Eyeglasses are an important part of many people's lives. Some people only need them for certain activities such as reading, but some people require them at all times for proper vision. Unfortunately, the more often people use their glasses, the more likely they are to encounter problems. Common problems include scratched lenses, lenses falling out, arms of the frames falling off, and the frame snapping into two pieces. However, with the right tools, you can fix most of these common eyeglass problems yourself.
Depending on the problem, there are a number of different materials required to repair eyeglasses. To fix a broken or missing eyeglass arm, the best thing to use is an eyeglass repair kit. Most of these kits contain small screwdrivers, as well as a variety of screws in different sizes. To fix scratched lenses or lenses that fall out, an eyeglass cleaning kit and eyeglass repair kit are excellent tools. When it comes to repairing a snapped frame,super glue, rubbing alcohol, and cotton balls should do the job.
It is common for the lenses in eyeglasses to get scratched or cracked. Fortunately, you can repair both problems yourself easily.
For small scratches, it is often possible to buff out the scratch with an eyeglass cleaning kit. Useeyeglass cleaning solution and a microfibre cloth to gently wipe the surface of the glasses in small circular motions. If the scratch does not come out, or if it is a large scratch, you may prefer to replace the lens.
If a lens is completely cracked, replacement is necessary. In some plastic frames, it might be possible to simply pop the lens out, and pop the new one in. However, in metal frames and some types of plastic frames, the lenses likely attach with small screws. To replace the lens, use the screwdriver from the eyeglass repair kit to remove the screws holding the lens in. Once the screws are out, the lens should come out fairly easily. To replace the lens, place the new lens into the frame and re-attach the screws. Attach the screws slowly and gently to avoid scratching the new lens.
Many times, eyeglass arms come loose or fall off. Fortunately, this is also an easy fix. The majority of the time, an eyeglass arm comes off because it loses a screw. The best way to repair it is to find a replacement screw of the same size. Most eyeglass repair kits come with a variety of screws in many sizes. If one arm remains attached, it is a good idea to take a look at the screw on that side to get an idea of what size you need. To find the exact size, see which screw fits into the holes that connect the arm to the rest of the frame. It should not fit loosely in the hole, but only go in with the aid of a screwdriver. After obtaining the right screw, line up the holes of the arm and the frame, and place the screw through all of them. It might be useful to have another person hold the arm and frame in place while attaching the screw.
Sometimes plastic eyeglass frames snap into two pieces. The first step to fixing this problem is to clean both broken edges of the frame with rubbing alcohol. Put a small amount of alcohol onto a cotton ball and use it to clean both surfaces. Once the frame is completely dry, put a small dab of super glue onto each surface. Press the two pieces together and hold them firmly for at least one minute; it is even better to hold them for three minutes. Make sure to hold them firmly, because shaking or moving them while the glue adheres can weaken the bond. For maximum results, let the glue set for eight to 12 hours before wearing the glasses.
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Having functional eyeglasses is important, and professional eyeglass repairs are often very expensive. Repairing your own eyeglasses is a cost-effective solution. With the right materials, you can usually fix these common eyeglass problems yourself at a much lower cost.