The Best & Worst Ways To Fix Your Broken Glasses – Repair Guide

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How many times have you had your eyeglasses damaged in one way or another? This eyeglasses repair guide will teach you all the tips and tricks you need to know to fix glasses on your own.  

Find out the best ways to fix eyeglasses. Get rid of scratched lenses, crooked frames and fix your broken eyeglasses in minutes!

P.S. And if the situation is below repairable, there’re always new glasses

1. How to Fix Glasses Lenses Scratches?

Eyeglasses can break or bend when you carry them without a holster, lay them on the table or accidentally drop them. It’s inevitable that somewhere along the road they will get scratches or break down.

Everyone who wears eyeglasses knows how annoying it is to have scratches on the lenses. They impair your vision, are uncomfortable and most importantly, scratches damage your eyes.

Sometimes, spots on the lens can be just dust or smudge, but other times you can have small scratches. Most quality lenses have an anti-scratch coating, but it’s inevitable that some scratches will appear.

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TIP: Do not confuse scratches with cracks. A lot of people look for ways to fix cracked glasses but if your lens has cracked there’s no way around it.  You will have to go to your optician and order a new pair of lenses.

Just because the 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.

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Here is how you do it:

  1. Use a microfiber to remove the first layer of dust. Clean the glasses well.
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  3. Apply eyeglasses cleaner and continue wiping the lenses to remove smudge.
  4. Do this for both sides of the lenses until they are sparkly clean
  5. Once you finish with the cleaning process it’s time for the scratch removal part. There are three types of products that you can use as scratch removals – two of them household and a special, supermarket one. Check them out!

We’ve rated them with stars, by with how easy it is to use them and how accessible they are.

Toothpaste

  1. Believe it or not, toothpaste is effective in removing scratches.
  2. how to remove eyeglasses scratches with toothpaste

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Here’s how to use toothpaste for removing scratches:

  1. Apply non-abrasive toothpaste on the lenses, particularly in the places where you spot a scratch. The use of a cotton cloth or wool one to buff away the scratches.
  2. Rub the lenses firmly, in small circles for about 30 seconds.
  3. Rinse the frame and lenses with cold water and dry them out. The scratching should be gone and your glasses are now clean.
  4. Depending on the size of the scratch, you may have to repeat the process.
  5. If your lenses have anti-scratching coating it will last longer until you get to the actual scratch. Rub it off with patience and in a correct manner and the pesky scratch will go away.

Five stars because you already have it in your bathroom.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is as accessible as toothpaste and can do a wonderful job for you.

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Here’s how to use baking soda:

  1. All you need is just one or two tablespoons of baking soda which you have to mix with water.
  2. Make it in a small cup and stir the mixture slowly until you form a thick paste.
  3. Apply the paste onto the lenses and use the same process as with toothpaste.
  4. Don’t forget to rinse them in cold water and dry them.

Four stars and let’s hope you’ve got it in your kitchen!

Scratch Removal Products

There is a variety of supermarket products that are designed to remove scratchings. Never use these types of products on glass lenses unless there are specific instructions that tell you to do so. Most of them have hydrofluoric acid that dissolves the coating and removes the scratches.

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Here’s how to use scratch removal products:

  1. Apply the cream to the lenses and let it sit for five to ten minutes. After that, rinse the frame with cold water and dry them.
  2. You can also use car wax or glass polish. While it will not make the scratches go away, these products will fill them up temporarily.
  3. Rub the wax/polish onto the lenses, for a couple of minutes. It should feel like you are polishing the lens.
  4. Wipe it off with a thin cloth without using water.
  5. Repeat the process weekly to preserve a clear eyesight.

Three stars because you have to look for it in the supermarket.

2. How to Tighten Glasses?

Sometimes, eyeglasses can bend on their own, in a natural way, as a result of prolonged wearing.

The nose pads can make them sit too high or too low on your nose, the arms can make them slide down of your face or they can make them feel too wide on your temples.

Besides the discomfort caused by tight or loose glasses, you put 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 and can you can do it at home.

Here’s how to tighten your glasses:

Bend the Nose Pads

  1. If the eyeglasses sit too high on your face, you have to loosen the nose pads.
  2. Here’s how to do it:
  3. Hold the frame with a hand, and with your thumb, slowly push out one of the nose pads.
  4. Once you have pushed it enough, try them on, as a comparison.
  5. Do the same thing for opposite pad by switching hands. Play with the pads and try them on until you feel completely comfortable with them.
  6. If the frames are sitting too low on your nose, the process is the exact reversal.
  7. Bend the Arms

If the arms are too tight or too loose, they will make the frame sit uncomfortably on your face, and you will have to bend them into shape.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Expose the frame to hot steam, or run it in hot water from the faucet  to make the material more malleable.
  2. Depending on the problem, bend the arms in a curve make them tight or bend them upwards to relax the curve.

Bend the temples

If your problem is the temple of the frames, you will have to apply pressure on them. Here are the steps:

  1. Secure the frames and hold them firmly with one hand.
  2. With the other  hand, push the temples inwards or outwards, depending on the issue.
  3. Repeat the process for the opposite side and try them on until they feel natural on your face.

Tighten the screws

You can track the problem of tight eyeglasses back to the screws holding the arms.

In time, these screws get loose from constant usage and let the arms 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.

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Do this for both sides of the frames, until the arms feel stiff when you close and open them.

3. How to Fix Metal Glasses?

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.

How to fix bent metal glasses?

Titanium metal frames have beautiful, thin lines. But they are 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.

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Even a small bending can cause problems to your eyes because the focal point of the lens is moved.

Frames bend in a variety of ways – when you drop them, sit on them, forget them in a bag and they get squeezed. A bent frame is not that big of an issue and if you don’t feel like paying a visit to the optician, you can fix it yourself.

To bend them back in shape, you have to perform a simple test. Place the glasses on the table or any flat surface for that matter. 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 have to break out the tools. We recommend that you use soft pliers that have their end covered in plastic or nylon jaw chain pliers.

1. Begin to apply pressure to straighten them out, but remember not to force them.

2. Work gently and avoid breaking them because the repairs are costly.

3. If the arm is the problem, warm the metal up a bit. Use hot air from a hair dryer. Never expose them to open fire.

4. When eyeglasses are crooked, the nose piece is the problem. Apply pressure on the nosepiece.

How to fix a broken metal frame?

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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.

This requires special welding that molds the metal back into shape and should only be done by experts.

Besides your obvious lack of welding tools, the process is delicate because if it’s done wrong, the lenses might not fit back into the frame.

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4. How to Fix Plastic Eyeglasses?

Plastic eyeglasses frames  tend to have a higher breaking risk.

At Vint & York, we make plastic frames from a high-quality acetate that is reliable and beautiful. Yet, even the best frames can suffer unfortunate accidents, and that’s when you need to be prepared.

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How to fix bent plastic frames?

Fixing plastic eyeglasses requires a different approach due to the hard, inelastic material.

Here are some tips:

  1. To straighten plastic eyeglasses you apply the same basic principles as with metal frames.  Unlike metal frames, where heat is optional, plastic glasses need heat to alter their shape.
  2. One of the best ways to heat them is exposure to hot steam. After you heat them hot steam, dry them up and bend them by hand.
  3. Broken plastic eyeglasses
  4. Do not use any source of fire, such as the stove, because you risk permanent damage. Overheating them can cause melting or plain decoloration.
  5. Professionals use sandboxes where the eyeglasses are then heated in the sand and bent into place.
  6. If you have the time to go into an opticians store, this is the way they will fix the frames for you. Most opticians won’t even charge you for this.

How to fix broken plastic frames?

Plastic frames break more often than metal ones, causing a lot of inconveniences.

Depending on the manufacturer, the plastic can be of good quality or of a poor one. Regardless, sometimes disaster strikes and 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 sort out this pesky problem, rated in accordance to how easy they are.

Five stars means that they are very easy and one star means that the process will give you plenty of work.

Fix Your Eyeglasses with Super Glue

Yes, the old friend who can fix nearly everything.  Super glue is accessible, efficient and cheap. To fix your plastic frames with super glue follow some basic simple steps that will ensure the complete success of your crafty work.

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Clean the parts you want to glue together. The surface on which you apply the glue must be neat, without traces of dust or other impurities. Use sandpaper to flatten out the surface.
  2. Rinse them with water and dry them with a cloth before you glue them together.
  3. Apply the glue on both parts and then proceed to clamp them. You have to keep them steady for 20-50 seconds until the glue sets itself into the desired shape.
  4. Finally, place them on a flat surface and let the glue dry for a few minutes. It’s important to not rush the job and give it time to dry out.

These same principles apply to whatever part of the eyeglasses that needs glueing – may it be the arms or the nose bridge.

Five stars because nothing beats superglue.

Fix Your Eyeglasses by Sewing them Together

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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.

Here is how you can sew your frames together in eight simple steps.

  1. Start by cleaning the eyeglasses well – use sandpaper.
  2. Rinse with water or even sanitary alcohol and wait for them to dry out.
  3. Tie the two pieces together. You can do this with the help of some rubber bands and two small pieces of wooden stick.
  4. Put the stick on the top of the frames and secure it on each side with rubber bands. You do this to hold the two pieces tight when you sew them. You can review this technique fully at Wikihow.
  5. Apply a little glue to the breaking point – be careful to not pour too much and remove any excess super glue with a small cloth, piece of paper or cotton swab.
  6. Leave them on a flat surface and let the glue dry out.
  7.  It’s time to sew the frames. To perforate the frame you will have to use a small size drill. Make two small holes, one on each part of the broken frame, in a parallel position.
  8. Use a thin needle that has nylon strings, or thread attached to it to tie the frame together. It’s a slow process but one that will get the job done. Pass it through each of the holes several times to securely tighten it.
  9. Trim what’s left of the thread and then apply another touch of super glue. Let it dry and the frames are ready for you to wear them.
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Two stars because you have to be quite the handyman/woman.

Fix your plastic eyeglasses with a pin and heat

fix eyeglasses with pin and hot steam

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Another way to repair those broken specs is by using two needles to put back the two pieces.

This option is more discreet and the break will be harder to notice. It’s the best choice when you broke your glasses in half. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Heat up the plastic frames.
  2. Do not use an open flame as it will damage the plastic and you won’t be able to repair them. Instead, boil some water, hold the frames over the hot steam. This way, you will be sure that they won’t melt.
  3. Now that the plastic is soft, flexible and compliant you can introduce a metal pin on each side.
  4. Unite them as if you were completing a puzzle and push the edges towards one another. Because the plastic is soft, the metal pins will enter smoothly.
  5. Let it chill until the plastic is once again hard.

Four stars because it’s easy and it must be interesting puzzlin’ up your frames.

5. How to Fix Glasses Parts?

Sometimes, small pieces such as nose pads, hinges or screws can be lost or damaged.

Your frame cannot function properly without them so it’s best to have a repair kit around – for emergencies.

How to fix/replace eyeglasses hinges?

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One of the most common/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.

Replace a Lost Screw

eyeglasses-repair screw

The best and easiest way to replace a lost screw is by using an eyeglasses repair kit.

They are accessible price wise and you can find them in supermarkets, drugstores, and other similar stores.

A standard eyeglasses repair kit contains:

  1. a small screwdriver,  designed for frames, screws and nose pads
  2. a clothsometimes a magnifier and a storage case.
  3. sometimes a magnifier and a storage case.

With these tools you can do a lot to repair your frames – be it sunglasses or eyeglasses.

eyeglasses complete repair kit

Here are three ways to replace a lost screw:

  1. Use the screwdriver to remove or replace the broken or lost screw. It’s advisable that you replace your screws regularly to avoid having to go a couple of days without your eyeglasses.
  2. If you lost the eyeglasses screw and don’t have a repair kit around the house use other household items as a temporary solution.
  3. A simple and great way to fix your glasses temporarily  is by using a toothpick. Line the hinges and place the toothpick in the screw’s place and then trim it down to size. It will last you at least a couple of days until you manage to get your hands on a repair kit.
  4. Finally, you can use a wire from a twist tie to hold down the arm that is loose. Strip the plastic from the twist tie until you are left with the metallic wire. Align the hinges and insert it through them a couple of times.

Replace lost or damaged eyeglasses nose pads

Like hinges screws, nose pads can be lost or need regular replacement to avoid the unpleasant feeling of metal on skin.

eyeglasses nose pads

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.

Most repair kits come with two or three extra pairs of nose pads. If you don’t own any, you can pick them up at any optical shop.

6. How to Fix Rimless Eyeglasses?

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 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.

Changing the rimless eyeglasses thread

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For a variety of reasons, you will want at some point to change your thread. You need a standard fishing line, a pair of scissors and some patience.

Here’s how:

Start by inserting the wire through the small holes that the eyeglasses have near the bridge.

  1. Thread it in and out near the bridge and then repeat the same process on the other side, near the temple.

Once you have the thread locked in, it’s time to put the lens. Insert it into the frame and place the wire onto the built-in groove.

Tighten the wire so that it holds the lens perfectly and then trim what’s left of it.

Reinserting the lenses on rimless glasses

Never try to force it back in. 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 as if you would replace the wire. The lens fell because the wire was not tight enough, or pressure was applied to it. To avoid glasses lenses popping out, tighten the wire on a regular basis.

7. How to Prevent Damaging Your Eyeglasses?

Keeping your eyeglasses safe at all times is very difficult, but not impossible. Eyeglasses last for a very long time, so don’t be in a hurry to throw them away.IMG_1064

Here are some recommendations on how to keep your frames in good condition:

  1. 1. Use a case. Whenever you are traveling and don’t need your eyeglasses, put them in the case. They will be protected from scratches, impact and all other unforeseeable problems.
    1. 2. Clean them on a regular basis and always with a microfiber cloth or high-quality cotton. To avoid the scratches and other damage to the lenses, keep your frames clean!
    2. You can find out more about how to clean your eyeglasses from our guide.
    3. 3. Don’t fall asleep with them, on them, or anywhere near them. This way you prevent bending or breaking them.
    4. 4. Take them off when you are practicing sports or doing any sort of physically demanding activity. You will sweat and they will slip off your face. You don’t want that.
    5. 5. Have the frames adjusted at least once a year. Pay a visit to your local optician and have your screws, nose pads and frame checked for quality. This way, you won’t have any surprises.
    6. 6. Buy quality frames from trustworthy retailers.
    7. You can prevent a lot of problems if you pay attention to the quality and services of your optical store. You can read more about your refunds and replacements policies in this article from All about vision.

8. Where Can You Fix Your Glasses?

If you have tried to fix the 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 anything you need.

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If you need to fix your glasses in NYC, you can also drop by our 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. 

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