More frustrating than being unable to wear your $400 eyeglasses, is being told by your optician:
Your $400 broken eyeglasses can’t be fixed and they are beyond repair.
You should spend another $400. You must undergo their mandatory eye exam, and you have 3 weeks of wearing your broken $400 pair of prescription eyeglasses held together by duct tape while you wait for your new pair!
While your optician could be more interested in selling new eyeglass frames than providing a much needed repair service, it is more likely that they are ignorant of the latest in eyeglass frame repair using laser welding technology. A decade or so ago your optician was somewhat correct when they told you there was no hope for repairing eyeglass frames. Today this is simply not true. Laser welding technology has enabled the successful repair of all types of metals including exotic alloys.
These are the steps taken when repairing your broken glasses.
1. Assess & Estimate - What it will take to fix my glasses?
When you visit our store for the repair of your busted eyeglasses we will assess what work needs to be completed. Often we find that when a pair of glasses has broken in one location, other additional fractures have occurred but are not immediately noticed.
We will inspect your eyeglasses to assess the extent of the damage so that our repair estimate can be as accurate as possible. Once we know what repairs are required, we will provide you with an estimate for the cost of the repair.
2. Repair - How do my eyeglasses get fixed?
The laser repair is executed using various techniques and materials to reinforce the break, ensuring that the repair is as invisible as possible.
We perform a cleaning on your eyeglass frames. When possible and appropriate the glasses are given an ultrasonic clean.
5. Repair of sunglasses and other types of optical frames.
The repair of sunglasses is no different to the repair of regular spectacles. Providing the break in your frames is in metal, we should be able to repair them. Our technician uses techniques that isolate the lenses from damage during the welding process. You can be sure that your sunglasses lenses are not effected during the repair.
As we are able to repair ANY METAL PART of eyeglasses we are able to provide repair services to any type of eye wear including: Titanium, stainless steel, and other exotic alloys.
How visible will the repair be?
The visibility of a laser repair will depend on a few variables. The repair is highly localized to the area of the break. If the break occurred in a inconspicuous small area, it will not be noticeable except by the closest scrutiny. The color of the final repair is typically grayish or silverish in tone. Consequently, you can expect that frames with a neutral gray/silver coloration will be very difficult to see. Specialty colors and tones may contrast more and be more visible. Unfortunately, we are unable to restore the original plating of your eyeglasses.