Introduction

Scratches in eyeglass lenses can make them difficult to see through. Fortunately, scratches can be fixed to make your glasses look just like new. Keep your glasses clear and free of blemishes in these few easy steps.

Place the eyeglasses, wax, and cloth on a flat surface. Place the eyeglasses, wax, and cloth on a flat surface. Place the eyeglasses, wax, and cloth on a flat surface.
  • Place the eyeglasses, wax, and cloth on a flat surface.

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Remove any dirt or debris stuck to the lenses with a soft cleaning cloth. Clean glasses gently; using excessive force can grind dirt into lenses and cause more scratches.
  • Remove any dirt or debris stuck to the lenses with a soft cleaning cloth.

    • Clean glasses gently; using excessive force can grind dirt into lenses and cause more scratches.

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Deck the Halls
With tools and Fix Kits
Dab some vehicle wax on the scratched area of the lens. Dab some vehicle wax on the scratched area of the lens. Dab some vehicle wax on the scratched area of the lens.
  • Dab some vehicle wax on the scratched area of the lens.

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Buff wax into lens with a lint-free cloth using small, circular motions until the scratch is gone. This can take up to 5 minutes. For especially deep scratches, you may need to re-apply wax and buff multiple times. You may need multiple cloths, as the wax sticks to the cloth easily.
  • Buff wax into lens with a lint-free cloth using small, circular motions until the scratch is gone. This can take up to 5 minutes.

  • For especially deep scratches, you may need to re-apply wax and buff multiple times.

  • You may need multiple cloths, as the wax sticks to the cloth easily.

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Using lukewarm water, rinse off glasses for 10-15 seconds to remove any additional wax. To dry off glasses and remove any remaining wax on the lenses, wipe them off using a clean cloth. To dry off glasses and remove any remaining wax on the lenses, wipe them off using a clean cloth.
  • Using lukewarm water, rinse off glasses for 10-15 seconds to remove any additional wax.

  • To dry off glasses and remove any remaining wax on the lenses, wipe them off using a clean cloth.

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Conclusion

For particularly deep or persistent scratches, repeat these steps until the scratch is repaired.

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thank you, i have a scratched lens and will try this. cheers.

amackay5 - Reply

Stupid is as stupid does! Think about it. A scratch is a certain width, when you polish it you are just grinding off the edges of the scratch and actually making it wider. So unless you are capable of removing all the surrounding material to the depth of the deepest part of the scratch AND maintaining the profile to within a very very small tolerance then this just WILL NOT work. Filling the scratch with wax cannot work either as wax does not have the same refractive index as the lens material. Conclusion: take care of your glasses and if you are careless enough to damage them it's your own fault, accept responsibility and replace them.

abscomm - Reply

This sounds like "I've not tried this but I've thought about it for a few minutes and this is what I think will happen". Very short on evidence.

steve -

Actually, abscomm, this isn't POLISHING, it's WAXING which is completely different. POLISHING uses a fine grit to buff the surrounding areas to match the depth of the scratch (Turtle Wax brand has a polishing clay but this isn't talking about that) while WAXING uses WAX to fill in scratches. I was stupid and used TP to dry my glasses bc I was too lazy to go downstairs and find my glasses case with my cloths and they got a lot of really fine scratches. I found this site, tried Turtle Wax, and now ALL of the fine scratches are filled with WAX and buffed with my correct lens cloth to an even, shiny surface and they work fine now. The scratches were so fine that the refractive index (you're so fancy) of the wax doesn't make a difference because it's better than the refraction that occurs when there are scratches even if the scratches were bigger. However, if they were bigger it wouldn't be worth trying because you couldn't see through but mine were about 1/10 of a hair each so this worked great.

Crimson Ananda - Reply

This left my glasses a smeary mess. After using mild soap to wash them three times I believe I have washed all the wax off ☹️

Scott Weber - Reply

It's always best to just get your lens replaced. We can help! http://www.fiteeyecenter.com/

miles.e - Reply

Yes the last fellow says it all

‘have the lens replaced'

Tried all these things wax, nonabrasive toothpaste, baking soda etc etc and nothing works.

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