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When it comes to glasses, they’re not only a fashion statement but also a necessity for many people. As you rely on your glasses to see clearly, it’s essential to keep them in good condition.

Unfortunately, glasses are prone to wear and tear, and it’s not uncommon for them to need repairs. Common issues that may require repairs include: 

  • Broken frames 
  • Loose screws
  • Scratched lenses
  • Loose or bent nose pads
  • Misaligned frames

These issues can range from being a nuisance to being a major problem, affecting your vision, how your glasses fit, and your comfort.

While some of these repairs may seem simple, they can significantly impact the functionality and safety of your glasses. Attempting to fix glasses on your own can lead to further damage or even injury.

The good news is that most of these issues can be easily fixed by a professional optician.

Common Issues That Require Repair

There are a few common issues that may require repairs on your glasses. These include:

Broken Frames

Broken frames can happen when the frames are made of a fragile material or have been dropped or sat on. The frame can be bent or even snapped in half. This can be a big issue as it makes your glasses uncomfortable.

Loose Screws

The screws that hold the frames together can become loose over time, causing your glasses to feel wobbly or even fall apart. This can be frustrating as it makes it difficult to wear them and can be a safety hazard if they fall off while you wear them.

Scratched Lenses

Lenses can easily become scratched, which can affect vision and be a nuisance. Scratches can cause glare and make it difficult to see clearly.

Loose or Broken Nose Pads

Loose or broken nose pads can cause glasses to slide down the nose or be uncomfortable to wear. Because your glasses won’t sit properly on your face, this can be a constant annoyance for many people.

Misaligned Frames

If the frames of your glasses are bent or out of shape, it can cause the lenses to be misaligned on your face and not aligned properly with your pupils.

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Taking Your Glasses for Repairs

While many retailers like department stores and online shops offer glasses, they may not have the expertise or equipment to repair them properly.

A professional optician, on the other hand, has the training and experience to fix broken frames, tighten loose screws, replace scratched lenses, and repair or replace nose pads. They can also adjust the fit of your glasses to ensure they sit comfortably on your face and align with your pupils.

When you bring your glasses in for repairs, the optician will first inspect them to determine the extent of the damage and what needs to be done to fix them.

They’ll then repair or replace broken or damaged parts and make any necessary adjustments to ensure they fit correctly.

Why Do Glasses Need to Align with Your Pupils?

When glasses are properly aligned with your pupils, it ensures that the prescription lenses are positioned correctly in front of your eyes. This is important because prescription lenses are specifically tailored to correct your vision.

If your glasses aren’t properly aligned, the lenses won’t be in the correct position, which can cause problems with your vision.

For example, if your glasses are too low on your nose, the lenses will not be in front of your pupils, and you’ll have to look up to see through them. This can cause strain on your eyes and neck and lead to headaches and discomfort.

Get Your Glasses Checked Regularly

It’s also a good idea to have your glasses checked regularly by a professional optician, especially if you notice any changes in your vision or if your glasses don’t feel comfortable to wear.

An optician can check the prescription of your lenses and make sure that they are still correct, and they can also check the fit of your glasses and make any necessary adjustments.

Get Your Glasses Repaired by a Professional

Other than having training and experience to properly diagnose and fix any issues with glasses, there are many reasons you should take your glasses to be repaired by a professional optician. Some reasons include the following:

  • Proper equipment: Professional opticians have the specialized equipment and tools to repair glasses. This includes tools for bending frames, tightening screws, and polishing lenses. They also have the technology to check and adjust the prescription of the lenses.
  • Safety: Attempting to fix glasses on your own can be dangerous. Using the wrong tools or applying too much pressure can cause further damage or even injury to yourself.
  • Warranty: Many professional opticians offer a warranty on their repairs. If something goes wrong or your glasses break again soon after the repair, the optician will fix the problem at no additional cost.

If your glasses have any damage or you just want to double-check that they fit properly, book an appointment with one of the licensed, professional opticians at Maple Ridge Eye Care. Glasses are a necessary and essential tool for many people, and it’s important to keep them in good condition.

Written by Dr. M. Hurlbert

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