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Removing the Tint from Prescription Sunglasses

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Sometimes the tint color of your glasses is not the way you want it. This page is about removing the tint from prescription sunglasses.


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By 4 found this helpful
May 3, 2010

How do I untint a pair of eyeglasses? I broke my regular glasses and need to untint my prescription sunglasses.

By steve from Newburgh, IN


May 3, 20100 found this helpful
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I worked for an optometrist and we dyed some of our own lenses. Please beware that some tint will probably remain. I agree with OliveOyl, contact whoever made your glasses. Or SOME optical shop. I suspect you'll have better luck with a local-type shop, rather than a national chain.

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June 24, 20136 found this helpful
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My lenses are polycarbonite. The opticians put a tint on that was too dark. I soaked my glasses (lenses down) in a shallow container containing a 50/50 ratio of household bleach and hot water. I continued to check them approximately every 15 - 20 minutes. The diluted bleach solution removed all of the tint from my lenses with absolutely no apparent harm to the glasses or lenses at all. To completely remove the tint took approximately 1 hour.

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March 13, 2011

Is there a home remedy to remove eyeglass tint?

By black from MD


March 14, 20110 found this helpful
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If these are prescription glasses I certainly wouldn't mess with them by using homemade recipes we might suggest to you here but you could ask the professional place where you had the prescription filled if there is any safe way to do it.

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September 17, 2011

My glasses are tinted just a little too dark. Does anyone have any ideas to lighten them a little?

By Melissa from Cullman, AL


September 18, 20110 found this helpful

If you just had them tinted and aren't satisfied, try taking them back.

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September 18, 20110 found this helpful

Did you get them from an optometrist, opthalmologist, or optical shop (were they made-to-order), or did you buy over-the-counter sunglasses? If they were tinted for you, you can take them back and have them remove some of the color.


If they are Transitions lenses, they cannot be lightened (although I don't think Transitions get very dark). I used to work for optometrists who had opticals, and it wasn't a big deal to remove a little color from the lenses that we had tinted.

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September 1, 20170 found this helpful

Tinted glasses too dark

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March 13, 20111 found this helpful

I have eyeglasses that I had tinted about 1 year ago. The tint has started disappearing. Does anyone know what I can do to remove this tint and take them back to regular sunglasses? They have glass lenses.

By Barbara from Troy, MO


How Do I Remove the Tint from Eyeglasses?

In my experience, the tint does fade over time. You can have them dyed darker to serve as sunglasses, but that will fade, too, over several years. Ask about doing this at any eyeglass store. (06/26/2010)


By OliveOyl

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