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How to Remove Anti-Reflective Coating From Eyeglasses

Updated February 21, 2017

Anti-reflective coating is put onto eyeglasses to make them easy to wear. When glare is reduced, there is less eyestrain. If you don't like the anti-reflective coating, or it has become scratched, there are ways to remove the coating from eyeglasses. When the coating starts to come off, it can be distracting and obstruct your vision. If you decide not to have it removed by a doctor, there are ways to remove anti-reflective coating from eyeglasses yourself.

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  1. Apply a thick layer of hydrofluoric acid over the anti-reflective coating on the eyeglasses. Use a cotton swab to apply it. Leave it on for five minutes.

  2. Rinse the eyeglasses with warm soapy water. Do not rub the lenses as it could end up damaging them. Hold the eyeglasses under a running faucet until the hydrofluoric acid is removed.

  3. Blot the eyeglass lenses with a soft towel. Do not rub or press too hard on the lenses. The anti-reflective coating should be gone at this point.

  4. Warning

    Do this method only for plastic eyeglass lenses, not glass.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Hydrofluoric acid
  • Towel

About the Author

Yvonne Van Damme

Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.

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