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How to Replace an Eyeglass Lens

by Jeffrey Jenkins
  • Overview

    If you have prescription eyeglasses and one of your lenses falls out, you can replace it yourself and save the cost of a repair. Be careful, though, that you don't accidentally break your lens or your frame. The procedure to replace the lens is different for metal and plastic frames.
  • Metal Frame

 
  • Step 1

    Loosen, but don't remove, the screw from the side piece that normally holds the lens in place. If you unscrew the screw too far and it accidentally falls out, set it aside so you don't lose it.
  • Step 2

    Hold the frame with one hand as you gently slide the lens in from the inside of the frame.
  • Step 3

    Seat the lens into the rim of the metal frame beginning at the outside near the screw and adjust the lens into the inside rim of the nose.
  • Step 4

    Hold the lens in the frame as you tighten the screw, being careful not to bend the metal.
  • Step 5

    Clean the lenses with eyeglass cleaner and a soft cloth.
  • Plastic Frame

    • Step 1

      Soak the plastic frame in hot water for 20 minutes to soften it and make it more pliable.
    • Step 2

      Hold the frame in one hand, and gently push the lens into the frame with the other. Push the lens into the inside nose area. It should snap into the frame.
    • Step 3

      Clean both lenses with a soft cloth and eyeglass cleaner.
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    • Tiny screwdriver Eyeglass cleaner Soft cloth Hot water
    • Tiny screwdriver
    • Eyeglass cleaner
    • Soft cloth
    • Hot water
    • When a lens falls out of your glasses, examine it for chips and cracks that may indicate it needs to be replaced rather than placed back in the glasses. To avoid losing small screws when you take them out of a metal frame, place a piece of double-sided tape on the table, and stick the screw onto the tape.
    • When a lens falls out of your glasses, examine it for chips and cracks that may indicate it needs to be replaced rather than placed back in the glasses.
    • To avoid losing small screws when you take them out of a metal frame, place a piece of double-sided tape on the table, and stick the screw onto the tape.
    • Be careful when trying to snap a lens back into a plastic frame that you don't press so hard you break the lens against the plastic.
    • Be careful when trying to snap a lens back into a plastic frame that you don't press so hard you break the lens against the plastic.

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