How many times have you had your eyeglasses damaged in one way or another? If you’re like most people, lots. We here at Vint & York have seen eyeglass damage that ranged from minor to major, but we have tips that can help. Our eyeglasses repair guide will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know to fix glasses on your own.
Here you’ll find the best ways to fix eyeglasses, whether you’re looking to. Repair scratched lenses, crooked frames or other eyeglass issues.
P.S. And if the situation is too dire to repair your glasses, below repairable, there’re you can always go for new glasses from Vint & York.
Eyeglasses can break or bend when you carry them without a case, lay them on the table or accidentally drop them. It’s inevitable that somewhere along the way they will get scratches or break down.
Everyone who wears eyeglasses knows how annoying it is to have scratches on the lenses. Scratched lenses are uncomfortable to wear, impair your vision, and, most importantly, can actually damage your eyes.
Spots on the lens can sometimes be just dust or smudge, but other times it can be an actual scratch on your eyeglass lens. Most quality lenses have an anti-scratch coating, but it’s inevitable that some scratches will appear.
TIP: Do not confuse scratches with cracks. A lot of people look for ways to fix cracked glasses, but there’s nothing you can do. The only way to fix cracked lenses is to replace them. You need to go to your optician and order a new pair of lenses.
Just because your eyeglasses have been mildly damaged, doesn’t mean that you have to discard them.
You can fix small scratches without having to go to the clinic. In fact, you can find most of the products that you need in your house.
If you are having trouble with scratches on eyeglasses, here are a few easy ways to fix them using household products.
We’ve rated the scratch-removing products with stars, by with how easy it is to use them and how accessible they are.
Five stars because you already have it in your bathroom.
Baking soda is as accessible as toothpaste and can do a wonderful job for you.
Four stars and let’s hope you’ve got it in your kitchen!
There are a variety of supermarket products that are designed to remove scratches from your eyeglasses. Never use any type of product on glass lenses unless there are specific instructions that tell you to do so. Most of these products have hydrofluoric acid that dissolves the coating and removes the scratches.
Three stars because you have to look for it in the supermarket.
Sometimes, eyeglasses can bend on their own, in a natural way, as a result of prolonged wearing.
The nose pads can also make your glasses sit too high or too low on your nose. The eyeglass arms can make the frames slide down of your face, or they can make your glasses feel too wide on your temples.
Besides the discomfort caused by tight or loose glasses, they’re also putting your eyes and health at risk.
Not having the proper position for your eyeglasses can lead to headaches and other unpleasant problems. You can read more about this here.
Fortunately, this is an easy fix that requires no risk of breaking them. The method for tightening eyeglasses is easy enough that you can do it at home.
Here’s how to tighten your glasses:
If the arms on your glasses are too tight or too loose, they will make the frame sit uncomfortably on your face. You can fix this by bending your glasses frames back into shape.
Here’s how to do it:
If your problem is the temple of the frames, you will have to apply pressure on them. Here are the steps:
You can sometimes track the problem of tight eyeglasses back to the screws holding the arms.
In time, these screws get loose from constant use. This causes the eyeglass arms to flap around. In this case, all you have to do is pick up an eyeglasses repair kit and use the small screwdriver to tighten them up.
Use an eyeglass kit screwdriver to tighten the screws on both sides of the frames, until the arms feel stiff when you close and open them.
Metal is a beautiful and reliable material for eyeglasses frames. At Vint & York, we created an entire collection metal eyewear collection based on this powerful material.
Titanium metal frames have graceful, thin lines. But they are also fragile looking glasses that need attention and care. The most common problem with metal eyewear frames is that they bend out of shape, causing problems to your eyesight.
Even a small bend in your metal frames can cause problems with your eyes because the focal point of the lens has moved.
Frames bend for a variety of reasons. They can bend when you drop them, sit on them or forget them in a bag and they get squeezed. A bent frame is not that big of an issue. If you don’t feel like paying a visit to the optician, you can fix it yourself.
To bend your eyeglass frames back into shape, you first perform a simple test. Place the glasses on the table or any other flat surface. The side that remains up and does not touch the surface is the one you should bend.
After establishing what side needs bending, you will need to break out the proper eyeglass repair tools. We recommend you use soft pliers that have their ends covered in plastic, or nylon jaw chain pliers.
1. Begin to apply pressure to straighten out the frames, but remember not to force them.
2. Work gently to ensure you don’t break your frames. Repairs are generally costly.
3. If the eyeglass arm is the problem, warm up the metal up a bit. Use hot air from a hair dryer. Never expose your eyeglass frames to open flame.
4. When eyeglasses are crooked, the nose piece is the problem. Apply pressure on the nosepiece.
If this situation occurs, the best course of action is to go to an optical shop. Metal frames can break at the hinges, frame front or the temple.
Repairing broken metal eyeglass frames requires special welding that molds the metal back into shape. This is a job that is best done only by experts.
Besides your obvious lack of eyeglass frame welding tools, the process needs to be extremely precise. If metal frames are welded incorrectly, the lenses might not fit back into the frame.
Plastic eyeglasses frames tend to have a higher risk of breaking than other types of frames..
At Vint & York, we make plastic frames from high-quality acetate that is as reliable as it is gorgeous. Yet, even the best frames can suffer unfortunate accidents, and that’s when you need to be prepared.
Fixing plastic eyeglasses requires a different approach due to the hard, inelastic material.
Plastic frames break more often than metal ones, causing a lot of inconveniences.
Depending on the eyeglass manufacturer, the plastic can be of good quality or of a poor one. Even with the highest-quality plastic frames, disaster can still strike. It’s best if you know what to do.
The most common breaking point for plastic eyeglasses is the bridge. Breaks can also happen at the arms or the temples.
Here are some tips on how to solve the problem of broken plastic eyeglass frames, rated by how easy they are.
Five stars means the process is very easy, and one star means the process will give you plenty of work.
Yes, the old friend who can fix nearly everything. Super glue is accessible, efficient and cheap. To fix your plastic frames with superglue, follow some basic steps that will ensure complete success of your crafty work.
Here’s how to do it:
These same principles apply to whatever part of the eyeglasses that needs gluing, whether it be the arms or the nose bridge.
Five stars because nothing beats superglue.
Another efficient way to fix your plastic frames is by sewing them together. This option is usually used when the bridge is the broken part of the frame.
Here is how you can sew your frames together in eight simple steps.
Two stars because you have to be quite the handyman/woman.
Another way to repair those broken specs is by using two needles to put the two pieces back together.
This option is more discreet than sewing your glasses. The break will be harder to notice. It’s the best choice when you broke your glasses in half.
Here are the steps:
Four stars because it’s easy and it must be interesting puzzlin’ up your frames.
Sometimes, small pieces of your glasses, like nose pads, hinges or screws, can end up lost or damaged.
Your frame cannot function properly without these small yet important pieces, so it’s best to have a repair kit around for emergencies.
One of the most common and annoying eyeglasses problems is the loss of a hinge screw. After regular use, the hinges might break down, or the screw might get loose and fall on its own.
If this occurs, there are several ways to solve your problem without having to go to the opticians.
The best and easiest way to replace a lost screw is by using the replacement screws found in an eyeglasses repair kit.
Eyeglass repair kits are highly affordable, and you can find them in supermarkets, drug stores and online.
A standard eyeglasses repair kit contains:
The tools included in the eyeglass repair kit allows you to do a lot of repairs to your frames, whether they’re sunglasses or eyeglasses.
Here are three ways to replace a lost screw:
Like hinges screws, nose pads can be lost or need regular replacement to avoid the unpleasant feeling of metal on skin.
Nose pads are held together by small screws, usually like the ones from the temple hinges.
If the nose pad is damaged you can use the screwdriver from the eyeglasses repair kit to remove it. Simply unscrew the screw holding the nose pad in place and remove the pad entirely.
Most repair kits come with two or three extra pairs of nose pads. If you don’t own any extra nose pads you can pick them up at any optical shop.
Rimless eyeglasses are even more likely to break because they are more fragile. Unlike regular eyeglasses, rimless frames have little hard material to protect them.
Most rimless glasses hold their lenses with monofilament line, a thin wire that is also used for fishing. Sometimes this line breaks, or the lens just falls out of it.
It’s a tricky task to put it back in, so here are some tips on how to do it.
For a variety of reasons, you will want to change the thread in your rimless frames at some point in time. You need a standard fishing line, a pair of scissors and some patience.
Here’s how to replace the thread in your rimless eyeglasses:
Start by inserting the fishing line through the small holes that the eyeglasses have near the bridge.
Once you have the thread locked in, it’s time to put in the lens. Insert the lens into the frame, placing the fishing line into the built-in groove.
Tighten the fishing line so that it holds the lens perfectly, and then trim off any remainder.
Never try to force your lenses back into your rimless eyeglass frames. You will most likely fail and end up damaging the lens or the frame. The best way to go about it is to cut the wire altogether and replace it with a new one.
Use the same process you would as if you were replacing the wire. Lenses fall out of rimless frames because the wire is not tight enough, or pressure was applied to it. To avoid glasses lenses popping out, tighten the wire on a regular basis.
Here are some recommendations on how to keep your eyeglasses frames in good condition:
If you have tried to fix your eyeglasses frames on your own but didn’t have much luck, it’s time to consider a specialist.
Most optical stores have a lab where they can fix frames, replace screws or nose pads, and perform other eyeglass fixes as needed.
If you need to fix your glasses in NYC, you can also drop by the Vint & York brick-and-mortar store in No-Lita. We’ll be happy to help!
If however, your eyeglasses are beyond saving, maybe it’s time to invest in a new pair.