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

Updated on February 14, 2015

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.


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    • Ardot profile image

      Ardot 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow! Thank you all for your positive feedback, this is the first piece of writing I have submitted to anyone since high school!

    • SaraBond profile image

      SaraBond 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm going on seven years with the same pair of glasses. Luckily I just got vision insurance, so hopefully I can update my prescription, but your tips are great for making sure I get the full use out of my next pair. Very well written article.

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      Rosie Rose 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Ardot, I'm piss broke too. lol A few months ago, I was watching tv in bed and had to get up. I normally put my glasses on the night table, but this time I left it on the bed. Of course, I knelt on my glasses when I came back and broke the frame. Piss broke AND stupid.. that's me. I enjoyed reading your hub.. you got some really crafty ways to fix our glasses with little or no money. Voted up and useful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,


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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      In this economy, any way we can manage to save money is a smart move. Great suggestion for reusing old frames!