Do It Yourself Eyeglasses Repair

Posted on: 15 July 2015

Eyeglasses are essential for many people to function on a daily basis. If your glasses are broken, scratched, or missing screws, you may be severely impaired. Even if you can still see, it is more than likely that trying to see without your glasses causes eye distress and is very annoying.  Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can fix two common problems with your glasses yourself.

1. Bridge Repair. One of the most common types of damage that occurs to eyeglasses is when the bridge snaps. You have probably seen people with tape around the bridge of their glasses. This can look tacky and be very uncomfortable. There are other alternatives to fixing the bridge.

a. Heat and Pin. For eyeglasses frames that are plastic, you might be able to use a pin to fix the bridge of the glasses. This is done by putting each side of the bridge over boiling water until it is soft and starting to melt. A small pin can then be placed into each side of the bridge and pushed together. Once this cools, the bridge should hold pretty securely.

b. Super Glue. Using the method of super glue to fix the bridge of the eyeglasses can be very effective if it is done correctly. It is important to first sand the rough edges of the broken bridge so that they can be glued more effectively. Place the glue on the bridge and put the two ends together. Wipe off the excess glue with a small cloth or cotton swab. Use a rubber band to hold the bridge together while the glue cures.

2. Scratch Repair. One of the easiest ways to fix small scratches on the lenses of eyeglasses is to use toothpaste or baking soda. You can use a cotton cloth or swab to apply toothpaste or a baking soda paste to the lens. Gently buff the lens and then rinse. Repeat this process until the scratches are gone. There are also other products that can be purchased to help remove scratches. A glass etching compound can remove a layer of a plastic lens and remove the scratch.

These are just a few of the ways that commons issues with glasses can be fixed. They should at least be able to help you on a temporary basis until you can get new glasses or get them professionally repaired. Contact a local eyeglasses shop, like Savers Optical Ltd., with any questions.

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