How to Fix Broken Eyeglasses at Home During COVID-19

Have you accidentally dropped, stepped on, or sat on your eyeglasses? While our Calgary eye clinics are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are always on hand to help. However, depending on the severity of your broken frames, you may be able to salvage them through some tips and tricks.

Have you accidentally broken your eyeglasses? If you don’t have a spare pair, fixing your frame quickly is very important because without your prescription eyeglasses, your vision will be severely limited and you may experience uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • Eye strain/fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty performing certain activities (eg, driving, reading or watching TV)
  • Frequent squinting

Have You Broken Your Eyeglasses? Our Calgary Eye Doctors are Open For Eye Emergencies and Repairs During COVID-19

Have you broken your frames and you don’t know how to get them fixed during this time of COVID-19? Our Calgary eye doctors are always here to help. Our Creekside clinic is open for eye emergency care by appointment only, but if you do require any repairs, we will do our best to help.

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In addition to emergency eye care and repairs, we are offering deliveries for contact lenses or other eye care products to those in quarantine or patients who are feeling unwell.

Our Calgary Eye Doctors Are Offering Telehealth Services During COVID-19

We are also offering telemedicine services and we can arrange for a telephone or video consultation to answer any questions you may have regarding your vision.

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How to Fix Broken Eyeglasses At Home During COVID-19: Top Tips From Our Calgary Eye Doctors

For anyone who wears eyeglasses, you know just how inconvenient and frustrating it can be when you accidentally break your frame. Depending on the severity of damage, there are some ways you can salvage your eyeglasses.

Here are some possible scenarios and how to approach fixing your broken eyeglasses:

The Frame Around the Lens Has Broken

It is not uncommon for the frame around your lens to break, especially at the bridge. Unfortunately, if your frames are metal, you cannot fix them at home. Why? Metal frames require welding, which is why you can only get them fixed at a well-equipped eye clinic.

However, if you have plastic frames, you may have a little more leeway when it comes to home-based solutions, and you may be able to temporarily fix them using bonding glue.

Here’s how:

  1. Clean the damaged areas to ensure that no dust or particles are present.
  2. Cover your lens with wax paper to avoid spilling glue on them.
  3. Apply bonding glue to the two pieces that are to be glued together.
  4. Hold the pieces together for at least 60 seconds.
  5. Let the glasses sit for 15-20 minutes.

Tip: Be careful when using bonding glue to fix your frames. It can be very difficult to remove any glue that accidentally gets on your lens. If in doubt, give our Calgary eye doctors a call.

The Arm Has Broken

Over time, you may find that the arm of your eyeglasses breaks off, and this is generally due to wear and tear and is caused by the hinge screw falling out. There are two ways you can fix this:

  1. Use an eyeglass repair kit. If you have an eyeglass repair kit, you’re in luck! These kits come with spare screws, a screwdriver, nose pads, and a magnifier. So simply replace your lost screw with a screw from the kit.
  1. Use a toothpick: While this should not be your first option, in some cases, you can use a toothpick to temporarily hold the arm in place instead of a screw. Simply place the toothpick where the screw should go and then trim off any excess toothpick.

Tip: Always contact your Calgary eye doctor first before trying any at home methods to fix your glasses. Such a professional can provide you with the right advice to make sure you don’t do any further damage to your frame.

The Nose Pad is Broken

Fixing a broken nose pad is quite straightforward. Simply use a nose pad screwdriver from your eyeglass repair kit to loosen the screw holding the nose pad to your glasses, remove the nose pad, and replace it with a new one.

Don’t have an eyeglass repair kit? You may be able to pick up nose pads from your eye clinic. Call us today and we can recommend the best way forward.

When Your Eyeglasses Can’t Be Fixed

Unfortunately, there may be a time when your eyeglasses are so damaged that they are beyond repair. For example, if your plastic frame is broken in multiple areas, no amount of glue can hold them in place and you may need to buy a new pair.

Likewise, if your lenses are cracked or shattered, there is no way to salvage them. Cracked lenses will not only limit your vision, but they can also cause harm to your eyes.

Our Calgary Eye Doctors Are Here To Help You Through COVID-19 With Our Telemedicine Services

Do you have broken glasses? Do you need more contact lenses, or have an eye emergency that requires immediate treatment? While our eye clinics are closed during this trying time, we have kept our Creekside location open for emergency eye care.

We are also offering telehealth services, and are happy to have a video or phone consultation with you regarding any concerns you may have.

If you have an eye emergency, please email, or call us at 403-516-2292 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. After a phone or video consultation, we will come up with a treatment plan.



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