How do I repair my glasses?

Medically reviewed by Wut Win, Dispensing Optician at Feel Good Contacts.

Many glasses-wearers know the frustration of seeing their spectacles break before their eyes, whether they fell onto a hard surface, were accidentally sat or stepped on, or a screw came loose. Luckily, broken glasses can (in some cases) be fixed. So, if you’re wondering how to fix broken glasses, keep reading.

What to do when the screw falls out of your glasses?

Most glasses are held together by screws. There are usually two screws which connect the frames to the hinges – however, it is very common for these screws to become loose with time, and they may even fall out. If this happens, here’s what you could do:

Use a mini screwdriver

A little bit of DIY goes a long way. Using a mini screwdriver, you can re-fix the same screw into your glasses by aligning the hinges and inserting the screws into the holes. If you cannot find the loose screw, you can use a screw from another pair of glasses, for example, an old pair of frames.

If you cannot find an old pair of frames and have no screws, here are some temporary options until you get a new one (we recommend getting this from the place where your frames were purchased):

Dental floss: Put a piece of the material through the screw hole and tie a tight knot until the hinges are secure. Cut any excess material off and keep the arms in an open position to prevent the wire from coming loose.

Thread: Simply line up the holes on your frames, push the thread through, and trim the excess material.

What if my glasses are not fitting properly?

Your glasses should comfortably sit on your face without sliding off or causing pressure points, but it is possible for frames to become too tight or too loose over time. If this happens to your plastic or metal frames, or you’re simply wondering how to fix bent glasses, you may be able to adjust them yourself.

If the glasses are loose:

  • Simply heat up the plastic temple tips and gently bend them downwards.
  • You can heat up the frame by using a hair dryer. Simply apply the heat for 20-30 seconds.

If they are too tight:

  • Run the temple tips under warm water for 30-60 seconds before bending them upwards.
  • You can also use a hairdryer for 20-30 seconds.

Can you get scratches out of glasses?

There are plenty of DIY methods online that claim to remove scratches from frames, but attempting to remove scratches from your glasses using products from your cupboard, such as toothpaste or baking soda, can actually do more damage than good, particularly to the lenses.

There are currently no products available to remove scratches, but at Feel Good Contacts, we offer scratch-resistant coating on all of our lenses, free of charge. So, if your frames have succumbed to scratches and you’re searching for a new pair, check out some of our bestselling frames below:

Ray-Ban Erika RX7046 5365 Rubber Havana

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Feel Good Collection Russell Black

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Oakley Holbrook RX OX8156 01 56 Satin Black

Oakley Holbrook RX OX8156 01 56 Satin Black

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Disclaimer: The advice in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace medical care or an in-person check-up. Please check with an eyecare professional before purchasing any products or remedies. For information on our article review process, please refer to our Editorial Policy.

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