How to Replace Eyeglass Lenses

Whether you wear metal or plastic frames, there is a good chance that you will lose an eyeglass lens at some time. If the lens is still intact with no cracks or chips, you can place it back into the frame. The methods for replacing a lens in a metal frame versus a plastic frame are different; however, with a few supplies you can perform either procedure and avoid a trip to the optometrist.


Things You’ll Need:
Small screwdriver
Hot water

Metal Frame
1 Loosen the screw from the side temple, but don’t remove it all the way. If you accidentally unscrew the screw a little too far and it falls out, set it to the side so that you won’t lose it.

2 Hold your eyeglass frame with one hand as you carefully slip the lens into place from inside the eyeglass frame.

3 Slide the lens into the rim of your frame starting at the outside near the screw. Adjust the lens on the inside of the rim near the nose.

4 Tighten the screw with the screwdriver. Be careful not to bend or twist the frame as you tighten the screw.

Plastic Frame
1 Put the plastic frame in a bowl of hot water for 20 minutes or until it becomes soft and pliable.

2 Hold your frame in one hand as you gently press the lens into the plastic frame with the other.

3 Push the lens inside the nose area of your frame. It will snap into the eyeglass frame easily with a bit of pressure.

Tips & Warnings
To avoid losing tiny screws when you remove them from a metal frame, put a piece of double-sided tape on the work surface and stick the screws on the tape.
Be careful when you try to snap a lens back into a plastic frame. Do not press down so hard that you accidentally break your lens against the plastic.