How to remove lenses from eyeglasses

Updated April 17, 2017

You will need to properly remove your eyeglass lenses if you are changing frames or if you would like to clean or adjust the lenses. For plastic frames, you can pop the lenses out with a little pressure. For metal frames, you can release the lenses by loosening the screws on either side of the glasses. Work with a gentle hand to avoid damaging the frames or the lenses.

Evaluate the glasses to determine the best way of removing the lenses. Lenses will either be a pop-out style or held in place by screws at the temples.

Hold the lens using your microfiber cloth. This will protect the lens from scratches while you work.

Use the small screwdriver from the eyeglass kit to loosen the screw located at the temple of your glasses. As you loosen, the frame will release and the lens will pop out. Repeat on the other side.

Heat the rim of your plastic frames using the hair dryer. This will warm the plastic to allow for easy lens removal.

Use the microfiber cloth to hold the lens and gently press the back of the glass forward. The back is the surface closest to your eye. Press near the top of the lens and continue pushing with an even, yet gentle pressure until the lens pops out. Repeat on the other side.


Place a towel under your work area to protect the lens from damage if they pop out suddenly.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Eyeglass repair kit
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