How to Repair Your Eyeglasses

Try these simple fixes to salvage your specs.


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Protect your eyesight with the tips and advice in this Howcast video series.

You Will Need

  • Duct tape
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • An eyeglass repair kit
  • Superglue
  • A wooden toothpick
  • A paper towel
  • A miniature safety pin
  • All-purpose glue
  • A metal staple
  • A wire coat hanger
  • A magnifying glass
  • Clear nail polish


  1. Review the warranty for your eyeglasses. Making repairs yourself may invalidate it.

  2. Step 1

    Identify the problem

    Holding your glasses by the nosepiece, closely examine them to determine what needs repair. Use a magnifying glass for assistance.

  3. Step 2

    Adjust overstretched hinge

    For an overstretched hinge, cover the tips of needle-nose pliers with duct tape to avoid any lens scratching. Then, use them to gently bend the hinge back into place.

  4. If the hinge still feels loose, secure it with a small rubber ring for reinforcement.

  5. Step 3

    Glue broken hinge

    If a hinge has broken off, dab a small amount of superglue to the end of a toothpick and apply the glue to both the hinge and frame. Firmly hold it in place for 1 minute. Wipe away any excess glue with a paper towel. The earpiece should bend normally.

  6. Step 4

    Replace missing screws

    Replace screws that have fallen out with ones from the repair kit. You can also fasten a miniature safety pin through the hole, or slip in a metal staple coated in all-purpose glue, bending the ends with pliers to fit around the hinge. If you use a staple, you won't be able to fold your glasses.

  7. Dab clear nail polish on top of the screw after tightening it to keep it in place.

  8. Step 5

    Fix an earpiece

    If you’ve snapped off an earpiece, reattach it with superglue.

  9. Step 6

    Make an emergency earpiece

    If you’re in a real bind, build a temporary earpiece. Using pliers, cut a section of the wire hanger to the same length of the original earpiece. Curve one end of the wire to fit your ear, and glue the other end to the frame. Secure the earpiece to the frames by wrapping a strip of duct tape around them.

  10. Save old glasses. While you might not have any use for them now, their parts may come in handy for future replacements and repairs.

  11. Step 7

    Take them in

    While you can make simple, temporary repairs yourself, multiple fractures, warped springs or screw holes, or lenses with deep scratches require professional help. See your optician.

  12. In Europe during the 1300s, the rich typically wore eyeglasses as a symbol of their wealth and power.