There is nothing more irritating than having poor eyesight even after putting on your glasses. Glasses have got delicate lenses which can easily get scratched by objects in your surroundings. I also understand that most prescription eyeglasses are quite expensive and therefore replacing them just because of minor scratches may not be viable.
If yours are scratched then there are several ways in which you can remove the scratches without causing further damage. This will apply to mainly minor ones as big ones might not be easy to remove.
In this article, I am going to show you some ways on how to remove scratches from eyeglasses and make them clear again. The most exciting thing is that you are going to use easily available home items to fix scratched glasses.
Check out some of the methods;
1.using Abrasive toothpaste
I bet that by now you know that toothpaste can also be used as an eyeglass scratch remover. Your problem could be how to do it. And that’s why I am here. To begin with, I must admit that it is easier to remove scratches from plastic lenses than from the more sophisticated glass lenses. But it can still be done.
You will need; Toothpaste, soft cloth, water.
How to do it
- Use the soft cloth to rub toothpaste around the scratch on your lenses.
- Rub gently moving in small circles for up to 10 seconds (rubbing hard may destroy their vision correcting ability)
- Rinse with cold water and then wipe dry.
- If you have very stubborn scratches, then you should repeat the process at least four more times to achieve desired results.
2. Using baking soda as an eyeglass scratch repair
Baking soda works almost the same way as toothpaste. In fact, it is the best option if you are not sure whether the toothpaste is non-abrasive It buffs scratches from glasses by acting as a scratch filler.
You will need; Eyeglass cleaning solution, baking soda, a bowl, water and a soft cloth
How to do it
- Spray both sides of the lenses with an eyeglass cleaning solution
- Use a soft cloth to gently polish the lenses to remove any kind of stains and identify where they appear.
- Put two tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl then add 2 tablespoons of water. Stir to make a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on the affected areas on your lenses using a soft cloth, rub gently in small circular motions.
- Rinse the lenses using tap water then pat them dry using a lint-free towel.
- This process should be done repeatedly until you achieve the desired results.
3. Vehicle cleaning wax
Car wax is also used to fix scratched sunglasses. The wax which is primarily used as a windshield scratch remover can do the same trick on your glasses.
You will need; car wax, soft cloth, lint-free towel
How to do it
- Wipe the glasses using the soft cloth to remove dirt
- Buff wax into the lenses using a lint free cloth, rub in circular motions until you achieve the desired effect. Depending on their severity, you may need to reapply the wax more than once until your glasses are clear.
4. Cigarette ash
This sounds a bit weird because all my life I have been warned about the dangers of cigarette smoking. At least we now have a good use for it. Yes, cigarette ash can act as a glass polish for scratches. Yes, you heard me.
All you must do is use your fingers to rub a small amount of ash onto the scratches. Use a lens cleaning cloth to wipe off the ash. Repeat the procedure at least twice before you see results.
5. Brass polish
If you are looking for a way on how to fix scratched plastic glasses, then I suggest that you try brass polish.
How to do it
- Use cotton balls to apply the polish on the affected area. Buff for a few minutes then uses a soft cloth to remove excess polish. This type of scratch removing polish should never be used on the glass because it can damage the lenses further.
Use a piece of clothing to massage a small amount of Vaseline petroleum jelly over the scratches. This coats them and helps fill the crevices. Use another piece of cloth to wipe off the jelly.
Fixing scratched glasses is not as easy as you may think. Using the above remedies does not guarantee that you will permanently clear all the score or mark but to achieve success, combine more than one remedy.
The number one cause of these marks is poor cleaning and poor storage. Try to protect your glasses from such causes. If you are using prescription glasses and they get scratched, then the best solution is always to replace them with new ones.