Annals of Vision, Part II

I wrote earlier about the problem I have distinguishing between shampoo and conditioner while in the shower without my glasses.

There’s another problem like this: lens cleaner fluid. I need to take off my glasses to spray lens cleaner fluid on them. If I don’t orient the lens cleaner fluid bottle properly, I will spray lens clean fluid into my eyes rather than onto my glasses. However without my glasses on it’s difficult to tell which way the spout is pointing.

There must be a simple solution to this. It makes me wonder, though, if the people who make lens cleaner fluid bottles ever try and clean their glasses.

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Andrew on May 19, 2002 - 21:17

Just look at the bottle with your glasses and remember what way the spout is pointing. Same goes with Shampoo, put them in different spots.

You could also try getting a big marker with a colour you can see ok with out your classes on. Mark a line pointing to the spry spout, and marking the contents of the bottles in the shower. You might also want to invest in one of them dispensers you hang in the shower and it holds soaps, shampoos and so forth. Very handy!

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Andrew on May 19, 2002 - 21:39

Just look at the bottle with your glasses and remember what way the spout is pointing. Same goes with Shampoo, put them in different spots.

You could also try getting a big marker with a colour you can see ok with out your classes on. Mark a line pointing to the spry spout, and marking the contents of the bottles in the shower. You might also want to invest in one of them dispensers you hang in the shower and it holds soaps, shampoos and so forth. Very handy!

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Allan Rankin on May 19, 2002 - 23:00

Peter, this is just one of those unwanted minor disabilities that accompanies getting longer in the tooth. It is also a small concession to seeing clearly. I take my glasses of to spray them with lens cleaner, and it is Russian roulette with the nozzle. I usually end up spraying the dog, who is not amused at all!

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Craig Willlson on May 19, 2002 - 23:18

I share Allan’s problem — and my dogs are of German heritage and weigh over 90 pounds. Makes for some interesting mornings.

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a fellow myopic on May 20, 2002 - 16:54

Why not just spray the cleaner onto a cloth, and then wipe the lenses?

Oliver's picture
Oliver on May 20, 2002 - 17:53

I’ve never heard of a lens cleaner that comes in a spray can. Mine comes in a small squeeze bottle like the use for eye drops. The only liability is that when you remove your glasses to drip in some soothing eye drops you’ll douse them with methanol instead. I guess the effect is the same as misdirecting the spray can. Brilliant how they engineer this stuff. But once you’re finally blinded by the cleaner you’ll find your heightened tactile senses enable you to distingusih shampoo from conditioner and to orient a spray can with ease.

Ann's picture
Ann on May 21, 2002 - 12:14

One of the best discoveries I ever made was that dish soap is a far more effective glasses cleaner than anything else. Just squirt a blob on each lens and rinse under warm water. You can do this with your eyes closed, even, because the whole experience is tactile rather than visual. And dish soap is cheap.

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