Cleaning and disinfecting your eyewear is more important than ever to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help protect your staff and patients in practice on a daily basis throughout these challenging times. Eyespace have put together the following frame cleaning procedures based on official current guidelines, material supplier’s research and in-house factory testing. We hope you find them useful; please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or need to seek further advice.
Clean your hands thoroughly with a pH neutral soap and lukewarm running water for 20 seconds. Always dry your hands with a dry disposable tissue. Put on a pair of disposable gloves and also preferably eye protection and face mask to prevent splash risk. Avoid touching your face throughout this process to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
CLEANING THE FRAME
In accordance with GIFO guidelines the best way of ‘cleaning’ a frame is to rinse it under a stream of lukewarm water using a gentle pH neutral liquid soap (such as washing-up liquid). Apply a few drops of the liquid soap to your hands and rub together to lather the soap. N.B. Do not use too much soap as this will reduce the effectiveness of eliminating the coronavirus. Next, gently but thoroughly massage onto the lenses, frame front, temples, bridge and nose pads being very careful not to miss any areas around the eye rims and inner temples. The time required to wash the frame is approx. 30 seconds. Rinse very thoroughly under running lukewarm water removing all traces of soap on both the frame and hands. Dry the frames carefully with a soft microfibre cleaning cloth which can be machine-washed at at least 60˚ and used again.
This is highly effective – the running water is important as the coronavirus has an outer phospholipid layer, the soap will help dislodge this phospholipid layer from the eyewear and the virus can more easily be rinsed away. This is the best form of ‘cleaning’ but it is NOT a method of ‘disinfection’.
DISINFECTING THE FRAME
Please choose ONE of the methods below:
Method 1: UVC (preferred method of full sterilization)
Place frame/s inside the UVC germicidal unit and switch on for the recommended time stated by your certified UVC optical machine provider e.g. Centrostyle – 5 mins recommended. This is important, our factories have conducted their own testing with UVC germicidal units but these are only in the parameters of suggested times stipulated by the individual optical UVC units manufacturers. UVC germicidal units are not suitable for Buffalo Horn and should not be used for prolonged periods of time on ALL other materials.
Remove your gloves, first one from the outside, second from the inside, turning them as you go. After suggested time period, remove frame/s and switch off the unit. Wash your hands under a stream of lukewarm water with a pH neutral soap for 20 seconds afterwards.
Method 2: Disposable Wipes (alternative method)
These can also be effective but are more prone to human error and using the same part of the wipe/repeatedly missing areas. Always use an antibacterial alcohol-free wipe (fragrance and colour free) and dispose of it quickly and safely. Clean lenses and frame parts very thoroughly, using more than one wipe if necessary. Again remove your gloves (first one from the outside, second from the inside) and finally wash your hands under a stream of lukewarm water with a pH neutral soap for 20 seconds.
• Do not use alcohol to disinfect your glasses. This can strip coatings off the lenses and printing off the inside temples and demo lens, which will make frame markings and sizes unidentifiable.
• Avoid using products with high concentrations of acid as they can damage the product (i.e. no Acetone). Do not use bleach.
• Do not use paper towels on eyewear as the surface of them can potentially scratch lenses.
• Do not use hot water as this can distort frames.
With regards to cases, the simplest and most effective solution is to quarantine them for the survival time of the virus, if they are needed sooner disinfection wipes as previously discussed may be used.
These cleaning/disinfection instructions are provided by Eyespace for use on all Eyespace products. They are in line with GIFO (Association of the Optical Industry and Manufacturer in France), the World Health Organisation and world-leading metal and acetate suppliers in Italy and Japan.
Please seek individual guidance from lens manufacturers with regards to cleaning special treatment ophthalmic lenses.