How To Remove Scratches From Glasses


Removing scratches from glasses is a question we get asked a lot! Every glasses wearer can attest to having scratched lenses, and will have experienced it many times in their life. Perhaps they’ve fallen out of your pocket whilst bending down, been bashed around in your handbag or flung into the air when that goal went in. Over time, all these marks and scratches add up and leave the users’ vision impaired, especially on high power lenses. Although you cannot actually remove scratches from lenses, you can possibly improve them temporarily. So, we’ve done some research online and these are the best suggestions the great internet has put forward to remove scratches from your glasses.

Ways to remove scratches from glasses

I know it may seem like an impossible task, however there is still hope for that old pair of scratched glasses you’re still hanging on to. Online Opticians UK has some very handy and helpful remedies you can use to easily remove scratches from glasses, just follow these quick fix hacks:-



Don’t worry, you won’t need to break the bank and buy expensive, specialist toothpaste for this; all you need is a non-abrasive and non-gel based toothpaste to utilise this method. This kind of toothpaste can be found in every household and is easy to get your hands on. Then all you need is a cotton ball or soft cotton cloth without lint. Take a generous dollop of toothpaste and apply it to the scratched area of the glasses and begin rubbing it in, using gentle circular motions with the cotton ball or cloth. Keep going for a few seconds and you will start to notice a difference straight away. To finish, simply rinse your eyeglasses in cold water and pat dry with a clean cloth or non-abrasive towel. This remains the most economical and time efficient method of removing unwanted scratches from glasses without any special tools or solutions.

baking-sodaBaking Soda

Looking for another cheap solution to rub off scratches? Well, baking soda is your best bet. Found in most kitchens, you can take around one spoonful of baking soda and mix it with half a spoon of water to form a thick paste. Simply apply this paste onto the glasses surface with scratches and with a cotton ball or soft cotton cloth, rub the area in a smooth circular motion for 30 seconds. Remember to rinse the glasses under cold water and wipe down with a soft cloth or non-abrasive teatowel. Feel free to repeat this process if the scratches persist.


Vehicle Cleaner Wax

Another good option to mend scratches on glass and plastic lenses is vehicle cleaning wax which is normally used to polish vehicles. Apply the vehicle wax to the scratched area of the glass and use cotton wool or a soft cotton cloth to rub it in. Continue rubbing until the scratch on the glasses is repaired. The vehicle cleaning wax fills in the scratches and removes them easily.


Brass, Silver Or Metal Polish

A variety of polishes can be used to remove scratches from plastic lenses effectively, including brass, silver or metal polish. Apply a small amount of polished to the scratched area using cotton wool or a soft cotton cloth. Rub it in for a good few minutes, after which you just need to remove the excess polish using a clean cloth. Remember, do not use polish on glass lenses and it can damage any coatings on them.


Glass Etching Cream

If you have tried all other methods, glass etching cream is your next step and is by far the most effective method to fix scratches on plastic lens glasses. It is readily available and most glass etching creams contain Hydrofluoric Acid, the key ingredient to do the job on plastic eyeglasses. Apply a thick coating of glass etching cream on the surfaces of the lenses and the cream settle for around 5 minutes – don’t rub it in. Rinse the cream off with cold water and wipe dry with a clean cotton cloth or towel. Glass etching cream can be harmful to glass lenses and should be avoided if your lenses are made of glass. Please bear in mind that this method is a little more costly than the others and carries an element of risk – if the cream is left on the lenses for more than 5 minutes it can permanently damage them.

Remember, the aforementioned methods are all temporary, quick fixes that will work on most eyeglasses but are not effective for removing scratches 100% of the time. If the scratches are particularly deep or stubborn then these remedies will likely not work. Also, these methods can be risky, if you don’t handle them with care and attention you could end up causing more damage in the process. Harsh chemicals can remove lens coatings and glass lenses especially are susceptible to damage from the above scratch fixing hacks. That is why we recommend that you are better off leaving them in the hands of a professional.

The best solution to fix scratches of glasses

Our glasses are absolutely indispensable, especially if you have a high prescription and caring for them is a vitally important thing to do. If none of the scratch removing hacks work when treating scratches on your glasses then you can always select one of the following options to extend the lifespan of your glasses:

1) Buy a Multi Pack Cleaning & Maintenance Kit from Online Opticians UK

Online Opticians UK – an industry leading, well-known affordable eyewear manufacturer in the UK is proud to offer the 15 Piece Multi Pack Lens Cleaning & Maintenance Kit to tackle the problem of removing scratches on the surface of the glasses. No matter whether you have glass or plastic lenses, our maintenance kit can help safely remove scratches from glasses as well as sunglasses.


2) Reglaze Glasses

If all else fails and the lenses are scratched beyond repair or the scratches are too deep, then you need an expert service to help. Online Opticians UK offer a truly unique reglazing service which allows you to send your existing frames with their old, damaged lenses and get a fresh new pair put in! We’ve all had our favourite glasses frame and this service allows you to extend the life of your precious glasses without the expense of buying a new frame.



Please be aware that Online Opticians UK cannot take any responsibility or liability for damage caused to lenses or frames whilst using the suggestions made in this article.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you require additional information and we will be happy to assist you in selecting the correct frames and lens options for your prescription, lifestyle and budget.

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