Armour Etch wins hands down! If you’re like me and decided to go ahead and have anti-reflective coating put on your new eyeglasses at an extra charge, of course, then you probably know what Armour Etch is. If you don’t, keep reading because you’ll want to know!
First of all, let me just say that steam is an enemy of AR coating, so if you happen to be an Italian chef cooking pasta everyday - then sooner or later you’re going to need Armour Etch! If you wear your glasses in the bathroom and take them off right before you step into the shower (and who doesn’t?!) and the bathroom becomes all steamy - then you’re going to need Armour Etch! If things get steamy in the bedroom and you’re wearing your glasses, I don’t think it really matters - but take them off anyway! (Okay, the last one was a joke, but hey, who knows?!!!)
Seriously, if you have AR coating, you will eventually end up wondering whether your eyesight is failing, you’re developing cataracts, or worse yet, going blind! I was starting to live life in a foggy haze when I realized that the fog was on my glasses! I took them back to where I bought them and, lo and behold, I was a couple of weeks past the warranty! “Sorry we can’t do anything about them now.” the girl behind the counter told me.
What could I do?! As I was going out the door, one of the girls working there asked me, “How are you cleaning your glasses?”
“With soap and water,” I replied.
“Oh you shouldn’t have used soap, that’s the problem.” she scolded me.
“You mean to tell me, I can’t use mild handsoap to clean my glasses?!”
“No, but would you like to purchase a cleaning kit that we have,” she wanted to know. (Like I needed something to clean the fog!)
Before leaving another girl said that maybe one of their competitors could have the AR coating taken off for around $25-$30. (Not true, I went to several places and they had no solution for me either. Well that’s not entirely true, they did tell me I could purchase a new pair of glasses!) I went home and started searching on the internet to see if anyone else was having the same problem. What I found out surprised me! It seems most people who have AR coating, have or will have, sooner or later, and later is the operative word, the same problem as me! Like after your warranty is up!
The way I see it, the eyeglass companies are offering this wonderful product (according to their description, you’ll be able to see much better, you won’t be bothered with glare from the sun, or headlights from other cars at night, and blah, blah, blah…), when in reality they know that a year later that coating is going to start peeling off and your only option is to buy a new pair! How convenient for them! Now instead of people buying new eyeglasses every two to four years, people will have to get new ones every year or two! Does anyone smell a rat?!
People had all types of solutions on the internet and I tried a lot of them, such as toothpaste, hairspray, furniture polish, etc. I mean afterall, what have you got to lose when you can no longer see through your glasses!? Nothing worked until I tried Armour Etch. Everyone was raving about how they were amazed by the results and were so thankful for the hint, I ran out and bought a bottle!
Armour Etch runs about $10 at any arts & crafts store. I put a nice coat on both sides of my lenses* with a Q-Tip and let them sit for 5 minutes and then rinsed them off with (yes!) mild soap and water! Amazing! I had a brand new pair of eyeglasses! It’s been about a week and I’m still amazed at how wonderful they are and how well I can see once again!
*Now a very important point I need to make is, Armour Etch works only on plastic lenses, if you have real glass lenses, do not use Armour Etch! It will ruin your eyeglasses! With older lenses you may need to repeat the process several times before it works. Why that is, I don’t know….perhaps the lenses were made differently. So if you have relatively new plastic lenses and you want to take off the AR coating, then Armour Etch works like a charm!
Maya Muses: Sometimes it’s not so bad seeing Life through hazy lenses which distorts our so-called reality, but personally, I’d rather pick and choose those times!
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