Introduction

This repair video served as the inspiration for my guide. A big thanks to danliv99 from YouTube for helping me fix my glasses!

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  • These are the tools I used to insert the screw through the spring hinge. In the video a paperclip was used, but the paperclip I had on-hand could not fit into the tiny recess in order to jam the spring open.

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  • The problem at hand: The screw will not fit through the arm because a spring is pulling on the hinge (and screw hole) in the arm.

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  • Insert a pushpin through the hole and use it as leverage to extend the spring hinge outwards.

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Image 1/2: Once the spring hinge extends outward with the first pushpin, use a second pushpin to keep the hole in the "extended" position: Image 2/2: There will be a small notch revealed once the spring hinge extends outwards. Wedge the second pushpin into that notch so that the hinge doesn't go back inwards.
  • Be careful not to push the pushpin into your finger, as opposed to the small notch that you've just uncovered.

  • Once the spring hinge extends outward with the first pushpin, use a second pushpin to keep the hole in the "extended" position:

    • There will be a small notch revealed once the spring hinge extends outwards. Wedge the second pushpin into that notch so that the hinge doesn't go back inwards.

  • I sadly only have two hands, so I was not able to show how to wedge the pushpin and take the photo.

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Image 1/2: Use a pair of tweezers to insert your eyeglass screw through both holes. Image 2/2: Use a pair of tweezers to insert your eyeglass screw through both holes.
  • With the second pushpin hanging around, line up the eyeglass frame/arm holes together.

  • Use a pair of tweezers to insert your eyeglass screw through both holes.

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Image 1/2: Presto-blamo! Your eyeglasses are fixed. Image 2/2: The same procedure can be used on sunglasses without any problems.
  • Finally, use a 1.2 mm flat-blade screwdriver to secure the arm to the frame.

  • Presto-blamo! Your eyeglasses are fixed.

  • The same procedure can be used on sunglasses without any problems.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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11 Comments

Nice guide. Simple, straight forward and it works. In my experience I used a standard tack because that's all I had. I was able to hold pressure on the tack while I set the arm in place. Worked like a charm.

mtscott - Reply

Thanks for this, the screw came out on my glasses and I'm new to glasses so had no idea how to get the screw back in, thanks again! Saved my life on Xmas eve as I was about to leave my house to head to see my family.

Jake - Reply

Excellent process and photos! I couldn't get a push pin to stay in the gap of my foster grant readers, but used another tiny screwdriver instead. Same idea, slightly different tool. Thanks!

Tom S - Reply

It's kind of confusing. Is there any other simpler explanation?

Carissa Mcellan - Reply

Great post with informative guide. I really appreciated it. Thanks

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awen thomas - Reply

Thank you. Much appreciated

Steve White - Reply

Vey nifty and it works! Used 2 paper clips, 1 to pull out as a loop, and the other to keep the hinge jammed open.

I saw the problem, couldn't keep the hinge pushed out with a fine screwdriver while dropping the screw. This also took some doing, but got it done. Thanks for posting

Kishore Iyer - Reply

My hinge actually broke...looking for Monkey Glue to just cement it. I love these old glasses and want to wear them

Where can I look to have someone just fix them...went to optometrist and gal said they could not be fixed! Anything can be fixed, I think

sdsummit11 - Reply

try fixmyglasses.com. Looks like they can pretty much repair anything and they offer free shipping both ways with no obligation and a one year warranty.

mikerandy1001 -

Thanks for the guide. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to put my glasses back together when the holes didn't line up.

Miguel Duron - Reply

Great, thanks - I'll remember this! What a shame I didn't know this when a screw came out of my glasses a year or so ago. I spent ages wondering how to get it back and eventually had to send them away to be fixed.

By the way, good luck with growing your 3rd arm, and be sure to write an Instructable about it when you succeed - I promise I'll favourite it!

Philip Le Riche - Reply

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