8 Glasses Hacks EVERYONE With Poor Eyesight Should Know

8 Glasses Hacks EVERYONE With Poor Eyesight Should Know

The moment you're first told you need glasses can be truly life-altering - you're officially a member of the four eyes club, and there's no going back!

Whether this fills you with joy at the stylish and sophisticated choices that lie ahead, or dread at never finding a pair that suits, glasses will now be something you have to learn to live with.

Sometimes glasses can be a lifesaver - they not only help you see, but hide dark eyes on tired days. However, they can also be pretty annoying, especially during sweaty workouts.

To make your life with lenses easier, we're sharing 8 amazing glasses hacks that you should never be without.

1. Use toothpaste to remove scratches

colgate toothpaste
Who'd have thought it?!

If you wear your glasses day-in, day-out, they're bound to get a little wear and tear over time.

If you've noticed scratches beginning to appear, there's no need to get new lenses immediately - you may be able to fix them with a little toothpaste.

Buff out scratches with a clean microfibre cloth and a small blob of toothpaste - your glasses will look as good as new in no time!

2. Stop glasses from slipping

Do your glasses keep falling down your nose? We have a secret hack to put a stop to this annoyance.

Simply take a hair bobble and tie it around the end of your glasses arm at the point that sits behind your ear. Repeat on the other side, and the glasses will no longer be able to slip and slide.

3. DIY a replacement nose pad

replacement nose pad
This. Is. Genius!

Has one of your nose pads fallen off? If you don't have time to get to the opticians immediately, we have a clever tip to help you make a quick replacement...

...using a hot glue gun stick. Cut a small slice off of the end and attach to the frames as a replacement nose pad - genius!

4. How to wear glasses when working out

If you've ever tried working out whilst wearing your glasses, you'll know that sweat and lenses don't mix. Sweat will make your glasses slip and slide all over the place - not ideal when you're trying to stay focused.

Luckily, there's a solution for this: Nerdwax is a special wax (that looks a lot like a lip balm) that you apply to the nose pads before exercising. This clever formula will keep your glasses in place, no matter what you get up to. Plus, Nerdwax is made from natural ingredients so won't aggravate the skin.

5. Prevent lenses from fogging with soap

soap and glasses
Keep those lenses crystal clear!

Drastic changes in temperature will have an instant effect on your glasses, fogging lenses and making them impossible to see out of.

To keep them crystal clear, whatever the temperature, rub a dry bar of soap over the lenses. Wipe with a clean cloth, and the soap will prevent them from fogging.

We have even more unusual uses for a bar of soap over in our other article, go check them out!

TOP TIP: If your glasses have an anti-reflective coating on them, skip this tip. Soap will break down the coating. 

6.  How to replace a missing glasses screw

Glasses screws are so tiny - if you lose one, you may have a hard time finding it again.

No need to worry. If you can't get to the opticians for a replacement right away, a toothpick is all you need to provide a temporary fix.

Push the toothpick into the screw hole, and then gently snap it off just above. Whilst it won't last forever, this is a good temporary fix to keep your glasses working properly.

7. Clingfilm your glasses during DIY

cling film glasses hack
Don't forget to tell your friends!

Who says glasses and DIY can't go together?

If you love getting stuck into painting, carpentry and other messy tasks, your glasses may bear the brunt of it.

To keep them spick and span, whatever materials you're messing around with, cover lenses in a layer of cling film. It will protect them from dust, oil and liquid, and is easy to remove once you're done.

8. DIY glasses cleaner

Last but not least on our list of glasses hacks is a DIY glasses cleaner - something, we believe, everyone should know how to make.

If you've left it a while before cleaning your glasses, or if you've had a particularly 'dirty' day, you may need more than your glasses cloth to cut through the grease and grime

That's where our DIY glasses cleaner comes in.

Mix 3 parts rubbing alcohol with 1 part water and a couple of drops of washing up liquid and pour into a small spray bottle. Spritz onto glasses when grubby, and buff clean with a microfibre cloth - spotless!

Do you wear glasses? Share your glasses hacks with us in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Chris on September 10, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Hello, I'm not usually one to comment, but if someone has an anti-reflective coating on their glasses (most people tend to these days) - please don't put any form of soap on your lenses as it will strip the oil-based coating straight off. Don't want to see folks making an expensive mistake. Have a lovely day!

    1. Author Joanne A on September 10, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Hi Chris! That's definitely true for people with a coating on their lenses.

    2. Author Scarlett O on August 15, 2019 at 9:03 am

      Hi Joanna, I love this website and all the hints. I do think, that as a duty of care to your followers, this article needs to be edited to reflect this important caveat.

    3. Author Joanne A on August 15, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Hi Scarlett! I have updated the article. Thanks for pointing this out.

  2. Author Joyce Mannell on September 10, 2018 at 8:46 am

    My glasses rub my nose and the hard skin doesnt look nice what can I do to stop this please

    1. Author Joanne A on September 10, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Hello Joyce! Do your glasses have nose pads? If not, we'd suggest getting some with silicone nose pads and regularly cleaning them to remove oils. The frames might need some adjustment too if they are rubbing your nose.

  3. Author Jo on September 10, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Does the scratches and toothpaste tip relate to sunglasses as well?

    1. Author Joanne A on September 11, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Jo, yes it does!

  4. Author Brian Goodspeed on September 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Bearing in mind the above comment about coated lenses, my late mother always washed her glasses in the washing up water as she said it got rid of grease.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 11, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for sharing, Brian! Sounds like a great idea.

  5. Author Norman Howe on September 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    I know it’s sounds obvious but keeping your glasses in a case when not in use can save them from damage. It’s often easier just to put your glasses down and forget about them but they can get damaged. Your optician should provide you with a case if you loose it or damage it you can get them cheaply from Pound stores or some charity stores. Why pay out for expensive glasses when pound stores have glasses in standard lense strengths.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 13, 2018 at 9:08 am

      Great tip, Norman!

  6. Author Roger Ponsonby-Smallpiece on September 14, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    I find that when I remove my spectacles, my vision is blurred. I remedy this by quickly popping my specs back onto my face, making sure that they are centred on my nose and that the arms fit over my ears. Properly applied this way. my glasses will remain in place until bedtime. Who would have thought that this simple trick would turn out to be so time-saving?

  7. Author Gillian Williams on August 15, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Clean lenses with perfume which also stops them fogging

    1. Author Joanne A on August 15, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      That's interesting, Gillian! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Author Anon on August 15, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Never put your glasses lenses down first as this can scratch them

    1. Author Joanne A on August 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      Important tip!

  9. Author Michael bignell on November 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    ' why can'tI I buy glasses with curl sides l allways used to get them mick

    1. Author Joanne A on December 2, 2019 at 10:58 am

      It could be down to supply and demand. If very few people were buying this style, they might discontinue it. Have you tried shopping online? There might be a wider selection for you.

  10. Author Melissa Hegarty on July 28, 2020 at 11:17 am

    To stop glasses slipping. Use temple hooks, they slide on the handles and nestle behind your ear so you can hardly see them, much better than a sports band and much cheaper too.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 28, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Great idea!


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