What Should You Do If Your Plastic Eye Glass Frames Become Bent?

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What Should You Do If Your Plastic Eye Glass Frames Become Bent?

19 January 2016
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It's probably happened to just about every eyeglass owner at one time or another: the frames get bent and can't be worn. Now you're faced with a quandary. Do you bring the frames to the optometrist for repair, or do you try to bend them back yourself?

Bringing your eyeglasses to the optometrist for a repair is always the best method. Your optometrist will be specially trained to bend back the glasses without incurring damage. However, if it's an emergency and you have a little time to dedicate to the project, the process below will help you bend back your plastic frames into a wearable shape.

Follow these Steps

  1. Identify the part of the glasses that needs to be bent. In some cases, this may not be very obvious. To help you, try putting the glasses on your face or setting them on the table. The part that sticks out is likely the part that needs to be bent back.
  2. Turn on a hair dryer to a high setting and warm the part of the plastic that needs to be bent with the hair dryer. The plastic should become significantly warm but not uncomfortable to touch.
  3. Hold the frames on either side of the section that needs to be bent, and apply gentle pressure to bend plastic back in place. The plastic should move subtly and slowly. Don't rush the bending process. Putting too much pressure on the glasses could cause them to snap. When the plastic begins to cool, put the glasses on your face and examine your work.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the plastic has bent back into the appropriate position.
  5. Put the glasses on and examine yourself in the mirror. Once they're only subtly bent, it may be difficult to tell whether or not your glasses are still crooked. Have a friend take a look and tell you whether or not the glasses need to be bent a little bit more. Repeat the process until the glasses are in proper shape again.

Or, Try this Alternative Method

  1. Put on a pot of water on the stove.
  2. Turn on the heat to warm the water, but stop it before the water becomes scalding.
  3. Dip your glasses into the hot water bath for several seconds.
  4. Remove the glasses and bend the frames as described above.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 until the glasses have been repaired.

For more information, contact Vision Eyeland Super Optical LLC or a similar location.