Introduction: Fix Loose Eyeglasses With a Rubber Band

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This is an instructable, to fix an extremely annoying problem of loose glasses.

No, its not a rubber band around the back of your head. ::-)

I like to wear vintage eyeglasses and often they will be stretched out and end up further down my nose than I'd like, often when my hands are too busy to push them back up.

A lot of the newer frames have great spring loaded hinges that will alleviate the problem. What can I say, I love the classics, and the challenge of restoring a great pair of old spectacles.

Step 1:

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Here's all you need.

Eyeglass screwdriver

Paper hole punch

A punch that will make a smaller hole

Rubber band

A pair of stretched out glasses

Step 2:

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I like to use the silicone rubber bands. They last much longer and have better spring to keep your glasses snug on your head. You can also use those silicone bracelets that are everywhere.

Punch out a dot with your paper punch and then punch a smaller hole in the centre. That's it!

Now, do it again.

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Remove the screws from the hinges. (Make sure you put the them in a safe place. Hard to see without your glasses.)

Stretch the washer over the hinge and put the arm back on and replace the screw.

If this does not give your enough correction, you can add another washer.

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I’ve added this step as an alternative for larger heavier frames. It's a longer washer which will cover more of the arm where it hits the front of the frame and therefore create a bit more shimming for the hinge.

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Before and after.


antioch (author)2015-02-03

Even though I don't wear glasses and have no worn-out ones either I find this instructible simply awesome. It's the small and simple things that are so often the most amazing.

And I'll make sure to keep my eyes open for worn-out sunglasses from now on!

zimitt (author)antioch2015-02-03

Thanks, simple is my middle name. ::-)

B Takes a Bite (author)2015-01-31

Congratz! Brilliant!

And HELL YEAH, you've got my vote!

zimitt (author)B Takes a Bite2015-01-31

Thanks for the enthusiasm, and the vote!!

Tahquitz (author)2017-10-09

Great idea. Very clean and easy. Bravo!

Adding to my list of fix it tips as I will likely need this in the coming years.....

zimitt (author)Tahquitz2017-10-09

Thank you, I'm happy to be on the list.

RayJN (author)2015-12-07

I have seen people sell tiny O-rings to do the same thing, no tools needed

NatalieW48 (author)RayJN2017-04-18

I have used the small rings too and I love them but...... I only found them in full eyeglass repair kits. This will include a tiny screwdriver or two, a few pins, a cleaning cloth and exactly 2 elastic rings for 5 Dollars. And I rarely find those. If anyone knows where to buy them I would be very grateful.

seanm316 (author)2017-03-07

Ok, so other than my eyeglasses I didn't have anything on the list. However, it gave me an idea. I grabbed two of my daughters rubber bands for her braces, twisted one a few times on each arm and rolled them down to the hinge. Works great and no one can tell.

evojsn (author)2016-12-27

Just wanted to thank you, I added a bit of color matched sugru to the end of the arms. But you were my muse. So thanks

RobertB404 (author)2016-05-01

Such a great idea! Well thought out and great instructions too.

I had a simpler idea, using those "Loomi" rubber bands that kids love. Simply place one over each arm, doubling over a few times until nice and tight. Now push the tightly fitting band up the arm, and over onto the hinge area. Your glasses/sunglasses will now fit nice and snug, without the need to dismantle your glasses!

Use a matching colour band for best effect, but they are almost invisible any way when on your face.

My once-loose vintage Wayfarers now fit great!

Cheers, Bob.

fixem123 (author)RobertB4042016-09-17

brilliant!! Thanks Bob

editingwrite (author)2016-07-21

Great idea. It was too complicated for me. In the first place, I could not easily remove the little screws on the loose glasses; and before very long I decided that if the screws were so tightly secured, maybe it would be a bad idea to loosen them. And I had other problems with tools and materials.

Before very long, I realized that mankind's greatest invention--Velcro--might do the trick, at least for my plastic-frame eyeglasses. For each arm of the frame, take two narrow, short strips of Velcro, which should be either both hook or both loop, and stick one little strip to the flat edge of the arm near the lenses and the other little strip to the adjacent edge of the lense frame so that the strips overlap each other when the arms of the eyeglasses are spread open. Do the same with the other arm. The strips should be both hook or both loop so that they're not pulling each other off whenever the arms swivel.

It works. The glasses fit much more snugly now, and I didn't have to remove screws and punch holes and stuff.

You may be wondering what the game plan is if and when the little strips of Velcro slide off of the plastic. I've thought of that. I know exactly what I will do. I will stick on other little strips of Velcro to replace the ones that peel off. The job takes about a minute.

SleeD1 (author)2016-06-12

I just used your instructable and am amazed at how well it worked. I own a pair of super cute cat-eye coach glasses. The frames are a bit wider and I've tried (and failed) to tighten the ear pieces using hot water and elbow grease to bend them to shape. That "fix" never lasted more than a few days and my glasses were back to sliding down my nose. The washer idea is great! No more slippage

zimitt (author)SleeD12016-06-15

That makes me very happy.


ScottE52 (author)2016-06-15

Very good

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csmith2 (author)2016-03-29

If this works it is going to save me money. I just bought a pair of glass online and the frames are too big. If you get your eye doctor to fix the problem it will cost you. This is amazing fix!!

jayway7196 (author)2015-12-19

GENIUS . . my specs have been driving me insane. THANKYOU.

zimitt (author)jayway71962015-12-19

Thank you!

I'm happy I could contribute to your sanity.

mole1 (author)2015-12-14

This really works. Another way to do it is to slide orthodontic rubber bands over the hinge. Today there are non latex 'elastics' as well as the standard latex type. Check with anyone you know who is going through (or has gone through) orthodontics. The sizes and weights change during treatment, so most patients have extras of a size they no longer use.

PearlP1 (author)2015-12-06

Where have you found someone who can make lenses for old frames? I've been searching for someone who can do that for 20 years now. Even an old pair of RayBan sunglasses that I didn't need a prescription for, no one could provide me with new lenses, not even RayBan themselves. I've been to dozens of optometrists all over the country and they tell me that they can't because there's no blank anymore for those old glasses. I asked if they could just buff away the scratches and they say they can't do that either. I'd love to know how you found a solution to these problems. <3

StandingB (author)PearlP12015-12-13

I have frames for my prescription glasses they are frames that fit my face and no longer available. After my eye exam I handed them the frames and they made the lenses right there for me. So not sure why they are telling you know. But, here is a secret, if you take your script and frames to Walmart they will have your lenses custom made to the frame. Cost a little extra, but well worth the trip.

aadjchavanich (author)PearlP12015-12-08

These guys in LA can do it!

Prices start at $22! I bought some vintage prescription frames from a flea market and they filled my current prescription for $22! Good luck!

PearlP1 (author)aadjchavanich2015-12-08

Wow, so cheap! Here it's over $200 minimum for prescription glasses. Almost $500 if you need an exam.

dcorbett (author)PearlP12015-12-07

Call this guy - he can make any lens shape you might want. If anyone can - he can. Scott McCurdy two-oh-eight-308-0477.

PearlP1 (author)dcorbett2015-12-07

You're awesome, thanks!

zimitt (author)PearlP12015-12-06

I've probably had 7 or so pairs of old frames fitted with new lenses. Even some old Ray Ban sunglasses. First I'll say I live in Canada, BUT I have had lenses put into the frames in this instructable, which are old Bauch&Laum saftey glasses at the Walmart in Bellingham WA. They did charge a $10 fee and waved any responsibility, and no problem.

I've had them done in a number of different opticians. Anywhere from high end shops to cheap and cheerful chains. I am sure Costco does this as well. I have inquired and they have the same policy as Walmart.

Hope you find the Joy.

PearlP1 (author)zimitt2015-12-06

You must be doing glasses that aren't that old because I keep getting told that they don't have lens blanks that will fit the shape of the frames. Since they don't grind lenses from scratch anywhere any more the lens has to be a shape the lens sellers currently have in stock. So far I'm batting zero on my 1950's cat eye sunglasses as well other 1940's, 50's and 60's frames. Thanks so much for answering back. :)

zimitt (author)PearlP12015-12-06

The lenses don't come pre-cut. They have special machines that digitally cut the lens to the exact shape of your frame. I've watched them do it. Does not matter how old the frames are. (other than the danger of breaking because of age) They have to be custom cut because everyone's eyes are at a different spot on the frame, hence the prescription must be in the correct spot for you. That's why they measure your eyes before they make them. The raw lenses are huge. Some do the cutting on site and some send them away but they are all cut from large blank lens that has been ground to your prescription thickness. You should go talk to them at Walmart or Costco. I'm sure they can help.

Good luck. (My glasses are from the 50s and 60s.)

jhardegger (author)2015-12-11

Nice. I like to stick little pieces of electrical tape in a corresponding color to the outer corner of the inside of the front. When they get oily, i just replace them. When the Front straightens again and the frame gets wider again, i just apply anoter one onto the existing one.

eyeguy6 (author)2015-12-06

Do this as a last resort. I have been an optician for almost 40 years and saw ready made "rubber bands" come out 35 years ago. We thought they were great at first, but soon found they would collect dirt and skin oils. After a while, that collection of crud eroded the hinges and ruined them. Instead, use a hair dryer to gently heat the plastic on the front and pull it back into place. Better yet, find an optician to adjust them for you.

jhardegger (author)eyeguy62015-12-11

Hello eyeguy6, if you have been an optician for 40 Years, you should maybe mention that pointing a hairdryer at the front will also heat up the lens. If it is a plastic lens (as usually used where I live), you will ruin the lens. Plastic Lenses don't tolerate more than 40 or 50 degrees celsius. Going higher will make the Hardcoat and the Antireflective coat crack, which will lead to a hazed lens.

zimitt (author)eyeguy62015-12-06

No crud here, and it's been a couple of years. Then again I do wash my glasses regularly. Also I find the silicon does not deteriorate like the old style rubber bands.

Thanks for the warning.

jeanniel1 (author)2015-12-10

This is really helpful as we have several sunglasses - albeit cheap ones since I tend to sit on more of them than use them - and many have loose arms. Can hardly wait to fix them now!

Rapel Teetaw (author)2015-12-07

Thanks for something simple. Not overwrought, not overcomplicated.

zimitt (author)Rapel Teetaw2015-12-08

Stay tuned. Iv'e got more simple coming.

Thanks for looking.

MohammadJavadM (author)2015-12-07

No, its not a rubber band around the back of your head. :-)
?? I thought it could not be anything except this and just came in to tell : hey, everyone knows that

And when I see there are 5 steps for doing wondered

zimitt (author)MohammadJavadM2015-12-07

I know everyone knows.

Did you know, everyone knows, I know?

MohammadJavadM (author)zimitt2015-12-07

if I did know your way ... I may have not broke my Ray-Ban last week ... :'(

zimitt (author)MohammadJavadM2015-12-07

Ouch! Ray Bans on the floor is never good. I hope they are salvageable.

I misunderstood your first comment. No offense intended.

I'm still not sure what everyone knows. I know nothing.

MohammadJavadM (author)zimitt2015-12-07

did you know that I meant that I thought it's a rubber band around the back of the head and when I saw it's another thing. I wondered ?????

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BarbK2 (author)2015-12-07

I love it!! I'm going to try this immediately.

PearlP1 (author)2015-12-06

You must live in a big city or something, or the USA compared to Canada is like 3rd World. I just asked at the optometrist last week. None of them do anything on site, it's all sent away and they told me exactly what I told you. I live in Alaska and I moved here from Hawaii where I couldn't get it done either. I'm happy that it's so easy for you though!

ElizabethC28 (author)2015-12-06

That is so clever! Thank you.

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