3 Tips for Removing Glass Lenses from your Sunglasses

Replacing your sunglass lenses yourself is easy! ...except when it's not. Unfortunately, glass lenses especially can be a bit of a struggle to remove. That's why we're bringing you 3 different tips on removing those stubborn glass lenses from your favorite shades.

Why are glass lenses hard to remove? 

Glass is a rigid (and breakable) material. Because the material flexes less than other lens types (like Polycarbonate), they can be extra hard to get out of your frames. 

Glass is also scarier to remove! Because glass can shatter, you want to be more careful with chipped or cracked lenses especially. Pro tip! If your lenses are already broken or chipped, use a towel or cloth around the lens when removing to offer your thumbs some extra protection. 

3 Ways to Remove Glass Lenses 

Heat with a Hairdryer

In optical labs, we utilize something we like to call a "frame warmer" to help remove glass lenses. It does exactly what it sounds like - warms up the frame to make the plastic a little more malleable and the lenses easier to remove. 

At home, you have your own type of frame warmer - a hairdryer! For this tip, you want to use your hairdryer on a low setting and aim it on the plastic that surrounds the lens. However, be sure not to let it get too hot or too close to your frame! You don't want to end up with melted plastic.

Use Warm Soapy Water

The easiest and our favorite at-home method is to use warm soapy water to help loosen up your stubborn lenses. All you need to do is grab some dish soap and warm water, combine it in a bucket, and let your frames sit in the mixture for about 30 seconds at at time.

We love this tip because there is little chance of melting your frames (as long as you keep the temperature to a level where you can stick your hand in) and the soap also helps further loosen the lenses. Easy! 

Ask the Professionals! 

Our final tip is to know when to call it.

If you are having abnormal difficulty removing your lenses, we recommend checking with a local optical shop to help with lens removal. Many places will help for free! Or, you can always opt for Fuse Lenses' concierge service and send your shades in for us to handle installation!

Every time you replace your lenses, there is risk of damaging or breaking your frames if you use excess force, especially on older models. So make sure you follow these tips and know your limits. Happy lens removing! 


Need More Help? Reach Out to Our Customer Service Team


How to Properly Care For Your Glasses

Previous Post


Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective, or Polarized Sunglasses: What's the difference?

Next Post

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Over 50+ Top
Name Brands Available

See All Colors

You choose from over 20+ colors and tints. Our highest quality lenses come with polarization and anti-reflective coatings.

Go to lens colors

Gain Access to Pre-Order!

Log in to gain access to pre-order our best selling and fastest-going lenses.

Already have an account? Log In

Lens Comparison Chart

Lens types

From the everyday to the extreme, we have lenses to meet your needs.

Learn More
Standard PRO


Quality Polycarbonate
100% UV Protection
Increased Eye Comfort
Increased Durability
Water and Oil Resistant
Lens Engraving
Enhanced Color and Clarity
Warranty Details

Fuse +Plus Warranty

Fuse +Plus lens purchases include a lifetime, 1 time replacement guarantee. It doesn’t matter if something happens today, tomorrow, or 10 years from now -- we’ve got your back.

Standard Warranty

All lens purchases include a lifetime, 1 time replacement warranty standard, no questions asked.

Extended Warranty

You can add an additional warranty replacement to your order for just $9.99. Adding this option gives you a total of TWO lens replacements over the lifetime of your lenses!
*Each extended warranty purchase applies to one set of lenses on your order. You can only purchase one extended warranty per pair of lenses. Not valid on prescription lens orders

Warranty redemptions may only be used for a lens of the same value and for the same frame as the original purchase. If your lenses become damaged at any time during the warranty time period, simply contact customer service from our Help Center to get a fresh set of lenses.

60 Day Guarantee, Buy With Confidence!

All lens purchases include a 60-day guarantee. Within 60 days after the date of delivery, you may exchange or return your item for a full refund. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused, in the original packaging, and in the same condition that you received it.

Unfortunately, gift cards are ineligible for returns. Additionally, past 60 days we are unable to offer you a refund. To complete your return, we require proof of purchase..

We get a ton of packages, so please do not send your items back without first receiving a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. You will receive an RMA number once you have started a return or exchange. To start a return or exchange, contact us at from our Help Center.

Your Cart