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Reduce, Re-Use, And Recycle, Repair Your Current Prescription Glasses

Updated on April 25, 2019

In today's throw-away society, it's all to easy to just ditch your current frames and get yourself a brand new snazzy pair of glasses. What? you aren't made of money? Oh, well then follow some of the tips in this article and hide your frugality behind an environmental cause.

Some Practical Ideas On How To Save Money On Glasses

Glasses are expensive. I've been "needing" new glasses for the past six years, but I've been able to dodge the big expense by using some practical ideas to repair them.

Before I divulge my crafty ideas to modify my current frames to suit my needs, I must say that it is still very important to get your eyes checked and to make sure your prescription is correct... there's no cheap way around that.

Okay, so that being said, I've lucked out the last couple of years because my prescription did not change enough to warrant new lenses, however, somehow my head has gotten fatter... my frames began digging into the sides of my temples. Funny enough it was my hairdresser who pointed it out to me. So to solve this problem I simply bent the arms into a cool curvy shape to accommodate my fat head. Now they look like those cool sport glasses.

Next crappy frames issue to tackle was the paint peeling on the side of the frame thus causing a rash on the side of my head where the arms made contact. To remedy this I used small black heat shrink tubing and cut it to the length of the whole arm, heated it up to shrink and VOILA! They look as good as new and saved me the cost of new glasses.

Preventive Maintenance

It is always a good idea to be careful with glasses. I never fold the arms as this just increases wear and tear on the frames. When I put them down I gently place them up-side down om my nightstand. By resting them upside down they are more stable and will reduce the risk of having the front of the lens being scratched by flipping frontwards.

Another very important tip is to get a small jewelry/watchmaker screwdriver set and use this to keep your screws nice and tight. If you've got a screw that loosens very easily you can use a droplet of lock-tite on the threads of the screw to prevent any further movement. I've seen the screwdriver and the lock-tite for sale at the dollar store. The last thing you would want to happen is having a lens pop out.

So even thou you're broke, it doesn't mean you can't have a nice looking pair of glasses.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Ardot


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