Can I Remove the Photochromic Treatment from My Glasses?

I got glasses from the optician after doing an eye test. They then offered to make my lenses photochromic. In the images they showed me it looked quite cool, so I decided to add on that extra feature so it could turn into, kind of like sunglasses in the outdoors. Now that I'm using it I don't really like it and want to know if I can get rid of it or I have to keep it.


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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

I would contact the optician and let them know your thoughts on it and if they can help you out.

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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

If try home remedies you could ruin the glasses and invalidate any warranty and be totally out a pair of glasses, so you're best to contact the doctor/opticians who made them and see if they have a return/replace policy. Some do, some don't. Best to do this ASAP if there are time constraints for returns. Insurance usually only pays once every two years so you may be replacing out of pocket anyway. Post back what you learn.

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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

You will have to contact the place you bought it from to see if they can remove it or if you are stuck with it.

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November 30, 20180 found this helpful

This is something that takes a while to get used to so be sure you have given it enough time for you to adjust.


Return to your eye doctor and ask about this but it may not be a coating that can be removed. The reason you need to ask your doctor is because there are differences in how this is done.

Are your glasses glass or plastic?

Is it embedded in your glasses? If so, it cannot be removed but then it cannot be scratched either (which is the biggest complaint about this process).

Have your questions ready so you will know how to research how to remove it yourself as they may tell you it cannot be done; but if you find out about the type you may be able to do it safely.

If your glasses are plastic and it is not embedded in the glass then you can most likely safely remove it.

It can be done with glass glasses but much more complicated.

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