At one point I ordered some 5X reading glasses online. The lenses were great, but the frames a bit flimsy and broke very quickly. I got the company to give me some new ones, but I was still left with the lenses from the broken frames.
Surprise! I found that I could put the lenses into old wire sun glasses frames! The lenses are not a complete fit, but the ridge on the edge is just enough to anchor them into the wire frames and make them useable. Handle them carefully and you will have another emergency pair of glasses. (I haven't tried it, but you might be able to do the same thing with broken prescription glasses.) I don't know about you, but I need all the reading glasses I can get!
By pam munro from Los Angeles, CA
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Pass On Old Reading Glasses. If you can't use your store bought reading glasses anymore, you can pass then on to friends. Unlike prescription ones, they won't make anyone else dizzy!
Don't throw away those old plastic reading glass lenses if the cheap frames break! I managed to recycle a pair of stronger lenses into another cheap wire frame that was flexible enough to grip around the lenses and was the approximate size and shape.
Being so frugal, low income, and recycling everything possible, I found a very good and handy idea for my poor vision, having only one pair of proper strength glasses.