How to Repair Scratched Eye Glasses

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Scratches on glasses happen frequently. It's not uncommon to find your glasses scratched after you've left them sitting somewhere or after a minor mishap such as dropping them. Rather than pay for a new set of lenses, you can repair small scratches in the glass yourself using eyeglass repair kits and a little patience. The savings will be great, and you may even find the process faster than having to go get new lenses.

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Things you need

  • White toothpaste
  • Armour Etch glass etching cream
  • Lens cloth

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    Glasses With Glass Lenses

  1. 1

    Find a white toothpaste, not a gel, with no whiteners. Gels or chemical whiteners could further damage your glasses.

  2. 2

    Dab the toothpaste on a cotton swab.

  3. 3

    Place the toothpaste on the scratches and allow to sit for a few minutes.

  4. 4

    Rinse the toothpaste off and clean your lens with a lens cloth.

    Glasses With Plastic Lenses

  1. 1

    Take a cotton swab and dab a bit of Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream on the front and back of the lens.

  2. 2

    Let the Armour Etch soak in for about five minutes.

  3. 3

    Run water over the lenses. Dry with a lens cloth or toilet paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Test Armour Etch on a small part of your glasses first, and never use it on glass lenses. It will leave your glasses frosted and ruined.
  • Be aware that Armour Etch removes antiglare coating from plastic lenses. Usually it is the coating that is scratched.
  • If you are unsure or have doubts, take your glasses in to an optometrist.
  • Wear gloves when using Armour Etch, as it is a glass etching cream and could be considered harsh on the skin.

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