Everything You Need to Know About How to Reglaze Glasses

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If you’re in need of a new set of lenses, whether the prescription is outdated or they’ve been chipped or scratched, being able to reglaze glasses is useful. It allows you to hold onto your favourite frames and save money. But if you haven’t done it before, you probably have a few questions as to how to reglaze glasses. Let’s get you up to speed.


Here’s what you need to know about how to reglaze glasses:


Why do it in the first place?

The ability to reglaze glasses offers a great way to revive your specs; it simply refers to replacing the lenses in your original frame. So if you need a new prescription, or your lenses are damaged, this is the way to go. It also lets you get more use out of your frames, so you don’t have to let an expensive pair go to waste.


How does it work?

First, you select which frame you’d like to replace the lenses on. The cost of the procedure depends on the style of frames you have, as well as the kind of lenses you want – single vision, bifocal, non-prescription etc. Next, you list your prescription information for each eye. You can then choose if you want any non-essential extras, such as tints. You then pay for the lenses and post (or give) the frames to your chosen provider, who will fit the new lenses to your frame.


How long does it take?

It normally takes between 2-10 days to get your specs back once they have been received, depending on the particular business you have chosen.


Can you replace the lenses on sunnies?

Yes, you can! Whether you want basic tinted lenses or prescription ones, this is completely possible. The colour of the original can be replicated, too, so that they look just like the ones you have now.



Is it possible to replace the lenses on old eyewear?

Absolutely. Many providers work with old eyewear. If you are unsure about the quality of the frame, many places will offer to inspect and assess them for you. If you’ve posted them to a provider and they feel they are unable to safely replace the lenses on the frame, they should be able to send them back to you for free.


Are there any frames that can’t have their lenses replaced?

Frames which are particularly fragile, bent or distorted may not be suitable. Styles which are highly curved may also not be appropriate. Consider enquiring with a range of providers to see if they can assist you with your chosen frames.


Can you reglaze glasses by ordering online?

There are many eyewear suppliers on the market which allow you to order online with ease. They should offer a postal address for you to send your frames to.


Will I be refunded if I’m dissatisfied with the outcome?

Suppliers should maintain a high standard of quality when they reglaze glasses, and offer a respectable refund policy. If the work they have done is of a poor quality, you should be able to contact them requesting a full refund. If you have an issue with a supplier which cannot be resolved by dealing with them, contact the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, who will advise you on making a complaint or taking legal action where necessary.



Being able to reglaze glasses is a great solution for those who want to continue using their current frames but require updated lenses. The process is a relatively straightforward and affordable one, and there are many reputable providers on the market to consider.