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Frame Repairs: How to get your frames fixed quickly

  • by: Adelaide City Optometrist
  • August 22, 2023

Have you ever had a favourite pair of frames that you just couldn’t bear to part with? Maybe the frames were the perfect colour, or the fit was just right. But as time goes on, wear and tear can take its toll on even the sturdiest of frames. Before you toss them out, why not consider getting them fixed? With the right tools and a little know-how, fixing your favourite frames can be quick, easy, and cost-effective. In this article, we’ll show you how to identify common issues with eyeglass frames. We’ll also provide step-by-step instructions for making simple repairs. Whether you’re dealing with loose screws, broken hinges, or bent frames, we’ve got you covered. Don’t let a little wear and tear stand between you and your favourite eyewear.


Reasons why frames break

There are several reasons why eyeglass frames may break or become damaged over time. One of the most common reasons is wear and tear. As you wear your glasses, the constant movement and pressure can cause stress on the frames. This results in cracks, bends, or breaks. Another reason frames may break is due to accidental damage, such as dropping or siting on them. Frame material, such as plastic or titanium, may be more prone to breakage than others. This includes the frame type as well (rimless, semi-rimless or full rim). It’s important to identify the cause of the damage before attempting any repairs. (To ensure that the proper fix is applied).


Common types of frame damage

There are several common types of frame damage that you may encounter when repairing your eyeglasses. One of the most common issues is loose or missing screws. This can cause the frame to become unstable and may cause the lenses to fall out. Another common issue is broken hinges. This can make the glasses difficult or impossible to wear, as the temples may not stay in place. Bent frames are also a common issue, which can cause discomfort when wearing the glasses and may affect the overall fit.


Can all frames be repaired? 

While many eyeglass frames can be repaired, there are some instances where it may not be possible. Frames that are severely damaged or have been bent out of shape may not be able to fixed. Additionally, frames that are made from materials that are difficult to work with, such as certain types of titanium, carbon fibre or metal frames, may not be able to be repaired using traditional methods. It’s important to assess he damage to your frames before attempting any repairs to determine if they can be fixed.

If you find that your glasses are falling off your face and the temples (arms) are too wide, this is something that can be altered as well, it does not mean the frame is the wrong size for your face or that it is “broken“. Over time, plastic frames seem to expand due to wear and in warmer weather as well, therefore adjustments need to be made.


Tools needed for repairing frames

To repair your eyeglass frames, you’ll need a few tools. Some of the most common tools you’ll need include a small screwdriver, pliers, and a magnifying glass. You may also need a pair of needle-nose pliers, a small hammer, or a metal file, depending on the type of repair that needs to be made. It’s important to have all the necessary tools on hand before attempting any repairs to avoid causing further damage.

Step-by-step guide to fixing broken frames

Now that you have the necessary tools and have identified the type of damage to your frames, it’s time to get started on the repairs. Follow these step-by-step instructions for fixing some of the most common issues with eyeglass frames.

Loose or missing screws

1. Locate the screws that are loose or missing

2. Using a small screwdriver, tighten the loose screws or replace the missing screws with new ones.

3. If you do not have the correct screwdriver or the screw keeps falling out, bring it to an optometrist practice and they will do it for you. There is usually a small fee or it is free of charge depending on the replacement screws required and if you have been to our practice before.


Broken hinges

1. Locate the broken hinge

2. We recommend you bring the frame to an optometrist who will likely send the frame away to be fixed at a lab.

Bent frames

1. If the frames are not too old, then usually we can bend the frame back into shape by heating it up to soften the plastic. If you are not a professional we recommend not trying this at home as you may snap the glasses or bend it too far.



Broken nose pads

1. If you have lost a nose pad, we can replace it for you in-store.

2. If the metal part of the nose pad has broken then it will need to be sent away to a lab for replacement.

3. Over time, nose pads may need to be replaced due to discolouration and age.


Rimless frame

1. Rimless frames are quite complex to fix. If the plug has fallen out, it generally needs to be sent to a lab to be fixed professionally.



Tips for preventing frame damage

While its important to know how to repair your eyeglass frames, it’s even more important to take steps to prevent damage in the first place. Here are some tips for preventing frame damage:

– Store your glasses in a protective case when not in use (a hard case will protect it longer rather than a soft case)

Clean your glasses regularly to remove dirt and oil build up to avoid scratches damage to  the lenses. It is recommended to use soft cloths (and clean these regularly as well as lens solution specifically made to clean lenses)

– Avoid placing your glasses face down on hard surfaces

– Handle your glasses with care, avoiding excessive twisting or bending.

– DO NOT use super glue or any types of glues as you will most likely ruin the acetate or metal and if there is other damage it may not be able to get fixed if the glue doesn’t come off.


Where to get professional frame repair services

If you’re not comfortable making repairs to your broken glasses yourself, there are professional frame repair services available. We always recommend returning to the optometry practice that you bought your frames from due to warranty and they will know your glasses the best, but most optometrist’s will offer repairs or send them interstate if it involves a welding or replacement job.


Alternatives to frame repair

If your pair of eyeglasses are beyond repair, there are still options available. One option is to purchase replacement frames and have your lenses transferred into the new frames. Ideally, if a frame replacement happens it is better if its the same frame (can be different colour) however if the glasses have been discontinued, the next best thing is to look for a frame that has a similar shape and slightly smaller so the lenses can be grinded down slightly into the new frame.

Some glasses suppliers will offer to replace the entire frame (if under warranty) rather than replacing one part so it is always good to know which brand you have and what warranty options there are.

If there is damage to your lenses rather than the frame, a re-order of your lenses is possible (at a cost if it is your own damage or it can be under warranty if it is a coating or lab issue) Usually we try to find the solution that will benefit you the best, as it is not convenient to have broken glasses!

What about if I have lost my pair of glasses?

We now have a solution for individuals who have lost their glasses but cannot live without them! Depending on prescription, it is possible for a 2 or 3 day turn around on lenses given the stock lenses are available in your prescription. We offer this service to those who are not allowed to drive without their glasses and people who wear them for general wear or for work purposes as we understand the support that is needed for your vision.


Don’t let a broken or damaged pair of eyeglass frames stand in the way of your vision. With the right tools and a little know-how, repairing your favourite frames can be quick, easy, and cost-effective. Whether you’re dealing with loose screws, broken hinges or bent frames, there are simple repairs that you can make at home. Remember to take steps to prevent damage to your frames in the future, and if you’re not comfortable making repairs yourself, seek out professional repair services. With a little care and attention, your favourite frames can last for years to come.