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Can You Reuse Lenses in New Frames?

Can You Reuse Lenses in New Frames?

We’ve all been there: dropping and breaking frames while the lenses stay intact. This may be inconvenient since you may be without vision correction until you can get your eyewear repaired. And in some situations, you might have to get creative with some heavy-duty tape until you can make it over to your local optical store.

Once you arrive, you might be wondering, ‘Can you reuse lenses in new frames?’ After all, if your lenses are still in good condition, it may seem natural to use them again.


Let’s hear from our eye care team on the subject. 

Can you reuse lenses in new frames?

In general, we recommend getting a new pair of glasses instead of reusing old lenses to ensure you have the best-fitting eyewear, but there are times when it’s okay to utilize your current lenses. Whether you can reuse lenses in new frames depends on a few things, such as:


  • If the new frames are the same model and style as the old frames
  • If you have any prescription limitations
  • If your lenses have been damaged at all


In some cases, lenses can be cut to fit another style of frames, but the frames will need to be at least smaller than or equal to the size of the broken frames. Also, if you’re in a hurry, and your existing frames aren’t available that day, the optical professional can try to find another set of frames that would work for your existing lenses.

How can you get new frames for glasses?

You might not always need to replace your frames if the damage isn’t severe. Sometimes, you may just need an adjustment or screw replacement, and For Eyes offers both of those services for free (even if you’re not a current customer). 


Before swapping out your eyewear, have a member of our optical team examine your glasses to verify they’re damaged beyond repair or to see if there’s anything we can do to fix them. And if the damage happens on a weekend or weeknight, don’t worry, as many of our optical stores are open on Saturday, Sunday, and evenings during the workweek. 


If you end up needing a replacement, here’s how to get new frames for glasses:

  • Step #1: Visit Your Local Optometrist’s Office. Let our team know what happened to your eyewear, and we’ll see if we can fix it. 
  • Step #2: Browse Our Selection. It’s best to stick to the same model of frames as you have now if a replacement is necessary. We’ll show you where that model is in the store (if available) and attempt to put the old lenses in the new frames.
  • Step #3: Order New Frames. Are your frames of choice out of stock or unavailable? We’ll place an order for them and call you once they arrive. If we need to order your new frames, it might be a good idea to get new lenses at the same time. 

Can You Reuse Lenses in New Frames?

Summary: Can you put old lenses in new frames?

You can put old lenses in new frames in most cases, as long as the new frames are the same ones you used to have. An eye care professional will just need to make sure your prescription doesn’t restrict the type of eyewear you use so that you don’t have issues down the line. They’ll also check to see if your lenses are chipped or scratched before agreeing to swap them out.

If you’re wondering how to get new frames, you’ll need to start by dropping by your nearest optical store. Have our team inspect your eyewear to see if it’s okay to switch out the lenses. If it is, you can look through our extensive eyewear selection and place an order for new frames or pick up the frames that day if available.

Bonus: You won’t even need to know how to put old lenses in new frames. Our eye care team will take care of that for you.


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