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How to fix popped-out glasses lenses?

How to fix popped-out glasses lenses?

Glasses wearers know the feeling all too well when you're diligently cleaning your specs, and suddenly – POP! A lens pops right out, leaving you staring at a blurry world and a slightly panicked heart. This can happen with any plastic, acetate, or metal frame, but you don’t need to worry! Fixing a popped-out lens is not that difficult of a task. In this guide, we'll show you the simple steps to get your glasses back in tip-top shape, without the need to visit an optical shop. So, grab those escaped lenses, take a deep breath, and let's get your vision back on track!

How to Insert Lenses Back into Metal Glasses

Metal frames can be a stylish choice, but fixing lenses in metal glasses requires a bit of effort. Here's how to do it yourself with a little care:

Tools: You'll need a small screwdriver (often called a jeweller's screwdriver) that fits the screw in your glasses frame. You get the screwdriver for free with your Specscart eyeglasses.


  • Look for a small screw near the spot where the lens popped out. This screw holds the lens in place.
  • If the screw is there, loosen it slightly with a jeweller's screwdriver. If the screw is missing, find a replacement that fits the hole before moving on.
  • Carefully place the lens back into the frame, aligning it with the groove that holds it secure.
  • Hold the lens firmly in place and tighten the screw with the screwdriver. Don't overtighten!

Remember: Be gentle with the metal frame. Applying too much pressure can bend it and cause damage.


How to Insert Lenses Back into Plastic/Acetate Glasses

Plastic and acetate frames are popular choices and often easier to fix than metal frames. Here's how to put the lens back in:

  • First things first, give your glasses a quick inspection. Look for any cracks or breaks in the frame. If you find any damage, it's best to leave the repair to a professional.
  • If your frame looks good, grab a bowl of warm water. Not too hot, just warm enough to be comfortable to the touch. Dip your glasses in for a minute or two, letting the warmth soften the plastic slightly.
  • Take your glasses out and carefully position the lens back into its groove. The groove is usually on the backside of the frame.
  • Once the lens is in place, gently but firmly press down on the edges, especially the bottom part, until it clicks back into position.

Remember: Avoid using excessive force or heat, as this can damage the frame.


Half-rim frames

Half-rim frames offer a stylish look, but their lenses are held in place with a thin nylon filament, making them trickier to fix than other frames. Here's how you can replace lenses in half-rim frames:

Tools: You'll need a thin, tear-proof paper strip or a soft ribbon.


  • Locate the groove along the top metal bar of the frame. Carefully position the lens back into this groove.
  • Cut a thin strip of tear-proof material (like from a delivery envelope). Slide this paper between the clear plastic wire and the lens.
  • Fold the paper over the wire and gently pull it downwards. This will guide the wire back into its groove along the bottom of the lens.
  • Once the wire is secure, slide the paper strip towards the centre and carefully pull it out while holding the wire with your thumb for support.


  • This method requires careful handling. If you're uncomfortable or unsure, it's best to visit your optometrist for professional help.
  • Avoid using sharp objects or excessive force, as this can damage the frame or filament.
  • Never pull directly on the nylon filament.

Remember: Professional help is always recommended, especially if you find it difficult or there is a tricky situation.



  • If temples are too wide or too tight, adjust them before fixing the popped-out glasses so that lenses can fit in completely inside the frame.
  • Don’t put too much pressure on the frames as it can cause breakage and unwanted damage.
  • If the lenses are cracked or broken, replace them with your new lenses, as the previous ones can hurt you. If your frame is broken you can purchase a new frame from our website and get your lenses reglazed into them.
  • Sharp objects: Don't use screwdrivers or other sharp objects to pry lenses out or manipulate the frame, as this can cause scratches or damage.



Popped-out lenses can be frustrating, but the good news is you can often fix them yourself at home with a little care and these simple steps. The satisfaction of resolving a small issue yourself is a great feeling! Remember, these tips are a helpful guide, but if you're ever unsure or uncomfortable about any part of the process, don't hesitate to visit your local optometrist or eyewear professional. Their expertise can ensure your glasses are repaired correctly and your eyes remain healthy. The Mancunians can always visit their nearest Specscart store and we will be happy to help.

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