Repair Eyeglasses by Yourself

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January 25, 2010

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Eyeglasses can be a considerable investment as most eye glasses have to be custom made to your specific requirements. Eyeglasses frames and lenses do not come cheap, and add to that the cost of making eyeglasses, and you can be shelling out a substantial amount for a pair of glasses. So, if your eyeglasses happen to break, then you may be in for more expenses. If the lens of your eyeglasses breaks or if the eyeglass frame itself is broken or bent out of shape, then you may have to get your eye glasses repaired by an optician or glasses store. However, it could need just some minor repairs, which you can do yourself. Follow me!

Tools and Parts you need
In order to repair your own eyeglasses, you will need to have the proper tools, as well as spare parts, on hand.The first item you will need is an “eyeglass repair kit”. Basically, this kit contains one small, flat – headed screwdriver, and one small, Phillips – headed screwdriver. These tools are small enough to turn the tiny screws on your eyeglasses. Another handy tool is a pocket – sized magnifying glass. It can also help you to see the small parts better. If you have a problem keeping hold of those tiny screws, you might want to purchase an extended tip magnet probe. This sleek tool will help you pick up eyeglass screws, et cetera. It can also help to hold the screws in place while you use your other hand and a screwdriver to tighten it up.

As for the spare parts you will need to repair your eyeglasses, you will also need to purchase some replacement screws, nose pads, and springs. Sometimes, you can salvage certain parts from an old pair of eyeglasses, but the parts are not always interchangeable, so it’s usually better just to order some parts, as they are not expensive. Finally, to store all of your eyeglass tools and parts in, you can also purchase a mini, pocket – sized toolbox.

Repair your eyeglasses step by step
Step 1Examine the cause of the problem with a magnifying glass. Is the hinge stretched out? Is the screw loose or missing? Did the hinge break off?

Step 2If the hinge is stretched out, cover the tips of a pair of pliers with masking or duct tape to avoid scratching the frames and then use the pliers to bend the hinge gently back into place. Or slide an orthodontic rubber band (available from dentists) or a small rubber ring (an eyeglass repair kit may include this) over the loose hinge to hold it in place.

Step 3If the screw is loose, tighten it with a tiny screwdriver from the eyeglass repair kit. The tip of a paring knife will serve as a screwdriver in a pinch.

Step 4If the screw is lost, replace it with one of the screws from the kit, or slip a miniature safety pin into the screw hole and close it. If the repair kit’s screw does not fit into the hole, do not force it, as that might strip the threads inside the frame.

Step 5Dab a tiny bit of clear nail polish on the hinge screw once you’ve tightened it to hold the screw in place. Let dry.

Step 6If the metal hinge has broken off the frame, wash both surfaces and scrape away any paint or old glue. Then use a toothpick to dab fast-bonding glue to the break. Hold the pieces in place for 60 seconds to allow the glue to dry.

Step 7If the earpiece keeps slipping off the frame or has broken off, re-adhere it with fast-bonding glue. If you get the glue on your skin, wipe it off with acetone-based nail-polish remover.

Once you repair your eyeglasses, you should clean the lens with alcohol and a soft, clean cloth. To help protect them when you are not wearing them, you should keep your eyeglasses in their storage case. Thus, by using an eye wear repair kit, and some do-it-yourself steps as above, you can save yourself a trip to the repair shop, not to mention some money as well.

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