The first set of frames snapped right in the middle of the bridge about three months after I got them--still under warranty though! The second pair snapped in the same place a couple of weeks ago, and I've been running around with broken glasses ever since. I hate spending money on something like this, especially since the prescription is still fine and the lenses are in pretty good condition!
I've come up with a simple way to make these work until I've got a new pair, and I thought I'd share it with you all.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
For tools, you will need:
- Mini screwdriver set
- Dremel or drill
- 1/16" drill bit
- Fine tip sharpie or very sharp awl
Step 2: Disassemble the Glasses
It's important to keep track of which lens is left and right! Most people have a slightly different prescription from eye to eye. On the edge of the lens, in a spot I knew would be covered by the new frames, I put one hash mark for left and two for right (see the last picture below).
Thanks to my daughter for acting as photographer for this step!
Step 3: Mark and Drill the Old Lenses
Carefully drill the holes. If you've got a good sharp awl it will really help you to avoid the drill bit "walking" on the lens, which could really do some damage. Also, drill a test hole in the cheap lens to get a feel for what you're doing!
Step 4: Reassemble
After everything is put back together, you'll likely need to bend the frames into shape. One of the nice things about these cheap frames is that they bend really easy, and all it took me was five minutes in front of the bathroom mirror to fix everything up!
Step 5: All Done!
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