If eyewear is part of your daily life, you know how irritating it can be when you get a scratch on your lens that you just can’t un-see. Every minute of every hour that you wear your glasses, it’s there, mocking you.
“Way to go, genius. Way to leave your glasses upside down.”
“Nice job tripping on an uneven curb thereby sending your specs flying off your face.”
If your glasses don’t talk to you, we think you will still agree that scratches are annoying.
Glasses are prone to getting scratched, and they are a pain to live with because of that, especially due to them being an inexpendable accessory for those of us with ocular problems. However, did you know that there are four ways to get rid of the scratches right at home? Well, there are, and here are they!
What Not to Do
- You’ll often see a recommendation to spread toothpaste over your lenses and gently rub it in to get rid of scratches. While this can work, it’s important to note that you have to use non-gel, non-abrasive, non-whitening toothpaste or you risk making the damage worse. We recommend steering clear of toothpaste altogether, as our method is just as effective and not nearly as risky.
- Another common suggestion is to use glass etching solutions to remove damaged coating (like anti-glare coating, for example) from lenses. Technically, this will work, but you’re taking a risk here, too. If the solution sits on your actual lenses for too long, it can really do a number on them. If you decide to use this method, just be aware that you could end up doing far worse damage than a minor scratch – plus, you’ll lose the benefit of any protective coating on your lenses.
Rubbing baby oil on the scratches is sure to get rid of them in no time! A soaked piece of cotton or cloth will do.
No matter the size of the scratch, baking soda says no to it and removes it! A paste made of water and baking soda applied to the lenses and then removed with lukewarm water is sure to do the trick.
Dabbing a cloth with car wax on it to plastic lenses will remove the scratches and leave you with clear glasses and a pristine view!
Besides making for a great wood furniture cleaner, wood spray is actually quite effective against lense scratches, removing them with the utmost of ease.
And there you have it. In five easy steps, your glasses have gone from looking like a pair of Mad Max goggles to something you can actually see through. Now go forth and see!