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Six Methods To Removing Scratches From Your Eyeglasses

Scratches on eyeglasses are annoying and can be dangerous if they interfere with your vision.  While the best thing to do is avoid scratching your glasses, the reality is that a scratch on your eyeglasses is likely to happen at some point.  There are some quick scratch repairs you can try to do at home before throwing in the towel and replacing your lenses.

Before using any of the following strategies, put on a pair of plastic gloves.  Wipe your lenses with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust particles.  Next, clean any smudges off of them with eyeglass cleaner.  Always use a gentle, circular motion when applying a solution to your lenses unless specifically directed not to.

  1. Non-Abrasive Toothpaste Use a cotton, soft wool, or microfiber cloth for this project.  Apply a small amount of the toothpaste on the lenses, and rub gently with the cloth.  Rinse with cold water and wipe dry with a clean cloth.  Examine the lenses for scratches.  You may need to repeat this process several times. 
  2. Baking Soda Make a mixture using baking soda and water.  Rub the paste on the lenses with a microfiber cloth.  Rinse with lukewarm water, and pat dry.  Repeat as necessary.
  3. Clear Coat Vehicle Wax Some people use the vehicle wax alone, but others recommend using it after the mixture of baking soda and water.  Apply a small amount to the lenses, then rub with a microfiber cloth to buff out scratches. 
  4. Windshield Water Repellants Rubbing a windshield water repellant on your lenses with a soft cloth will help surface scratches, but is unlikely to help deeper scratches.
  5. Brass Polish If you have scratches on a pair of plastic lenses, using brass polish may help.  It is important to not use this type of solution on a pair of glass lenses, as it could damage them.  Apply directly to the scratch with a cotton cloth and rub it in. Remove the excess polish with a clean, dry cloth. 
  6. Glass Etching Compound This is another option that should not be used on glass lenses, but only on plastic lenses.  Put a thick coat of the solution on the lenses, but don't rub it in.  This compound is abrasive, and rubbing it in will cause more damage.  Let sit for ten minutes, rinse, and wipe dry.  If scratches still remain, do it again.

If these methods work to remove your scratches, protect your eyeglasses by keeping them in protective case.  If scratches still remain that impact your vision, make an appointment with your eye doctor to replace your lenses. Need more help? Contact a company like Eye Tech Optical with any questions you have.