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Can I Remove the Tint from Prescription Sunglasses?

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

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May 3, 20101 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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July 7, 20200 found this helpful

Oh it took the tint off my glasses but it also created a ruff cloudy surface and now I cant see out of them There went $600. I cant believe I did this

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June 24, 201310 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.

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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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Anonymous
November 19, 20151 found this helpful

Why is it not working for my glasses? I have tried that several times and it does not work. What am I doing wrong?

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Anonymous
February 12, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you

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April 24, 20171 found this helpful

I used a ratio of 75% bleach to 25% hot water in a corning ware dish to lighten the medium brown tint on my plastic lenses. It took about 24 hrs & left a very pale tint, which was what I requested when I purchased the eyeglasses. DIY at home saved a trip back to the eyeglass shop!

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Anonymous
July 21, 20180 found this helpful

It works Mate. Thanks for your awesome idea. My prescription glasses were tinted bit dark. I reduced the tint by following your process.

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Anonymous
November 3, 20180 found this helpful

My glasses is gold metal frame. Can I use this method to lighten the tint? I dont want to to the local shop they were not easy to work with.

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Thats why I ended up with a much darker tint (30% looks like 50%.). Thanks!

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Anonymous
March 25, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you. I am going to try it.

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Anonymous
June 19, 20190 found this helpful

Will this change the colour of the frame

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October 12, 20190 found this helpful

Hi what household bleach did u used.

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December 30, 20190 found this helpful

Take the lenses out of the frame while soaking.

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February 9, 20200 found this helpful

Put on bleach, water and a bit of detergent on a container, let it boil then put your lenses in it, check them once in a while it will take 5 minutes to lighten the dye.

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Anonymous
May 8, 20200 found this helpful

Combining bleach with dish detergents can often create toxic gases, as can boiling bleach. DO NOT DO THIS.

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May 3, 20100 found this helpful

Don't know if this is possible, but ask where your purchased your glasses.

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Anonymous
December 9, 20191 found this helpful

I STOPPED AT MY EYE GLASS PLACE TODAY. THE TINT IS ALL GONE, BUT IT HAS LEFT STREAKS ON MY LENSES. THEY SAIDS I WAS NOT IN THEIR COMPUTER, SO THEY SAID THERY WONT DO IT. I HAD TO BUY NEW LENSES. I HAVE ALREADY HAD MY EYESN EXAMINED, AND THE SAID

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THEY CHANGE WASM SO SLIGHT, NOT TO BIOTHER SPENDING THE MONEY ON NEW ONES.....SO, I WILL TRY THE LEACH AND WATER AND SEE IT IT REMOVES THE STREAKS. THANKS

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December 12, 20190 found this helpful

I have the answer. To remove all of the tent from your lenses on your eyeglasses use 2 cups of hot water, 3/4 of a bottle of 70% alcohol And Dawn dish liquid. Agitate for 15 minutes and also rub with your fingers over the lenses. After 20 minutes all tent was removed from my eyeglasses and my frames which are painted were not harmed.

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May 3, 20101 found this helpful

Tint is applied to plastic spectacle lenses through a dyeing process, similar to coloring Easter eggs. The color is designed to be permanent and remains constant, whether it is made to be just slightly tinted for cosmetic purposes or to cut down glare, or made dark for sunglasses. Removing the tint is possible, in most cases, if the lenses are made from plastic.

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Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Instructions:

Things You'll Need:
Lens-dyeing unit
Lens bleach or neutralizer

Step 1: Turn on the dye unit and allow the unit to heat up. Depending on the machine, this can take 15 minutes to half an hour.

Step 2: Remove the lenses from your frame. Plastic lenses pop out when the frame is gently warmed, metal frames have screws in the eyewire that are loosened to remove the lenses.

Step 3: Wash and dry the lenses thoroughly. Make sure the lenses are completely dry.

Step 4: Place the lenses in the lens holder that is used to immerse lenses in the dye tank. Place one lens on each side, and slide the top of the holder down, so the lenses are held snugly in place.

Step 5: Lower the lenses into the bleach (also called neutralizer) tank of the unit. Allow the lenses to sit in the bleaching solution for at least 10 minutes. Lighter lenses will begin to lighten and can clear in 10 minutes. Darker lenses can take much longer, up to an hour or more.

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Step 6: Remove the lenses and check after 10 minutes to see if they have lightened to the desired amount. If the tint is not light enough, soak them again. Repeat the process until you have achieved the lightness you desire.

good luck.

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October 27, 20135 found this helpful

Sure you can. Optical labs do it all the time when a job comes out too dark. A mixture of hot water and bleach (about 4 parts water to 1 part bleach) is about right, use a glass casserole dish to hold the liquid and just plonk the glasses down into the juice, there is no need to remove the lenses, bleach is not harmful to any normal kind of frame material (none that I have ever seen, at least). Check them every 10 minutes or so and when they look the way you want rinse them thoroughly and dry with a soft cotton cloth before wearing.

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January 3, 20190 found this helpful

how can i remove old tint from my prestricion glases

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June 3, 20191 found this helpful

I've done just what you said was safe. My glasses have a film residue that no matter what I've tried won't go away. Have I ruined my $500 glasses?

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January 20, 20200 found this helpful

Yep

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