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 your glasses break, 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 for repairing them! Here’s what to do:


Use a Good Adhesive

Before you begin, be sure to cover the lenses with some wax paper to avoid spilling any drops of glue on them. Next, use a good quality glue to place the two split sides back together. You can use a cotton swab to apply the glue carefully. Just make sure you don’t put an excessive amount.

To add additional support for the repair, you can drill two pin-holes on either side of the bridge and sew some thread that will blend with your frames.


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 out:


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 that will have replacement screws, along with an appropriate screwdriver and even a magnifying glass to help you put one back in place.


Use a Toothpick

Alternatively, you can also try using a toothpick. This can be done as a temporary measure by pushing a toothpick through the top of the hinge hole as far as possible to secure the arm to the frame of the glasses. Then just break off any excess toothpick and you’re set!


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 of glasses. 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.

Don’t rush out to get a new pair of glasses when you damage the ones you own. Try out some of these tricks first. You might be surprised at how effective they can be!