How to Remove Lens Scratches

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How to Remove Lens Scratches
It is possible to remove scratches from lenses made of various materials. (glasses image by Joann Cooper from

Getting scratches on lenses is a common problem that can create a great hassle in your everyday life. Eyeglasses, sunglasses and even cameras will not work effectively with scratched lenses. There are a variety of remedies to greatly reduce the appearance of scratches on lenses. It is important to determine whether the lens you are repairing is plastic or glass. Plastic lenses are much easier to repair, but there is a way to reduce the appearance of scratches on glass lenses as well.

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Things you need

  • DVD/CD cleaning kit
  • Furniture polish
  • Toothpaste
  • Glass-etching compound
  • Soft cloth
  • Eyeglasses polishing kit

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    Plastic Lenses

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    Spray the solution from a DVD/CD repair kit on the scratched lens. Wipe the solution away with a soft cloth in circular motions. Repeat this process as needed until you obtain the desired look.

    How to Remove Lens Scratches
    There are several options to reduce the look of scratches on plastic lenses. (sunglasses image by timur1970 from
  2. 2

    Pour a capful of furniture polish onto a soft cloth. Rub the cloth over the scratch in circular motions. Use the dry portion of the cloth run over the area again. The wax from the polish will fill the scratch and reduce the appearance.

  3. 3

    Spread a small amount of toothpaste over the scratch with your finger tips. Rub with a soft cloth in circular motions to buffer away the excess toothpaste. Rinse the lens with soap and water.

  4. 4

    Rub a thick amount of a glass-etching compound onto the front and back of the lens. Let the product sit, and then rinse it with cold water.

    Glass Lenses

  1. 1

    Spray the polish from an eyeglass-polishing kit onto the scratched area. Eyeglass-polishing kits can be purchased at your local optometrist or some pharmacy stores.

    How to Remove Lens Scratches
    There are a few steps that may help reduce scratches in glass lenses. (lens image by Stanisa Martinovic from
  2. 2

    Rub the scratched area in circular motions with a soft cloth, like chamois.

  3. 3

    Visit a speciality store, such as the optometrist or camera repair store, if the polishing kit is unsuccessful. Speciality stores may be able to polish or re-coat the lens at a cost that is cheaper than replacing the lens altogether.

Tips and warnings

  • Repeat the at-home remedy if scratches become more noticeable over time.
  • Wearing eyeglasses with scratched lenses for a long period of time can cause damage to your eyes. It is important to visit your eye doctor if you are unsuccessful in repairing your scratched lenses at home.

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