Dropping your glasses or hearing that crunch under your foot is a moment that we all dread and wish to avoid. Breaking your glasses is a downright pain, but it doesn’t always mean that you need to fork out more money for a new pair. You’d be surprised what you can do with a few handy materials. The next time an accident like this happens, try some of these tips to fix your broken glasses before you get a new pair.
Fix Broken Bridge
If your glasses break along the bridge of the frame, then you might be in luck with repairing them! Here’s what to do:
- Gather your materials: Find a good-quality adhesive, like super glue. You will also need a cotton swab or toothpick, wax paper, and thread that closely matches the colour of your frames (optional).
- Protect the lenses: Place the glasses on wax paper and cover the lenses to protect them from drops of glue that may spill.
- Apply the adhesive: Use the cotton swab or toothpick to apply a small amount of adhesive to the broken edges of the bridge. Ensure that you use just enough glue to hold the two split sides together but not an excessive amount that creates a mess and causes the adhesive to drip.
- Hold the pieces together: Press the two pieces together for a few minutes or until the glue has dried and set.
- Use thread (optional): For additional support, drill two pin-holes on either side of the bridge and sew some thread that will blend with the colour of your frames. This will help to keep the broken pieces in place and make the glasses more durable.
- Dry Completely: Wait for the adhesive to dry completely before wearing the glasses again. This could take several hours.
Repair Arm of Glasses
After wearing your glasses for an extended period of time, all of that bending, opening and closing can make the screws come loose. If you lose a screw, try these two methods:
Use an Eyeglass Repair Kit
Eyeglass repair kits are handy to have and can help with minor repairs such as this. If you lose a screw on the arm of your frame, you can pick up a kit from your local drugstore. These kits typically contain the following items:
- Replacement screws: These are designed to fit the specific type of glasses you have. They should be the same size and thread as the original screws to fit securely into the frame.
- Screwdriver: The appropriate tool that will fit the screws included in the kit.
- Magnifying glass: Some kits may even include a magnifying glass to help you see the small screws and parts of your glasses. This can be especially helpful if you have trouble seeing small details or if you need to work on the glasses in a dimly lit area.
- Instructions: The kit may come with instructions on how to use the tools and screws included. It’s important to follow these carefully to ensure a proper repair.
Use a Toothpick
Alternatively, you can also try using a toothpick. Carefully push a toothpick through the top of the hinge hole as far as possible to secure the arm to the frame of the glasses. Ensure that you insert it straight and not at an angle. Once the toothpick is in place, ensure that it holds the arm securely to the rest of the frame. Break off any excess toothpick, and you’re set!
Keep in mind that the above-mentioned methods are temporary solutions. While eyeglass repair kits can be longer-term solutions, if you notice that one or both arms become loose rather frequently, this could indicate that the frame is worn out, and it may be a sign to get a new pair. If you’re unsure, speak with a professional to help you fix your glasses or get advice on whether or not it’s time for some new ones.
Repairing Scratches on Lenses
If the glass lenses get scratched up and impede your vision, you don’t have to rush out and get a new pair. There are products made today that use glass etching chemicals to remove or fill in scratches. Ask your optician or optometrist where to purchase this product and how to properly apply it.
It’s important to remember that this method may not work for all scratches, especially those that are harsh and deep. If you have severe damage to your lenses, it’s best to seek professional help for repair or replacement. Using glass-etching chemicals not approved by an expert can also damage the lens and its coating.
If your glasses have sustained any kind of damage like those outlined above, don’t rush out to get a new pair just yet. Try out some of these tricks first — you might be surprised at how effective they can be! If you need some tips or would prefer to get your spectacles professionally repaired, contact us at Laurier Optical! We have the right tools and industry-leading expertise to help you decide if it’s worth fixing or replacing.