Eyeglasses are an integral part of your daily life, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible. Sometimes, it can seem like they scratch for almost no reason! Is it possible to fix a scratch on your eyeglass lens at home?
Most scratches are fixable with toothpaste, baking soda, or special glasses-scratch removers. Carefully using these with a microfiber cloth and some elbow grease is an easy way to remove slight scratches from the surface of your glasses.
It’s important to avoid scratching your glasses and protect them in an environment that could damage them, as not all damage to the lens can be fixed at home.
Some scratches may require a more practiced eye, though. If there’s a deep scratch on your glasses, you should speak with your optometrist during your next comprehensive eye exam so they can fix your existing lens or order a new pair.
At-Home Methods to Remove Scratches from Glasses
If you discover a scratch on your glasses, don’t worry—several methods exist to remove them.
Baking Soda Paste
Mix a small amount of baking soda with water until it forms a thick paste. Apply this paste to the affected area on the lens using a soft cloth, cotton ball, or cotton swab. Let this mixture sit for a moment, and then rinse the glasses with warm water before drying and cleaning with a dry, lint-free cloth.
Using non-gel toothpaste can also be effective when removing a scratch. Make sure the glasses are dry, and apply toothpaste to the scratch. Grab a soft, dry cloth and rub it gently in a circular motion over the lens, then rinse off the toothpaste with warm water and dry the glasses with a clean cloth.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Though we’ve all heard what happens if you mix too much of this, a small amount is fine. Mixing a small amount of vinegar and baking soda will create a paste. Apply the paste to the scratched surface and let it sit for a moment, then rub the area gently with a soft cloth. Rinse off the paste with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
In some circumstances, wax may be the way to go. There are some kinds of automotive and furniture polish that can help. It’s important to read the label clearly before applying any type of wax to your glasses—you want non-abrasive wax designed for clear surfaces. Avoid anything with harsh fumes or chemicals.
Start by cleaning the glasses thoroughly using a lens cleaner and a gentle microfiber cloth. Then apply the wax to the lens, using a soft cloth or even your finger to smooth it over the surface. Use a soft cloth to begin buffing the wax, using a gentle touch and a circular motion. Continue this until the wax is smoothed over.
After this, inspect the glasses in clear lighting to ensure the scratch is filled, then use a lens cleaner to remove any residue.
How to Prevent Scratches on Your Glasses
When it comes to scratches on your glasses, prevention is one of the most important things. It helps to do the following to avoid scratching them:
- Properly store the glasses. Store them in a protective case when they aren’t in use to shield them from dust and debris in the air.
- Follow proper cleaning techniques. Use a clean microfiber cloth when cleaning your lenses. Avoid tissues, paper towels, or clothing, as these can retain dust and debris and scratch the lens when pressure is applied.
- Rinse the lens before cleaning them. This removes dust, debris, and oils and makes it much safer to clean them with a cloth.
- Avoid harsh chemicals near your glasses. Only use soap and warm water or recommended eyeglass lens cleaners.
Can an Optometrist Remove Scratches from Glasses?
While these at-home methods may help deal with scratches on your glasses, deeper or severe scratches may require a more professional touch. Optometrists have access to specialized tools and equipment that can help them repair most damage done to your lenses.
It’s important to note that not all scratches can be repaired. In some situations, the optometrist may recommend replacing the lens altogether if the scratches are too extreme.
Having scratches on your glasses can be frustrating, but it’s a fixable problem. Schedule an appointment with us today here at Charles Korth Optometry, and let us help clear up your vision!