Repair Guide: Fix Broken Glasses – Vint & York

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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 Eyeglasses that are cracked, broken or crooked can all be fixed here.

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1. How to Fix Glasses Lenses Scratches?

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 can cause discomfort, blurred vision, and even damage to your eyes.

Sometimes spots on the lens may be just dust and smudge. But sometimes it’s a real scratch on your eyeglass lens. Most quality lenses have an anti-scratch coating, but it’s inevitable that some scratches will appear.

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TIP: Never confuse scratches and cracks. A lot of people look for ways to fix cracked glasses, but there’s nothing you can do. It is impossible to repair cracked lenses unless you replace them. To fix cracked lenses, you need to visit your optician to order a replacement pair.

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, most of the products you will need can be found in your home.

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 cloth to remove the first layer of dust off your lenses. You should clean your glasses with a microfiber cloth.
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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 to remove the scratches from your eyeglass lens. There are three kinds of scratch removers you can use. The first two are household products. The third is a product that you will not find in supermarkets. You can check them out.

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


  1. Believe it or not, toothpaste is effective in removing scratches.
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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. To remove scratches, use a cotton cloth or wool cloth.
  2. The lenses should be rubbed in small circles for approximately 30 seconds.
  3. The eyeglass frames and lenses should be rinsed with cold water. After drying, wipe them dry with a soft cloth. Your glasses should now be clean.
  4. You may need to do it again depending on how large the scratch is.
  5. You have a lower chance of getting scratches on lenses with anti-scratch coating. However, it is possible for scratches to occur. You can get rid of that pesky scratch by practicing patience.

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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 for eyeglasses scratches:

  1. All you need is just one or two tablespoons of baking soda mixed with water.
  2. Mix the water and baking soda in a small bowl. Stir the mixture until it becomes a thick paste.
  3. Use the same method as for toothpaste to apply the paste to the lenses.
  4. Don’t forget to rinse your glasses in cold water and dry them thoroughly.

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

Scratch Removal Products

There are a variety of supermarket products that are designed to remove scratches from your eyeglasses. Avoid using any product that is not specifically designed for glass lenses. These products contain hydrofluoric acid, which dissolves the coating and eliminates 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 10 minutes. You can then rinse your glasses in cold water and dry them off with a soft cloth.
  2. You can also use car wax or glass polish to treat scratches on your lenses. While car wax or glass polish won’t make the scratches go away, they will fill them up temporarily.
  3. Apply the wax/polish to the lenses for about a minute. It should feel like you are polishing the lens.
  4. Use a dry cloth to wipe the lens clean.
  5. Keep the lenses clean by repeating this process each week.

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2. How to Tighten Glasses?

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

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You may find your glasses are too high or low on your nose because of the nose pads. The arms of the eyeglass frames can cause your glasses to slide down on your face or make them feel too wide at your temples.

Besides the discomfort caused by tight or loose glasses, they’re also putting your eyes and health at risk.

Headaches and other issues can result from improper positioning of your glasses. Read more here.

It is easy to fix and there is no risk of damaging your eyeglasses. You can tighten your glasses at home because it is so simple. 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 one hand. To gently push out one of your nose pads, use your thumb.
  4. After pushing it out enough, put on your glasses and compare the new nose pad with the original to ensure the correct fit.
  5. Switch hands and try the other pad. Keep playing with the pads until your glasses fit perfectly.
  6. To adjust the frame’s height, push the nose pads inward.
  7. Bend the Arms

If the arms on your glasses are too tight or too loose, they will make the frame sit uncomfortably on your face. This can be fixed by bending the glasses frames back to their original 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, you’ll either bend the arms into a deeper curve or a more relaxed curve. To make them tighter, bend the arms into a steeper curve. To relax the curve, bend them up.

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. The other hand can push the temples outward or inward depending on the problem.
  3. You can then adjust your temples by repeating the same process on the opposite side. You’ll know you’re done when your eyeglass feel natural on your face.

Tighten the screws

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

The screws become loosen over time. The eyeglass arms can become loose and sag. 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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You will need an eyeglass screwdriver to tighten both the screws on the frames. Make sure the arms are stiff when you close or 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.

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How to fix bent metal glasses?

These titanium frames have elegant, thin lines. These glasses are delicate and need to be taken care of. 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 bend in your metal frames can cause problems with your eyes because the focal point of the lens has moved.

Frames can bend for many reasons. They can also bend if they’re dropped or if they’re left unattended in a bag. It’s not a big problem if your frame is bent. If you don’t feel like paying a visit to the optician, you can fix it yourself.

First, perform a simple test to determine if your eyeglass frames are in good shape. Place the glasses flat on a table, or any other flat surface. You should bend the side that is not touching the surface and remains up.

You will need the right eyeglass repair tools to determine which side should be bent. We recommend you use soft pliers that have their ends covered in plastic, or nylon jaw chain pliers.

1. Apply pressure to straighten the frames. But don’t force them.

2. Work gently to ensure you don’t break your frames. Repairs are usually expensive.

3. Warm up the eyeglass arms if the problem persists. You can use hot air from your hair dryer. Do not expose your eyeglass frames or contacts to flames.

4. When eyeglasses are crooked, the nose piece is the problem. Use pressure to the nosepiece.

How can you fix a metal frame that is broken?

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An optical shop is the best option if you find yourself in this situation. 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. Experts are best for this job.

This is because you do not have the right tools to make eyeglass frames. The process also needs to be very precise. The lenses may not fit back in the frame if the metal frames are not correctly welded.

4. How to Fix Plastic Eyeglasses?

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.

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How to fix bent frames made of plastic

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

Here are some tips:

  1. To straighten plastic eyeglasses, 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 plastic eyeglasses is exposure to hot steam. After heating them with the steam heat, dry them off and bend by hand.
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  4. Do not use any source of fire, such as the stove, because you risk permanent damage. Overheating plastic eyeglasses can lead to melting or discoloration.
  5. To adjust the frames of plastic glasses, professionals use sandboxes. The sand is heated and the eyeglasses are bent into place.
  6. A visit to an eyeglass shop or optician is the best way to adjust plastic frames. The optician or store employees can fix the frames for you. Most opticians won’t even charge you for this service.

How do you fix plastic frames that have broken?

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

The quality of the plastic frame can depend on its manufacturer. Even high-quality frames made of plastic can still cause disaster. It’s best if you know what to do.

The most common breaking point for plastic eyeglasses is the bridge. Broken plastic eyeglasses can also occur at the arms and temples.

These are tips to fix broken plastic eyeglass frames. They are rated according to how easy they are.

Five stars means the process is very easy, and one star means 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. These steps will help you fix your plastic frames using superglue.

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Clean the parts of the eyeglasses you want to glue together. Make sure the glue is completely dry on any surface. Use sandpaper to flatten out the surface.
  2. Before you glue the glasses together, rinse them under running water.
  3. Apply the glue to the two pieces. Then, attach the pieces and clamp them. You have to keep the frames steady for 20 to 50 seconds until the glue sets itself into the desired shape.
  4. After the glue has dried, place your glasses on a flat surface. It’s important to not rush the job. Allow the glue to dry for a while.

The same principles should be applied to any part of your eyeglasses that requires glueing, including the arms and nose bridge.

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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 is usually used when the bridge of the frame is broken.

This is how to sew your frames together in just eight steps.

  1. Start by cleaning the eyeglasses well. Use sandpaper to rub the area.
  2. Use sandpaper to clean the area.
  3. Then, tie the frames together. This can be done with rubber bands and two small wooden sticks.
  4. Put the stick on the top of the frames and secure it on each side with rubber bands. This will ensure that the pieces are held together during sewing. Wikihow explains this procedure in detail.
  5. You can use a little superglue to reach the breaking point. You should be careful not to pour too much glue on the area. Use a cotton swab, a piece of paper, or a small cloth to remove any super glue.
  6. Let the glue dry on your glasses.
  7. It’s time to sew the frames. You will need a small drill bit to perforate the frame. Two small holes should be made with the drill bit. One for each end of the broken frame. The other one should be in a parallel position.
  8. You will need a small needle to fit through the holes. You can thread the needle using nylon string, or another type durable thread. Next, tie the broken parts of the frame together. It is slow work, but it will do the job. Pass the needle through all the holes and tighten it in place by threading it several times.
  9. Trim what’s left of the thread and then apply another touch of super glue. After the glue has dried, your frames are ready for use.
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Fix your plastic eyeglasses with a pin and heat

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

This method is discreeter than sewing your glasses. This will make it harder to see the break. 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. Then heat the steam and place the frames in the hot water. This way, you will be sure that they won’t melt.
  3. Once the plastic has become soft, flexible, and compliant, push a pin through each of the glasses.
  4. As though you were working on a puzzle, align the pins by pushing the edges towards each other. The plastic is flexible so the metal pins can easily fit in.
  5. Allow your glasses to dry until the plastic hardens.

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5. How to Fix Glasses Parts?

You might lose or damage small parts of your glasses like the nose pads, hinges, or screws.

Your frame cannot function properly without these small yet important pieces, so it’s best to have a repair kit around for emergencies.

How to replace or fix eyeglasses hinges.

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One of the most common and annoying eyeglasses problems is the loss of a hinge screw. Regular use can cause the hinges to wear down or the screw could become loose and fall.

If this occurs, there are several ways to solve your problem without having to go to the opticians.

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Replace a Lost Screw

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The best and easiest way to replace a lost screw is by using the replacement screws found in an eyeglasses repair kit.

These eyeglass repair kits can be purchased in a variety of places, including online, pharmacies and supermarkets.

A standard eyeglasses repair kit contains:

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

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.

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Here are three ways to replace a lost screw:

  1. Use the screwdriver to replace the broken or lost screw. It’s advisable that you replace your eyeglass screws regularly to keep your frames as strong as possible. It’s never fun having a screw break or fall out when you’re out and about with no way to fix your eyeglasses.
  2. If you lost the eyeglasses screw and don’t have a repair kit around the house you can use other household items as a temporary solution.
  3. A simple and ingenious way to fix your glasses temporarily is with a toothpick. Line up the hinges of the front of your eyeglass frame and the arm, and place the toothpick in the screw’s place. Next, trim the toothpick to its final size. The toothpick should last at most for a few days before you can get your hands on an eyeglass replacement kit.
  4. The wire from a twist tie can be used to attach the arm. You can remove the twist tie plastic until you have the metallic wire. Align the hinges by inserting the wire through the hinges several 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.

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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. Just unscrew any screws that hold the nose pad in place, and you can remove the entire pad.

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.

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 the monofilament line can break or the lens falls out.

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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You will need to change the thread in your frames’ rimless at some time. There are many reasons why this is necessary. A standard fishing line, scissors, and patience are all you need.

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.

  1. Attach the line to the temple and thread it in and out.

Once you have the thread locked in, it’s time to put in the lens. Place the lens in the frame and place the fishing line in the groove.

The fishing line should be tightened so that the lens holds perfectly.

Reinserting the lenses on rimless glasses

Never try to force your lenses back into your rimless eyeglass frames. The chances of you failing are high and you could end up damaging your frame or lens. It is best to remove the entire wire and then replace it with a brand new one.

As if you were replacing the wiring, you should use the same procedure. Because the wire was not tightened enough or too much pressure was applied, lenses can fall out of rimless frames. To avoid glasses lenses popping out, tighten the wire on a regular basis.

7. How to Avoid Eyeglass Damage?

Keeping your eyeglasses safe at all times can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Quality eyeglasses are designed to last for a long time, so don’t be in a hurry to throw them away.IMG_1064

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

  1. 1. An eyeglasses case is a must. Whenever you are traveling and don’t need your eyeglasses, put them in a case. Protect them from damage, impact, and any other unforeseeable issues.
    1. 2. Clean your glasses on a regular basis, always with a microfiber cloth or high-quality cotton. Make sure your eyeglasses are clean in order to prevent scratches and other damage.
    2. Our guide contains more information and tips on cleaning your eyeglasses.
    3. 3. Don’t fall asleep wearing, on top of or anywhere near your glasses. You can easily break your glasses if you fall asleep in them.
    4. 4. Take your glasses off when you are practicing sports or doing any sort of physically demanding activity. You may lose your glasses if you do too much activity. You don’t want that.
    5. 5. Have your eyeglass frames adjusted at least once a year. Visit your local optician to have your frames, nose pads, and screws checked for quality. This way, you won’t have any surprises.
    6. 6. Trustworthy retailers sell high quality frames.
    7. If you are careful about the quality and services offered by your optical store, you can avoid many problems. All About Vision has more information about replacements and refunds.

8. Where Can You Fix Your Glasses?

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.

A majority of optical shops have a lab that can fix your frames, replace screws and nose pads, or perform any other eyeglass repairs.


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.

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