If you wear eyeglasses, then I'm sure you've had the
experience of having them break or something becoming loose.
Everyone who wears or has worn glasses, has gone through this. Sooner or
later your eyeglasses will break and you will need to repair them at
least make them wearable until you can order a new pair. This is why we
always suggest that you have a least 2 pairs of eyeglasses.
Every pair of eyeglasses can break even the most expensive, well built
designs don't survive the simplest of accidents. While fixing them can
be annoying and frustrating, simple repairs can be easy. All it takes is
an inexpensive eyeglass repair kit, and
you can perform most minor repairs on eyeglass frames.
Here are a few simple to steps for you the next time you are stuck
trying to fix your eyeglasses.
Before you can fix what's wrong you need figure out what's wrong. We
recommend using a nice magnifying glass to try and find the problem
which is in need of repair. Most of the time, the problem is small and
difficult to see such as a loose or missing screw or a broken hinge on
If you find it's a stretched out hinge to repair this, you first will
get a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the hinge gently back
into place. Be careful not to scratch the lenses or frame. Covering the
tips of the pliers with a piece of masking tape prevents the lenses and
frame from becoming scratched or damaged. A very small rubber band or
rubber ring, found in many eyeglass repair kits, can also hold a loose
hinge in place.
Maybe a screw is loose on your eyeglass frame. This is fixed by
tightening the screw with the tiny screwdriver that comes in your
eyeglass repair kit. After
the screw in the frame, dabbing a little clear nail polish on the
hinge screw will hold it firmly in place. Don't forget to let the polish
dry before putting the glasses back on.
Lost a screw. Your eyeglass repair kit will have replacements, replace
the screw with one of the screws found in the kit. As a temporary fix
miniature safety pins, or a paperclip can also work by slipping into the
screw hole and bending it over. Never force the screw into the hole if
it won't fit. The last thing you want to do is strip the threads.
Sometimes the metal hinge will break from the frame. This happens most
often with "spring hinge" frames where the spring inside the hinge
breaks To repair this, you'll wash both surfaces and then try to scrape
as much paint or glue away. Then using a toothpick, lightly dab on some
super glue to the break. Be sure to keep the two pieces held together
for about a minute or two so the glue can dry and set. This is only a
temporary fix as in most cases you won't be able to close the hinge
again - but it will give you some time to order new glasses.
One final problem with eyeglass is the ear-piece slipping off the frame.
Simply, re-attach it back on with a little supper glue.
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