13+ Useful Glasses Hacks Every Four-Eyes Should Know

Diply 14 Aug 2018

Whether you're like me and have to wear glasses 24/7, only need them for reading, or just like to rock a great pair of shades, we all deal with similar issues.

From loose screws to slippery nose grips, glasses can be as annoying as they are useful. But when it's the difference between seeing clearly or not, sometimes we need to get creative.

1. Raid your junk drawer when a screw goes missing.

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Most optometrist offices and glasses stores will replace lost screws, sometimes even for free, but that doesn't help when you can't see to drive to the store.

Thankfully, toothpicks, twist ties, safety pins, and other bits or bobs can work as a temporary fix. Just avoid glue.

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2. If you notice the screw's loose before it escapes, nail polish will help secure it.

Listotic | Listotic

Tighten the screw first, and then apply a coat of clear polish. It doesn't have to be clear, of course, but then it would be pretty obvious that you had nail polish on your glasses.

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3. Find your glasses in the dark by adding a little glow.

Optically | Optically

A stripe of glow-in-the-dark paint or tape will allow you to find it without turning on the lights. You could also use some of those glowing star stickers we all loved as kids.

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4. If you don't use a case, your clock can help.

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Make a habit of placing your glasses in front of your alarm clock. Even if the light is dim, it will lead your hand in the right direction. If you use your phone as an alarm, set your glasses right on top.

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5. Of course, no list of hacks would be complete without the basic do-it-all: tape.

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Use it to secure arms or bridges until you can get them fixed, or even use washi tape to change up your look.

In high school, I turned out to be allergic to the metal inside the arms of a pair of my glasses. I rocked tape for a year.

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6. Do your glasses keep sliding down your nose? Eye shadow primer can help.

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Whether it's sweat or your foundation, a bit of moisture can cause your glasses to slip. Applying a touch of primer to the sides of your nose will add a bit of extra grip.

It's a makeup hack even a lazy girl like me can get behind.

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7. Make a magnetic, adjustable shirt clip.

Instructables | angie_byr

I've broken a few pairs of glasses due to them falling off my shirt collar. This hack by angie_byr on Instructables uses a plastic straw and magnets to solve that problem.

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By heating up the straw over a candle, you can make it easier to bend and glue around the arms of your glasses.

Instructables | angie_byr

Attach magnets to the straw and they'll stick to each other through the fabric of your shirt, keeping them from slipping out. It's pretty genius.

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8. Remove scratches with toothpaste.

wikiHow | wikiHow

The micro-abrasives inside toothpaste are perfect for buffing away scratches on your lenses without damaging them. Wipe it over the lenses and rub lightly with a soft cloth before rinsing the paste away.

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9. Use a piece of rubber tubing to hold fit-over shades or safety glasses in place. 

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Fitting a second pair of frames over top of your regular set can be a struggle. There's no one size fits all. Rubber tubing can easily hold that second set in place while you work.

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10. DIY Adjustable Lanyard With Paracord

Instructables | jdtwelve12

Even if you don't need to wear your glasses all the time, you still need to keep them close. This hack from jdtwelve12 on Instructables makes an easy lanyard for hanging them around your neck.

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Old people are notorious for wearing their glasses around their neck, but don't knock it if it works.

Instructables | jdtwelve12

This one uses basic paracord and a couple of simple knots to make a fully adjustable lanyard that'll keep your reading glasses where you can find them.

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11. Use hot glue as a temporary nose guard.

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Can you technically wear glasses with a missing nose guard? Yes, but it hurts! Hot glue can act as a temporary fix. Is there anything hot glue can't do?

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12. Lose your glasses? Your phone can help!

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Sadly, this only works for nearsighted folks, but it's darn handy! Open your phone's camera and use it to look around. The camera will focus on what's far away while you hold it close enough so you can see the screen.

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13. Make your own glass lens cleaner.

wikiHow | wikiHow

It's easy to make your own cleaner at home, so why bother buying it? The most basic recipe involves mixing some rubbing alcohol into warm water with a few drops of dish soap.

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14. You can also make a version without alcohol or soap.

wikiHow | wikiHow

If you want to avoid anything processed, try this citrus and vinegar cleanser instead. Soak lemon peels in vinegar for a few weeks and then strain into a container with equal parts water.

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15. With online shopping making glasses cheaper, you're going to need a way to store your collection.

Instructables | kokoleo

This project shared by kokoleo on Instructables is easy and cute. Start with a tall, skinny piece of sturdy fabric and a tie. Yes, a business suit tie.

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Sew the tie onto the fabric, creating pockets just large enough to hold a pair of glasses.

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Then just attach to a dowel and hang.

This would work great for a sunglasses collection, too.

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16. Keep glasses that are slightly too wide from sliding down your nose with hair elastics.

Lifehacker | Lifehacker

They will add a bit of extra bulk if the arms are too wide. You could use regular elastics, but the fabric-covered hair ties are thicker and softer.

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17. If your slipper bridge is the problem, there are even products specifically made to help.

Lifehacker | Lifehacker

Nerdwax and products like it add a bit of friction to your nose, keeping those frames in place longer.

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18. Glasses-wearers all agree that the 3D movie fad was not meant for us.

Instructables | Sebbel

I definitely want to spend extra on a movie ticket for the privilege of wearing a second pair of glasses over my prescription pair. Arg.

But Sebbel shared a great hack on Instructables.

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You just need some thin, sturdy cardboard and a pair of the lenses from your local cinema.

Instructables | Sebbel

Hey, they give them out for free anyway! Cut out the cardboard using the template Sebbel provides and glue the lenses from the 3D glasses into it.

Now you can fit the lenses over your own glasses, comfortably.

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19. Really, Instructables is the place to be if you're looking for great hacks for your glasses.

Instructables | jessyratfink

It makes sense, since so many people wear them in the world. I really like this DIY case shared by jessyratfink.

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It's super easy and looks great.

Instructables | jessyratfink

Since my last case has gone MIA (again), I may make this for myself this weekend. Because, really, the best hack for your glasses is to protect them from damage with a good case.

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20. At the end of the day, microfiber cloths are always going to be your best friend.

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Seriously, keep these things everywhere, and be sure to wash them regularly. You can even cut larger cloths into smaller pieces for all of your on-the-go cleaning needs.

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21. There are a few places where wearing your glasses just doesn't make sense — like the shower, for example.

Me Sew Crafty | Me Sew Crafty

To avoid mixing up your bottles of shampoo and conditioner in there, place a large rubber band around one of them to distinguish it from the other.

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22. Foggy glasses are just as annoying and useless as no glasses at all, so to avoid fogging up your lenses, clean them with shaving cream.

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Doing so will create a protective film on the glass, which will keep it from fogging.

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23. To fix a pair of crooked glasses, place them on a flat surface to gauge the symmetry of each side. 

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Make all necessary adjustments until both sides of the glasses are resting flat.

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