How to Fix Cloudy Anti-Reflective Glasses

by Chelsea Anderson

Anti-reflective lenses produce less glare, both for the wearer and people looking at the wearer. They are useful in a variety of situations, including driving late at night. Unfortunately, they become dirty and cloudy rather easily, and require special care to avoid rubbing off the anti-reflective coating. Keeping your glasses clean is easy so long as you take care not to rub them the wrong way.

Items you will need

  • Glasses cleaning spray
  • Microfiber cloth
Step 1

Spritz the inside of each lens with the cleaning spray.

Step 2

Wipe from side to side with the cleaning cloth, then up and down, taking care to wipe particularly streaky or cloudy areas and the part of the lens nearest the nose. After cleaning, the lenses should be dry.

Step 3

Spray the other side of each lens with the cleaning spray.

Step 4

Wipe the other side of the lenses, again taking special care to wipe down any parts that are streaked or cloudy. Wipe only up and down and from side to side, and avoid rubbing in circles.


  • Use water instead of lens cleaner if your glasses are only slightly cloudy. Look for a lens cleaner that specifically states it is safe for use on anti-reflective lenses. Some harsher sprays may damage the coating.


  • Only clean your lenses when they are wet, with either glasses cleaner or water. Dry cloth can scratch your lenses. Never use paper products like tissue or paper towel to clean your lenses, as the surface is more abrasive than cloth.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Chelsea Anderson is a professional writer who has attended university at the Delaware College of Art and Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has self-published a comic and a 'zine, both of which are included in the Joan Flasch Artist's Book Collection.