How to Fix Scratched Glasses Lenses | 5 Best Ways

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How to Get Scratches Out of Glasses:
Our 5 Best Tips

You have just purchased some fantastic BON CHARGE blue light blocking glasses, and you see you got a scratch on the lens—a total heart sink moment. 

Sometimes lenses can become scratched, but there are do-it-yourself solutions to help remove scratches.

Scratches can occur for many reasons, including when you put your blue light glasses in your bag without the carry pouch and case, place them face down on an abrasive surface or you put them in a draw with other objects like keys. 

In this article, we are going to show you five ways that you can fix any scratches on your glasses. Whether these be regular prescription eyeglasses or blue light glasses from BON CHARGE or even another brand.

Aftercare service is especially important to us, that is why we wanted to show you how to fix scratches on your glasses lenses should this happen during their life with you.


Can You Remove Scratches From Glasses at Home?

Scratches are a problem for anybody who wears glasses. Wear and tear are a natural part of wearing glasses daily, but can you buff out scratches on glasses in the first place?

The good news is you can. Several DIY options are available to remove smaller scratches. However, you should remember that when trying to fix scratched lenses at home, you may cause further damage if you are not careful.

Most professionals will decline to fix scratched glasses. Instead, they will recommend new lenses. While this may be disappointing, the truth is most minor scratches are an aesthetic problem and will not impact your site.

Before discussing how to get scratches out of glasses, when should you see a professional? If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, it is time to visit your optician:

  • Is the scratch a significant one?
  • Have I tried to remove scratches from glasses and had no results?
  • Is the scratch impacting my vision?

Allowing scratches to remain unchecked diminishes the impact of your glasses. Your eyes are forced to adapt to constantly seeing something unnatural. Over time, your eyes will adapt to the presence of scratches, but this could cause long-term problems.

Address scratches immediately to preserve your vision for the future.

When scratches impact your vision, it can feel like you have something permanently in your eye. It can make life difficult, but you may also experience symptoms like headaches. By knowing how to remove scratches from prescription glasses, you can keep your specs in tip-top condition.


5 Ways to Remove Scratches from Glasses

Wondering how to get scratches out of glasses? You’ve got several options for how to fix scratches on glasses. Make sure you follow the instructions to the letter. Mistakes can ruin your glasses irreparably and leave you with a costly repair bill.

Although modern lenses are made from rigid plastic rather than conventional glass, they are still vulnerable to damage through improper DIY buffing methods.


1. Use Baking Soda

Baking Soda

Whenever you need to give something a deep clean, fix scratched glasses or cook an epic dish, baking soda comes to the rescue.

Baking soda is a great alternative to toothpaste and polish if you do not know whether these substances are too abrasive.

If you are not sure and you do not want to damage your blue light glasses, it’s best to opt for the baking soda method to fix those scratched glasses.

Baking soda is the most common fix for scratched lenses. This common kitchen ingredient’s abrasion rating is seven RDA, making it lower than many other household items. Baking soda will not risk wearing away the surface of your scratched glasses and risk damaging them permanently.

Follow these steps:

  1. Mix baking soda and water until it forms a paste
  2. Apply the paste to your glasses with a lint-free cloth
  3. Rub with a circular motion for roughly 30 seconds
  4. Remove the baking soda with a clean, damp cloth
  5. Allow glasses to dry and repeat as necessary


2. Use Toothpaste


Toothpaste is not just great for cleaning your teeth, but also remarkably good at removing pesky scratches from your blue light blocking glasses.

Contrary to popular belief, expensive toothpaste is not necessary. Instead, search for a non-abrasive, non-gel toothpaste. These kinds of toothpaste tend to be plain, white, and focus on teeth whitening.

Many toothpastes also contain baking soda, which is a highly effective technique for how to get rid of scratches on glasses.

Follow these steps:

  1. Add a small amount of non-abrasive toothpaste to a tissue or some cotton wool.
  2. Carefully buff away the scratches.
  3. If the scratches on your lenses are deep then you would most likely have to repeat this process several times to remove the scratches from your lenses.


Be aware that toothpaste is more abrasive than most people think. Apply just a tiny amount of toothpaste and rub gently. Too much pressure or the wrong toothpaste may ruin your lenses. Make sure you tread carefully when using the toothpaste method.


3. Use Metal Polish

Metal Polish

We know what you are thinking, my scratched lenses are not made of metal so how does metal polish help!

BON CHARGE blue light blocking glasses lenses are made from a laboratory grade CR39 plastic and if they become scratched a combination of metal polish and rubbing alcohol can fix the scratches.

What you will need is the lowest abrasive metal polish; anything strong could damage the lenses further on your blue light filtering glasses.

Follow these steps:

  1. Utilize just a small amount of metal polish. You can choose brass, silver, or metal polish, depending on what you have available. Never use any form of polish on lenses made from glass.
  2. Use a clean cloth to apply the polish and buff away. It may take a good few minutes to begin seeing the effect.
  3. Watch for the visibility of the scratches. You may need to apply additional polish if you do not see any results.
  4. Remove excess polish using a clean cloth. Try adding rubbing alcohol to your glasses to clean up the lenses of any remaining residue.


4. Use Glass Etching Cream

Glass Etching Cream

If the cheap and more hassle-free methods above do not work in removing the scratches from your glasses you can buy some glass etching cream.

Glass etching cream is great for removing scratches from plastic lenses.

BON CHARGE blue light glasses use a lab grade plastic lens so etching cream is an epic option in removing scratches from blue light glasses.

Glass etching creams contain an active ingredient, Hydrofluoric Acid, which helps to remove the outer coating on the plastic and will buff away at the scratch.

We would only recommend this method on the Computer Glasses range as using this method on the Blue Light Blocking Glasses or Light Sensitivity glasses lenses may result in tint degradation.

Sometimes, DIY methods fail to get the job done. Deep scratches may be a problem. Glass etching cream is an excellent option for tackling those challenging scratches. For how to remove scratches from glasses using cream, understand that long-term damage may occur.

The cream should be removed quickly, as these powerful substances can cause severe damage. It is also why you should wear gloves when using it.

Follow these steps:

  1. Use a cotton swab to apply your etching cream to the lens.
  2. Let the formula sit for five minutes. Avoid rubbing the cream into the lenses, like toothpaste or baking soda.
  3. Rinse in room temperature water until the cream is gone.
  4. Dry the lenses with a microfiber cloth.


5. Use Car Cleaning Wax

Car Cleaning Wax

Car cleaning wax works in much the same way that polish and toothpaste work, except it is less abrasive which makes it a safe option so you do not damage your glasses.

Follow these steps:

  1. Apply car cleaning wax to your scratched lenses.
  2. Rub gently in with a soft cloth.
  3. You should see this will smooth over any undesirable marks or scratches and make your blue light blocking glasses like new.

6 Tips to Prevent Scratched Glasses

Understanding how to fix scratched glasses is helpful, but it can only go so far. Not all scratches can be improved. Taking proactive action and practicing good glasses care can save you a lot of problems later.

With disease, prevention is better than cure and the same is true for blue light glasses becoming scratched.

Below are three tips to help prevent your blue light glasses or computer glasses from becoming scratched.


1. Regularly Clean Your Blue Light Glasses

Clean blue light glasses

Whilst we always recommend cleaning your blue light blocking glasses, its essential to clean them using the correct materials.

BON CHARGE blue light glasses come with a special cleaning cloth that will not scratch your lenses.

We share more info on how to clean blue light glasses properly.


2. Handle Your Glasses with Care

Take care when removing your glasses from your case, putting them on or placing them down.

To prevent scratching your blue light glasses do not put them lens down on hard surfaces.

Whenever possible we recommend handling your blue light blocking glasses using both hands with a firm grip. This will avoid you needing to know how to fix your broken glasses.


3. Always Use a Glasses Case

BON CHARGE Glasses Case

When you do not use a case, you risk scratching your glasses. Keys, lens, hard surfaces and other sharp items may leave scratches on your glasses which is far from ideal.

All BON CHARGE blue light blocking glasses come with a protective case which should be used to house your blue light glasses whenever you’re not wearing them.


4. Add an Anti-Scratch Coating

Anti-scratch coatings may be applied to all glasses. These coatings are present but not visible to the average person.

You cannot apply a coating after you have already scratched your glasses. Getting a pair of glasses with this coating helps prevent those little scrapes.

Thankfully, most prescription and non-prescription glasses already have scratch resistance built into the lenses. In many cases, you will never need to ask.


5. Never Leave Your Glasses in the Car

In the same way as you would never leave your pet in the car, avoid leaving your glasses in the car. The inside of a vehicle is hotter than you think, and these temperatures can change quickly when stationary.

High temperatures will warp your glasses and damage the lenses. Always make sure you take your glasses with you, even when you have no intention of putting them on.


6. Keep Them On

The number one method of preventing scratches is to keep wearing your glasses. Constantly putting them on and taking them off increases the chances of experiencing scratches.

Most of the time, people who wear their glasses are far less likely to experience damage than those who only wear them occasionally.


Final Thoughts

Figuring out how to get scratches out of glasses can save you a lot of time and hassle visiting the optician. Most professionals will not concern themselves with minor scratches that have no impact on your vision.

BON CHARGE blue light blocking glasses are manufactured to the same industry standards as the prescription glasses you will see with your local optician. 

To learn more about protecting your glasses and purchase Blue Light Glasses that can stand up against the trials and tribulations of the day, get in touch with BON CHARGE now.

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