How to Repair Eyeglass Temples

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How to Repair Eyeglass Temples
Repair eyeglasses at home for a temporary fix. (Paul Tearle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Broken eyeglasses can ruin your day, but when immediate repair by an optician is not possible, some eyeglass problems can be mended at home, including damaged temples. Always bring them to an optician, as poorly repaired eyeglasses can result in additional vision problems or discomfort. Use these repair tips for temporary fixes.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Eyeglass screws
  • Eyeglass repair kit, including tiny flathead screwdriver
  • Lighter
  • Hot glue gun

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    Replace Screws

  1. 1

    Examine the screws that join the temples and front of your eyeglasses. Different-sized screws are used in different glasses, but eyeglass repair kits available at drug or grocery stores contain screws of various sizes.

  2. 2

    Compare the size of the screws you have purchased to the loose or broken screw in your glasses. If the screw was lost, base the size of the replacement on the size of the joint.

  3. 3

    Align the frame with the edge of the temple. The joint holes should match. Insert the screw into the joint. Tighten with the tiny screwdriver included in the eyeglass repair kit.

    Steam plastic

  1. 1

    Use heat to fix temples of plastic glasses that have been bent out of shape. While wearing gloves to protect your hands, hold the frame over boiling water. Allow steam to heat the temple.

  2. 2

    Gently touch the plastic with your thumb and forefinger to test malleability.

  3. 3

    Shape the temple as it was before it was damaged. Continue to check heat and malleability levels as you do. The temple also can be replaced with an identical or similar piece from another pair of glasses.

    Use hot glue

  1. 1

    Use a hot glue gun to repair metal frames when the temple is broken in two. Allow the glue gun to heat according to directions..

  2. 2

    Squeeze the handle, placing heated glue on one piece of the temple.

  3. 3

    Align the other piece of the temple with the glued end. Hold still until set.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have non-metal frames and are not sure that your frames are plastic, do not attempt to heat them. Some frames may appear to be plastic, but are made from less malleable materials.

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