How to Fix Scratches on Eyeglasses

Scratches on eyeglasses can interfere with clear vision


It’s inevitable—daily wear and tear, a little carelessness here or there can cause eyeglasses to grow scratches. A pair of eyeglasses with more than its fair share of scratches can be a pain—images can get blurry and visibility can be reduced. While it is tempting to just trade in your scratched eyeglasses for a spanking pair of brand new lenses, sometimes, your budget may not allow this luxury. After all, a new pair of lenses may set you back as much as 400 dollars. Of course, the people at the optometrist’s office will tell you this is the only logical route (for obvious reason) to go but what if you can’t afford to spend that hefty sum? Well, necessity is the mother of ingenuity, so let’s look to the wisdom of quick fixes and home remedies to get the scratches out.

These quick fixes will only work if your eyeglasses are not heavily scratched out. If your eyeglasses have ravines and gouges running on them, it’s time to seriously consider getting a new pair of replacing the lenses. Now, that we’ve have that established, let’s explore some options.

  • Eyeglasses Scratch Kit

A basic eyeglasses scratch kit is easy to find—go to any drug stores, your local optical shops or find them online—the kits are rather inexpensive and they claim to work. There are of course different brands but a basic eyeglass kit comes with a polish and a soft cloth. Follow instructions closely for best results. First clean off eyeglasses and apply polish. Allow to set for stipulated time. Then, use cloth to gently buff away scratches. Some people recommend patience as you may have to apply caution and care when polishing, so as not to over-buff it. Polish until polish is gone. It may not work on anti-scratch lenses or sunglasses as polishing may remove shade. Not a good idea.

  • Liquid Filler

Another type of eyeglass scratch kit works on the principle that scratches can be filled and then smoothed out to achieve a smooth clear surface (like they were just brought). Usually, a liquid lense polymer is used to fill and seal scratches. To use it, apply liquid lense polymer and then work the filler in with soft circular motion using a soft cloth. This will help to work filler into scratches and allow it to seal as well, making the lenses clear again. A popular liquid filler that is often advertised in Lens DRx but reviews have been mixed.

  • Home Remedies

Over the years, ingenious ways have been invented to fix the scratches at home. Why spend money on fixing lenses that have up-to-date prescription? There are many options and different people swear by different methods but if you’re not sure, it is best to try it out on a practice piece of glass or plastic. Here are some choices and you can easily find them in your kitchen cabinet or get them from the store:

  • Amor Etch: You can buy this at Michaels or any hardware store. It is essentially a glass-etching chemical and should not be used on glass lenses. However, it can be used on plastic lenses and results are often satisfactory.
  • Waxy products such as Lemon Pledge and Carnauba: Works by filling up scratches and reducing appearances of scratches
  • Comet Cleanser, Baking Soda and Toothpaste: Use carefully especially it can be abrasive if too much is used or you’re too eager with the buffing.
  • Rubbing alcohol and diluted ammonia: These inexpensive cleaning solutions/disinfectants can be used to clean scratched eyeglasses too.
  • Baby Oil: Gentle on babies and gentle on eyeglasses when used to buff out scratches.

  • Prevention

Don’t want to bother with polishing out those scratches? The best way is to prevent the scratches from happening in the first place. With a little effort, eyeglasses can be kept in good condition for a long time. Always store eyeglasses in the case it came in. Make sure the case is sturdy and well-cushioned on the inside. And never, if possible, put eyeglasses in pockets or handbags without the case. Cleaning eyeglasses with tissue paper, paper towel and rough cleaning cloths can create scratches too. Optometrists agree that a mild detergent is best for cleaning eyeglasses and dry it with a soft cloth thereafter.

  • Considerations

When buying a pair of eyeglasses, consider the type of lenses used. Plastic lenses tend to scratch more than glass ones. Some polishes will not work on eyeglasses made with a protective coating or an anti-reflective coating.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I like your at the test that's good suggestions for repairing those little scratches we inevitably get in her glasses. Thanks for all the tips.

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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

I'm forwarding this article to my bf. His clumsiness has caused him to be extremely (yet unintentionally) abusive to his glasses. Thanks for the nifty tips. :)

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Ingenira 5 years ago

Great idea. It is definitely a better idea to use this eyeglasses scratch kit to remove the scratches than to replace the lens. The lens would easily cost 10 times more. My son scratches his glasses so easily, being a boy, which is a normal thing. You have just given me an excellent idea to overcome this problem without having have to pay much for it. Thank you !

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I'm going to have to try a few of your great suggestions. My glasses always seem to attract those annoying little scratches.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Thanks for the great tips. I am going to bookmark this for sure. Rated up and useful.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Pamela, for being the first here. Appreciate your comments.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Om, your bf should be so lucky (and thankful) he has someone looking out for him. Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Ingenira, thanks for dropping by. I know lots about boys--my son just about loses a sweater everyday. At the moment, he's still searching for his wallet and he has no clue where he left it. Good luck with buffing out the scratches.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice tips from you. I am wearing eyeglasses right now. I have my own cleaner to wash my eyeglasses. But you give alternative and it's very useful for us. Thanks for writing this. I also enjoy the video above. Rated up as usual. Have a great day!


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

KoffeeKlatch, thanks for your comments. I know glasses seem to attract scratches.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, toknowinfo, for visiting and for rating it up.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

prasestio, good to know you've your own cleaner. By the way, those glasses look good on you. Thanks for rating it up.

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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Great Hub!

Thanks for the information! I never knew that you could repair scratched lenses. My son is always scratching his glasses and I will have to try one of these fixes! Thank you for the useful Hub!


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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore

We all had our eyes checked when we were at primary six and I was told that I needed glasses. My mother made me a pair and I'm proud to say that I never used it.

But, sad to say, things are starting to get just a little bit more blurry than usual and your hub might come in useful for me in the coming years. :(

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

J.S. Matthews, good to see u again. Glad you can help your son fix his glasses:)

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Good to see u here, wandererh. How did you get away with not using those prescribed glasses all these years? Thanks for dropping by with your comments.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh thank you so much I have a pretty pair of eyeglasses that I love and yet I got a terrible scratch on the middle of the lens, right where it can't be avoided. Thanks for the tips on getting rid of and how to fix scratches on eyeglasses. :) katie

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Katie, I see your glasses--they look cool on you. Good luck with the scratch and once again, thanks for dropping by.

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yenajeon 5 years ago from California

Wow, useful! =)

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wandererh 5 years ago from Singapore

I'm the kind who likes to travel light and even a pair of eyeglasses is extra baggage I don't need. So I tried to do without them and found that I could function normally. So, no eyeglasses for me. More than 30 years later, I'm still all right, but reading smaller print in less well lit areas is starting to give me problems. :(

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, yenajeon!

wandererh, yes, we all want to travel light. Good thing for ladies, we can carry a handbag to pack everything in. For men, well, you have pockets and wallets. Looks like you may need glasses soon...too bad but everyone needs them eventually. Thanks for dropping by.

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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

Extremely useful advice. Saves one having to get a new pair. I always have baby oil at home, so that's handy.

Thanks :)

Montecristodog 5 years ago

I like your article. Well written. Will try it on my glasses. Thanks.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Lady E, good to see u here. Baby oil is so versatile. Thanks for commenting.

Montecristodog, Thanks for your kind comments.

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penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

This article comes at a good time when people are watching their money and buying a new pair of glasses isn't as easy financially as it once was. Thanks for this article.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

penlady, you're totally right. Thanks for commenting.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this info on repairing eyeglass scratches. I need it today! :)

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Good to hear that. Thanks, Rtalloni, for visitng my hub.

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katrinasui 5 years ago

Great tips especially video is very useful.

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Katina, glad you found it useful.

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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

cannot fix scratches on eye glasses especially if they are the new plastics or light weight glass... there are some liquids that can be used... but once the liquid dries up... the scratches reappear...

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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

I hear you, Trsmd, plastic lenses can be more difficult. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

Damien 5 years ago

Hello, Thanks for this we sell eyeglasses ( and we often get people who contact us for a replacement lense after scratching one, I will point them in this direction.


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anglnwu 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Damien, appreciate that...a lot. Checked out your website-very cool.

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carrierichard 4 years ago from California, USA

Great suggestions - have 3 kids and have started wearing sunglasses already and have scratches all over...will some of the above ideas.

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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Nothing irritates more than a tiny scratch that blurs your vision. Your advice was most welcome.

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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Some useful good suggestions here and will be a real help for regular glass users. Sharing with friends using glasses. Rated your hub as useful.

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anglnwu 4 years ago Author

Carrie, glad you find this useful. Thanks for your comments.

Anjii, I know--not being able to see clearly through our glasses is annoying. Thanks for commenting.

dinkan, thanks for reading and sharing. Glad you came by to comment.

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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Very helpful tips! I have an older prescription that is my "backup" pair of glasses— I'll try your methods to remove the scratches. Thanks! Another helpful and practical article! Keep up the good work!

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anglnwu 2 years ago Author

Laura, thanks for your positive comments.

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