Anyone who has owned glasses has known the struggle. Whether it's you, or your spouse, or your child, or even a friend, one way or another I bet you have experienced the "oh shit" moment of someone breaking your glasses. Now there are 2 major types of breaks in glasses, and both are kind of a big pain in the butt. As someone who has always struggled with the costly expense of having to obtain a new pair of spectacles, you better believe I've gotten crafty.
Now the first break (which I don't have a picture of because thankfully my current pair weren't broken that way) and most irritating, is the Harry Potter break: Straight down the center, all hope is lost, your $200 frames are totaled, but fret not! There is a solution! My mom showed me this trick multiple times growing up because she simply could not afford to get her 12 year old another pair of glasses.
- Bring your broken specs with you, you'll need exact measurements and visual confirmation.
- Go to your local handy dandy dollar store!
- Find the discounted sunglasses or reading glasses rack
- find and purchase the pair that most resembles the shape and curve of your lenses (not the frames, but the lenses themselves)
- pop out both lenses
- gently file around the edge of your prescription lenses
- apply thin layer of super glue to edges
- pop lenses in new frames, voilà! Good as new!*
*now these frames will not be as strong, but they'll work until you can afford a new pair!
Now for the other hopeless break: The broken hinge
Once a get, even though it seems like it, not all hope is lost! You will need a small screwdriver, $2, alcohol swabs* and a dollar store
- Bring broken frames into the $ store (along with your $2)
- carefully examine each pair of glasses
- find the pair that have sides that most resemble your broken pair and purchase
- when you get home carefully unscrew both pairs of glasses (do not lose the screws!)
- clean edges with alcohol swab *
- align new hinges and carefully screw in
- Voilà! Good as new glasses at the complete price of $2