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How to Remove Scratches From Glasses

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An eyeglass with heavy scratching and visible damage on the lenses.

Are you one of the millions of people who rely on glasses to see clearly? If so, you already know that taking care of your glasses helps make sure they provide optimal vision. Of course, regular eye exams are a critical part of maintaining healthy eyes, but good vision care doesn’t stop at the office doors.

Even with proper care, scratches on glasses can happen over time. So, when it’s your favorite pair, you’ll probably start looking for ways to fix them! Methods using toothpaste, baking soda, and glass etching cream are all options for ways to remove minor scratches from glasses at home.

Keep in mind, eyeglasses can be delicate, and any repair method risks further damage. Be cautious when attempting any home repair.

What Are Glasses Made Of?

Despite what some may think, most corrective lenses these days aren’t made of glass. Instead, manufacturers make them out of a special plastic that’s much lighter—but can also be more prone to scratches.

Still, whatever lenses you choose, a good and clear pair of glasses can make everyday tasks such as reading, driving, and using a computer much easier. Additionally, sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, dust, and other particles that can cause irritation and damage.

How to Take Care of Your Glasses

Properly caring for your glasses may prolong their lifespan and maintain their clarity. Here are some tips to help you care for your glasses:

  • Clean your glasses regularly. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away dirt, oils, and other debris that can accumulate on the lenses.
  • Store your glasses properly. When you’re not wearing them, keep them in a case to protect them from scratches and damage.
  • Avoid exposing your glasses to extreme temperatures. Heat can cause the lenses to warp, while cold temperatures can cause them to crack.
  • Handle your glasses with care. When putting them on or taking them off, use both hands to avoid bending or damaging the frames.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals to clean your glasses. A purpose-made cleaning solution is best, but you can use a small drop of dish soap and warm water to gently clean the lenses.
A man holds a bottle of eyeglass cleaner in his hand and sprays it on his eyeglasses to remove scratches.

Ways to Remove Scratches from Glasses

Even with proper care, glasses can still get scratched. Large scratches that can impede your vision should be dealt with immediately and may require you to replace the lenses. Home repairs might fix minor scratches but can also remove any special coatings on your glasses, such as UV or blue light blocking.

Always use a microfiber cloth to clean your lenses before attempting to fix scratches. Take care using any of the following methods, and always contact your optometrist if you have questions about caring for your glasses.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a popular household item that you may use to remove minor scratches from glasses. Mix a small amount of baking soda with warm water to create a paste. You don’t need much baking soda. A couple of teaspoons should do.

Apply the baking soda paste to the scratched area. Using a soft cloth or cotton ball, gently rub the paste using consistent, circular motions. Ensure you don’t push down too hard. Rinse with warm water, dry, and repeat if necessary.


Toothpaste is another popular method for removing scratches, but it comes with its own warnings. Some kinds of toothpaste are designed to be abrasive to remove plaque from your teeth. This abrasiveness can, therefore, also be effective in damaging your lenses.

Don’t just squirt any old toothpaste on your glasses. Instead, use non-abrasive, non-gel toothpaste and apply a small amount to the scratched area. Then, using circular motions, gently rub the toothpaste into the glasses with a soft cloth and rinse it with warm water.

If you’re unsure how abrasive your toothpaste is, don’t use it to repair your lenses.

Glass Etching Cream

Glass etching cream is a more aggressive method for removing scratches from plastic or polycarbonate glasses, so typically, we wouldn’t recommend it as an option. It can completely remove any coating on your glasses and can permanently damage them if you don’t remove the solution promptly. You should absolutely not use it on glass lenses.

Still, some people prefer it as a last resort. If you do choose to use this cream, only apply a small amount of etching cream to the scratched area and let it sit for a few minutes, no more than 5. Then, immediately rinse the glasses with warm water and dry them with a clean cloth, making sure to remove all the cream.

Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when using glass etching cream.

Stylish & Modern Frames Near You

Scratches on glasses can be frustrating and distracting, but they don’t have to ruin your vision or your day. Small scratches might be able to be repaired, but it’s much better to prevent the damage in the first place. With the proper care and maintenance, your glasses can last you for a long time.If scratches do happen, you may need to simply replace your glasses. Fortunately, Dr. Jennifer L. Shane & Associates has a wide selection of stylish frames and a dedicated team ready to help you find your perfect pair. So instead of squinting through a field of scratches, come into the office and see clearly again.

Written by Dr. Jennifer Shane

Dr. Jennifer Shane is native to Reno, Nevada. She attended the University of Reno and the University of Las Vegas, Nevada where she received a Bachelor of Science in Economics. During college she began working for an Optometrist that inspired her to study Optometry. She continued her education at the Illinois College of Optometry where she received her Bachelor of Science in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry in 1999. Additionally, Dr. Shane completed residency training in Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2000. Besides seeing patients, Dr. Shane enjoys pickleball, and spending time with her two sons and two pugs.
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