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Wednesday Wisdom – Protect Yourself

The coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire throughout the US and other parts of the world. We cannot depend on the government to do everything for us. We must protect ourselves. In my last post, I told you about disinfecting your phone every day to prevent the spread of germs. Remember to first wash your hands, then disinfect your phone (according to manufacturer’s guidelines), then wash your hands again.

Today, I want to issue a warning. Keep your hands away from your face. Germs enter through your eyes, nose and mouth, so you want to protect those areas as much as possible.

As you can see, the model is wearing eyeglasses. Those need to be disinfected daily as well to prevent the spread of diseases. Since many type 2 diabetics wear glasses, I thought I would give you some tips for cleaning your eyeglasses and keeping them clean. So, here’s what you do:

All About Vision has some recommendations that are good for you to follow whether there is coronavirus or not.

  • Wash your hands well with lotion-free soap and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Rinse your glasses under a gentle stream of lukewarm tap water.
  • Apply a small drop of lotion-free dishwashing liquid to each lens. Most soaps are concentrated so use only a small amount. Make sure it’s lotion-free.
  • Gently rub both sides of the lenses and the frame. Make sure you clean the nose pads, the ends of the temples that rest behind your ears, and the area where the edge of the lenses meets the frame.
  • Rinse both sides of the lenses and the frame thoroughly, then shake gently to eliminate extra water.
  • Dry carefully with a clean, lint-free towel. All About Vision advises you do not use paper towel, napkins or toilet paper as these can scratch the lenses. For touch-up cleaning you may use individually packaged, pre-moistened disposable lens cleaning wipes. These are formulated specifically for use on eyeglass lenses. When not in use, store your glasses in a clean case.

Some dont’s

  • Don’t wipe your glasses with your shirttail. I have seen people do that.
  • Don’t use saliva to clean your glasses. I think I’ve seen this one too.
  • DON’T use household glass or surface cleaners to clean your eyeglasses.

There you have it. Another tip to help you protect yourself and stay safe.

At a time like this when there is so much confusion circulating about what you should or should not do, you may need someone to help you get through this trying time. If you would like such help, please reach out to me via the form below. There is no charge. This is a time when we need to help each other as best we can. God bless you and stay safe!

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