohol.
~~~ Using the wipes~~~
The wipe is folded in the package and when removed it is fine and kind of crinkly. Cleaning your glasses is really simple, you just wipe each lens and that's it!
When your glasses are really smeared, some vigorous cleaning may be required but these wipes still work really well, cleaning your glasses until the are completely clear.
They also work well on TV screens, computer screens, phone screens etc and the pack says that they can be used to clean camera lenses etc too.
~~~ My opinion ~~~
I love these wipes, they're amazing! They smell slightly of alcohol but apart from that I have no complaints. They're quick, efficient and work perfectly. I use one a day and that's it. I feel like my glasses seem to repel dust and smudges more when I use these wipes.
On here it says that it is £5.99 on amazon. However, mine cost me £1.99 for 24 from Lakeland. I would recommend getting them there!
If you have glasses which are coated with anti glare and find that they end up more smudged than usual, these wipes are definitely for you, it saves your from washing them in soap and water every day!
As far as lens cleaning products go, these are perfect. Cheap, inoffensive, efficient and clean.
I'm a big fan of these Optical Lens Wipes. I use them regularly, for any number of tasks. Obstensively, I bought them first when I wore glasses regularly. I tired very quickly of squinting to see past grease/dirt marks on my spectacles, so these wipes were a godsend. One quick cleaning each night before bed and my glasses were ready to use first thing in the morning.
These days I wear contact lenses more often than not. I still purchase and use these wipes - I have used them for cleaning camera lenses, my laptop screen, my television, and the mirrors on my car. I find them particularly useful in the car as those wipes that are designed for the job are too wet in my opinion, and leave a soapy wet residue on mirrors. These wipes clean smoothly and leave a streak-free result.
The one warning I would give is around camera lenses - I use these wipes for my camera infrequently and only in an emergency. I have found my camera's lens so sensitive that even these wipes can leave a mark that doesn't allow the camera to take clear photographs through. I have tried to combat this by using the wipe and then using a perfectly clean, dry cloth to buff off any residue. I would still rather use the wipes than not, however - there is nothing worse than accidentally touching your camera lens and having finger-grease on there, and using the dry cloth alone would not remove this!
Anyone who is a full time glasses wearer, like myself, will know just how annoying it is to get a smudge or unidentifiable mark on the lens of your glasses. My previous pair were really good for this, they tended not to smudge or streak when they were cleaned (usually on the bottom of my t shirt....ahem), but I got a new pair earlier this year which has the scratch resistant coating on and they seem to attract dust! This alone I could live with, but the major problem is that when I tried to clean them, I was left with big smears right across the lens which was even worse than the dust!
After trying a lot of different fabric to wipe them with, even using soapy water I stumbled across these Optical Lens wipes in my local B&M Bargains. Priced at just £1.49 for 16 wipes, I thought this was a small price to pay so that I could see!
Each wipes comes in it's own foil sachet and they have a handy slit in the top making them easy to open. The wipe is neatly folded and comes out of the packet easily. As they're alcohol based they do have a bit of a clinical smell but it's not unpleasant.
So, how did they work? Not bad at all! After wiping there was a wet residue but due to the alcohol this dried within seconds. There were no marks or smears left on the lens and I could see perfectly! The wipe stayed damp for a good few minutes before the alcohol evaporated, perfect if yo have a smudge that just won't shift!
They are suitable to be used on a wide range of different items, not just spectacles. These include camera lenses, pc/laptop screens and I've found they are great on my DS console screen!
All in all, I'm really happy with this product and will contine to buy it and enjoy a blur free life!
Everyone has one. It's inevitable. A dictat of nature. I am talking of that particular species of annoying relative who has a woefully misguided concept of what constitutes a sense of humour, a person whose height of comedic sophistication is to put salt in your tea, stick tacks on your chair, or in my case, lick his finger and smear it on my glasses.
I have been wearing specs since I was a child, and anyone who wears them knows that keeping your "windows on the world" oil, grime and dust free can be something of a pain in the proverbials, so the last thing you need is a jolly uncle with a fat spit laden finger homing in on your visual aid with gleeful abandon.
Thankfully, my glasses were spared the peril of further jocular salivation when I put three thousand miles of distance between myself and my uncle when I moved to London in 1991, but the age old problem of keeping them clean has since led to an obsessive quest to find the perfect cleaner.
This is a harder job than one would think. Lens cloths simply smear the existing dirt around without actually lifting it off. Household cleaners are usually too abrasive, too floral or leave a residue behind. Many specialist lens cleaning sprays and wipes promise much - but rarely deliver a streak free polish, so when my wife bought me a box of Iba Optical Lens Wipes from Wilkinson's, I perused the proffered packet with a mixture of cynicism, suspicion and a slight sense of hope.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
The small 5" x 3" flip top box contains twenty-four individually wrapped wipes packaged in sets of two with a perforation so you can separate them. They are suitable for all lens types, including camera and spectacles, and can also be used to wipe computer monitors and CD's. My packet was picked up at Wilkinson's for £1.44, which works out at exactly 12p per wipe.
The package promises that they are "non-smear" and have "a unique anti-fog formula" - claims I have read before but have not delivered with other products I have used. The box does have some cautionary warnings given the chemicals in the solution, but I have never had a problem myself (i.e. - wash hands after use, avoid contact with eyes, and do not re-use).
DO THEY WORK?
The sachets tear along the perforations quite neatly and are easy to get into as there is a helpful "nick" on each to get you on your way. Inside is a moist, folded rectangular wipe that opens out to a decent size - it doesn't have the strong acrid odour of alcohol I usually associate with products like this and actually smells quite pleasant. Having ensured that there was no grit on my lenses (to avoid scratches) I gave them a good old wipe and held them up to the light for a critical inspection.
Result? Not bad - but not perfect. All of the oily deposits were gone, and, as advertised, the glasses were smear free. However, the quick drying solution does leave streaks on the lenses, which I carefully and gently wiped away with a lens cloth (the type they give you for free at good opticians).
The wipe is robust, and stays moist for a good few minutes before the solution evaporates. Ever on the look out for extracting as much value as possible from my products, I used the same wipe on my PC's LCD screen, my Nintendo DS and my Blackberry as well - with pleasing results on each.
I had occasion to test its anti-fog qualities when my wife asked me to open the dishwasher to retrieve a fish slice shortly after it had finished its cycle. Anyone with specs knows what usually happens next. Although my glasses misted up almost instantly, they also de-misted quicker than usual - so while not a total success, it did provide an appreciable benefit.
I am very fussy about dirt on my glasses, which I find to be quite distracting - hence my determination to find a decent, portable solution that doesn't involve shirt tails, ties, dinner napkins and washing up liquid. Provided I have a lens cloth handy (which I invariably do) the Iba Optical Lens Wipe has proved to be the best available product for my needs. It's versatility, value for money and effectiveness make it a qualified winner.
© Hishyeness 2009