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I often wash my eyeglasses with hand soap, but I'm

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I often wash my eyeglasses with hand soap, but I'm wondering, if I somehow didn't rinse all of the soap off fully, would that cause soap vapor to waft up from the eyeglasses and irritate my eyes? Same thing goes for germs; I wonder if germs from eyeglasses can go airborne and into one's eyes.
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That is a very good question.

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Fortunately, there is no significant risk of germs on your eyeglasses moving into your eyes. This is especially true in a normal, healthy eyeball.

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Concerning vapors from soap wafting up and irritating your eyes, I guess it would be possible for your eyes to be irritated by the soap if you were highly allergic to that particular soap. If this were true, however, I would expect you to have a significant allergic reaction the soap everywhere it touches your body.

Customer:

OK

Dr. Rick :

Also, soap has a very low vapor point so I do not think there is much in the way of "fumes" that come off of it.......

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So, to answer your question directly, I very much doubt that these two issues would be the source of any eye irritation you might be experiencing.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Does natural-based dish detergent also have a low vapor point too? (as far as vapors and stuff getting into the eyes?) What if a small amount of natural dish detergent or laundry detergent is in your hair.

The vapor point of dish detergent and laundry detergent is low enough so that vapors will not get into your eyes from any residue that may be on your glasses or in your hair.
I do, however, agree with your decision to use natural-based agents.
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