How to Remove a Lens From Partial Frame Eyeglasses

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How to Remove a Lens From Partial Frame Eyeglasses
Removing lenses from demi-frame glasses requires care and concentration. (glasses reflecting in the glass tabletop image by Daria Miroshnikova from

When attempting to thoroughly clean your glasses, or replacing a scratched lens, the original lens must be removed from the eyeglass frame. This procedure, which requires more concentration when performed on demi- or half-frame glasses than on traditional full frames, can be accomplished in just a few minutes and with a minimum of tools.

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Things you need

  • Thumbtack or pin
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Place a towel over your work area to avoid your lenses getting scratched, damaged or bouncing off the surface.

  2. 2

    Hold the frame firmly with your non-dominant hand. Open the frame, if its arms are folded.

  3. 3

    Hold a thumbtack or pin in your dominant hand and insert it between the frame and the lens, right beneath the nose pad and where the nylon wire and frame meet.

  4. 4

    Wiggle the thumbtack back and forth and towards the bottom of the lens, where the lens adheres to the frame. The lens will eventually pop out.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when inserting the thumbtack or pin, or you may end up stabbing yourself.

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