I've polished plastics with CD/DVD scratch remover, from a GPS screen
to a swimming pool filter basket cover with excellent results.
Or you could try the contents of those plastic headlight rejuvenator
kits; 600-1000 grit sandpaper and a little automotive rubbing
compound. If those scratches end up too coarse you can finish with
Just one review of lens scratch repair.
Note this paragraph:
"We contacted a local optometrist and a major specialty eyeglass
retailer and both had the same response -- they don't do scratch repair.
There's no such animal".
Of course not!
The whole business of an optomitrist is to sell glasses. Pretty silly
to repair your glasses when he can make so much more profit selling
you a new pair.
If your lenses are the only problem, you should be able to replace
them fairly cheaply, as the real $$$ is in the frames. If your
optomitrists neglected to point out this fact, you need to find
another one. If you have plastic lenses, it's your only option, as
they cannot be repaired. I've always opted for tempered safety glass
lenses, which will take years of surface abuse with little effect.
I've only had one pair of plastic lenses. Never again.
There are good optomitrist offices, but they are hard to find. I know of
one that routinely repaired my frames, often for free. I have a
particularly special pair with hex facet lenses in gold wire frames.
This pair is worth saving and the opto office I use has done major
repair work, going so far as to send them out to a jeweler to have the
nose piece resoldered. I need to contact them again, and mail my
glasses to them as I now live three states away and no one around
here will even touch them.
One last secret about buying new glasses. Ask to see their line of
"safety" glasses or find an opto that caters to safety glasses
wearers. The frames of safety glasses are typically 50-75% cheaper
than regular frames, which are priced strictly for profit. As a
one-time machinist, I discovered stylin' safety glasses years ago and
found they are often offered in styles just as hip and chic as any
others, just a smaller selection. They're better made, too. More
rugged and robust.
My current single lens every day glasses are black framed
aviator-style safety glasses with PhotoGray tempered safety glass
lenses. I've been wearing them for 15 yrs and I'm very hard on my
glasses. Best pair of glasses I've ever owned, yet were relatively
cheap, price wise.
You won't ever catch me in glass lenses. Your statement may be correct for
you, but for many of us, plastic is quite a big step forward for comfort. I
wear a high index as they are even lighter in my prescription. If they were
glass, I'd need a chin prop to hold my head up with the extra weight.
As for price, some are cheap, but if you have or need some of the options,
lenses get very expensive. Frames though, are very overpriced. Sometimes
you get lucky and my last frame was $15.
Once in my life did I put a serious scratch in a lens. I was 10 years old
and was home from getting my new glasses for about an hour. Someone tossed
something at me and it hit the lens and put a scratch right down the center.
Don't forget that broken glass in the eye isn't fun.
High index (of refraction) lenses are obviously lighter than the alternatives
but they also have nasty chromatic aberration. I assume you're very
It's more where you buy them than what you buy. My OD charges $75 for
anti-glare coatings, where some charge $10 for exactly the same thing.
I put a pretty good ding in my other pair, when I was putting up the Christmas
lights this year. A 15' fall into the rocks below did a real number on them.
Oh, well. I'm due for new lenses in a month or two.
I was and Ed was replying to me. Besides, all optical quality glass
eyeglass lenses, even if not specifically designed as industrial
safety glasses, are at the very least safety tempered. Be pretty
stupid to sell glasses to folks that could break in their eyes. Major
lawsuits of such monumental proportions as to make glass lenses not
only dangerous, but no doubt illegal. To the best of my knowledge,
they are neither. Do you actually believe there are optomitrists out
there dumb enough to sell potentially hazardous eyeglasses?
Now, "cheap sunglasses" are a whole other ballgame. No telling what
the Chinese are importing.
I bought 2 pair at Sears Optical for 99 bucks. I also keep mine in
the case when I am not using them.
I saved this link, but I have never used them. These are so cheap
they could be considered disposable. Bifocals for 16 bucks.
Any polishing will screw up the prescription, leaving waviness or
other aggravating distortions. Find your written prescription for the
glasses and shop for online sources to have new ones made. The profit
margin on glasses is rather high, and a very competitive supplier will
likely have something within your budget.
BAD idea, if you ever drive into a setting sun- you won't be able to see
anything. If it is just one major scratch, I'd learn to live with it-
you will learn to tune it out by turning your head slightly. You won't
even notice you are doing it. I have a pair of glasses like that now.
And like the others said, if you have a current scrip, shop around for
some cheap replacements. But be aware- the coating quality on cheap
glasses is often abysmal, and the center-to-center pupil distance is
critical. And if your scrip is strong, forget about thin lenses- you'll
see rainbows around everything except at the exact center. Tried those
once, took them back in 3 days.
When I was much younger and poorer I used Turtle Wax, the automotive stuff,
to improve but not repair plastic lenses.
Once you clean them with Windex you will need to apply it again.
Hey for a few bucks, try it. It worked for me.
Do let me know your results.
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