Eyeglasses are an important part of many people's lives. Some people use them for specific tasks, such as reading, while others require them for constant vision correction. Broken frames are often expensive to replace, and some people go without their eyewear until they get a replacement frame. Fortunately, there are ways to repair most problems with eyeglass frames yourself. This is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new frames, and most people can get their eyeglasses back to working order in very little time.
There are a number of different components to eyeglass frames, and each of these components can break. The tools you need depend on what the problem is.
Broken or missing nose pads
Eyeglass repair kit, new set of nose pads
Snapped plastic frame
With the right tools, most people can easily repair these common eyeglass frame problems. You may have some of the tools around the house already.
One of the most common problems with eyeglass frames is when the arms come loose and fall off. Fortunately, there is a simple way to fix this problem. The majority of eyeglass repair kits contain a variety of small screws designed to re-attach eyeglass arms, and a specially designed screwdriver that fits the screws. To re-attach an eyeglass arm, start by finding the right size screw. Either compare the size of the spare screw with the screw used to hold on the other eyeglass arm, or use a method of trial and error to see which screw fits into the holes on the eyeglass arm and frame.
With the screw in hand, place the arm back on the frame and line up the screw holes. Compare it with the arm that is still in place to make sure it lines up the same way. Once it lines up, simply insert the new screw in the hole and use the screwdriver to tighten it. This should securely attach the two pieces.
Nose pads attach to eyeglasses in a number of ways. Some screw on, some snap on, and some stick on using an adhesive. It is important to purchase replacement nose pads that attach the same way as the ones on the eyeglass frame. It is also a good idea to make sure the replacement pads are the same shape as the existing ones.
If the pads screw on, use the screwdriver in the eyeglass repair kit to secure the screw. If necessary, use a spare screw from the kit to attach the new pads.
If the pads snap on, simply snap the old pads off and snap the new ones on the same way. This is the easiest type of repair as you do not need any tools.
For adhesive nose pads, the old pads should simply peel off. However, if they do not easily peel off, use a small flat-head screwdriver to gently pry them off. When replacing adhesive nose pads, peel the backing off the adhesive strip and stick it on. For accuracy, mark the proper placement of the pad on the eyeglass frame with a washable marker or small piece of tape before sticking it on.
Sometimes plastic eyeglass frames break into two pieces. This is not something that a simple replacement screw can fix, but in most cases, it is fixable. The first step to fixing a snapped plastic eyeglass frame is to clean the ends of both pieces. Put rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and use it to clean the broken edges of both pieces.
When the frame is completely dry, place a small dot of super glue on each piece. Press the pieces together firmly, and hold them together for at least a minute. Make sure to hold as still as possible, because excess movement weakens the glue's bond. Allow the glue to dry for eight to 12 hours before wearing the glasses.
eBay is an excellent place to find materials to repair eyeglass frames. Simply type keywords of what you need in the eBay search bar. You can start with a broad search, such as "eyeglass repair kit", and narrow your search with category links.
Many people require eyeglasses in order to see properly. Unfortunately, the more people use their eyeglasses, the more likely the frames are to break. Professional repairs are often costly, so repairing your own eyeglass frames is a great way to save money.