These days everyone is taking on a little bit more of a Do-It-Yourself mentality. Especially with the seemingly little things in life. Now, your glasses might be small, but they are still an important part of your overall quality of life. If you have bent, broken, or damaged glasses and you can’t immediately get professional repairs, there might be a few repair techniques you can try.
Repairing Glasses With A Damaged Frame
The frame around the lenses can sometimes be bent or broken due to an accidental fall, or something unforeseen like them slipping into the couch cushions just as you sit down. The bridge of the frame, in particular, is one of the more common places where the frame can be affected.
These days a lot of eyeglasses have a metal frame that may need professional welding to truly repair. Though in a pinch, you might be able to get by with some careful taping, which will last through something like a camping trip.
In the case of eyeglasses with a plastic frame, you might be able to glue them back together with some heavy-duty bonding glue or high-strength epoxy.
In a scenario like this, you can try the following steps. Just bear in mind that improvised gluing might void any warranty coverage.
- Step 1: Carefully inspect and clean off the damaged area of the frame. Make sure to clear away any dust particles or other debris.
- Step 2: Do your best to completely cover the lenses to protect them from any accidental glue globs.
- Step 3: Prepare the bonding glue or high-strength epoxy according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Step 4: Apply a modest amount to the two pieces and hold them firmly together for 60 to 90 seconds.
- Step 5: Gently put the glasses down and leave them undisturbed for at least half an hour. This will allow the bonding glue or epoxy to cure and firm up.
Repairing Eyeglasses With A Broken Arm
A failure in the hinge screw is one of the most common causes of a problem with the arms. Sometimes the hinge screw itself will fall out.
If there’s a drug store or a full-service box retailer nearby you might be able to buy an inexpensive glasses repair kit. These units are very handy, as they have extra screws, nose pads, and special little tools for the task at hand.
If you’re on a camping trip away from town, or there aren’t any stores open nearby you might try to replace the original screw. Sometimes the threads of the screw or the hole will be stripped and the screw itself will simply fall out again.
In a situation like this, you might try wrapping a little plumber’s tape around the screw. This will thicken the screw itself by a minuscule amount to help it fit snugly back into the original hole.
If you are in a desperate place and you can’t replace the original screw, you could try using a round wooden toothpick to replace an overly loose screw. The trick is to get the point of the toothpick deep enough seated in the hole to hold firm, then trim off the toothpick with a robust pair of scissors or kitchen shears. Try not to make the cut flush as you will eventually want to remove the toothpick later on for a more permanent repair.
This again is one of those times where you might void the manufacturer’s warranty. Especially if you have to apply so much pressure to the screw that it further deforms the hole or strips out the natural threads.
If you are stuck in the bush on a camping trip, your final fall back position might be to tape it together with crisscrossing small strips of duct tape or electrician’s tape.
Dealing With Damaged Nose Pads
The nose pads of your glasses might seem insignificant, right up until the point where one of them is broken or bent at an uncomfortable angle. Not only can this cause the glasses to sit unevenly on your face, but it can also make it hard for bifocal wearers to see properly. Not to mention the sheer discomfort of the damage nose pad digging into the soft skin of your nose.
If you have that handy eyeglass repair kit we mentioned earlier, then repairing a moderately damaged or deformed nose pad isn’t all that difficult. Most are made with some type of tiny screw that can be damaged or loosened over time.
Fixing it might be as simple as using the small screwdriver in the repair kit to tighten the tiny screw back into place. Sometimes a simple quarter to half a turn is all it takes to tighten a loose nose pad like new again.
If the nose pad itself is more than just loose or appears beyond repair, you might be able to simply replace it. A lot of eyeglass repair kits will even include a spare nose pad or two in the kit itself. It might not be a perfect match, but it will certainly get you by for a week or two until you can affect a more permanent repair. It will certainly spare your nose from the scraping action of a broken or missing nose pad!
A Gentle Touch For Cleaning Dirty Lenses
Damage to the lenses itself is not the sort of thing you can fix on your own. Though there are sometimes when you might be out of town or you get something like paint, stain or some other type of difficult spatter on the lenses of your glasses.
Different substances break down and release better with certain solvents. Even something like an exterior stain or super glue on the lenses of your glasses might easily release with something as innocuous as baby oil.
Regardless of the cleaning method that’s best for cleaning the gunk off your lenses, the goal is to stay away from anything abrasive. The last thing you want to do is scrape your glasses yourself while trying to clean away some stubborn goo.