The history of sunglasses is much longer and varied than most people think. Did you know that in the 12th century or possibly earlier, China first used sunglasses? Their “lenses” were flat panes of smokey quartz that offered no corrective powers, but did protect eyes from the sun’s glare, and, according to some sources, evil spirits. There are contemporary documents that describe judges using such glasses in courts to conceal their facial expressions whilst questioning witnesses. Then, in the 1930s, the Army Air Corps commissioned Bausch and Lomb, an optical firm, to produce highly effective spectacles that would protect the pilots from high-altitude glare problems. Bausch and Lomb physicists and opticians then perfected a special dark-green tint that could absorb light in the yellow band of the spectrum.
Sunglasses continue to get more and more advanced. In 2004, Oakley developed sunglasses called Thump, which have a built-in digital audio player. As of 2012, the vision care market in the U.S. generated $34.54 billion! Now, there are polarized lenses that come in different colored tints to provide optimum clarity in different settings.
However, the more things change the more they stay the same. Sunglasses still break or wear out. People still need to fix scratched sunglass lenses or get polarized replacement lenses. Sunglass professionals advise a few household products that can fix scratched sunglass lenses. These are: toothpaste, baking soda, and lemon pledge. In order to fix scratched sunglass lenses properly, each product must be handled in a certain way.
For your conveniences, here’s how to use these everyday items to fix scratched sunglass lenses.
First, you’re going to want to make sure the toothpaste is non-abrasive, non-minty, non-gel, and non-whitening. Take a cotton ball with the paste, and rub it on the scratch in a circular motion for about 10 seconds. Rinse it with cool water. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe off any excess toothpaste. Then, repeat as necessary until the scratch is gone.
When you use baking soda to fix scratched sunglass lenses, mix one part water and two parts baking soda in a small bowl until you have a thick paste. Then, rub the concoction onto the scratch for about 10 seconds using a cotton ball in a circular motion. Then, rinse the paste off with cool water and a lint-free cloth. Again, repeat if necessary.
Lemon Pledge has wax in it, which fills the scratches. However, this method only only lasts a few days at a time. First, spray your lenses lightly with Lemon Pledge without going too crazy. Then, use your lint-free cloth to rub it in a circular motion until the scratch and the pledge disappear. Do this every few days and you’ll be set.
If none of these solutions work to fix scratched sunglass lenses, you may have to seek out Oakley replacement lenses, Ray Ban replacement lenses, or other sunglass replacement lenses. If you have any questions about fix scratched sunglass lenses, or any other tips on how to fix scratched sunglass lenses, feel free to share in the comments!