Eyeglass Repair Kit

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

If you can't see, you can't do anything

A screw fell out of my glasses yesterday. I was outside and never did find it. No problem, though, as I got out our eyeglass repair kit and found a replacement.

The whole episode made me add one item to our list of stuff to get for Barefoot Gal: an eyeglass repair kit.

It suddenly struck me that this might be one of the most important pieces of gear on the boat. I’m pretty well blind (worse than 20/200) without my glasses.

I couldn’t safely walk around the deck, let alone steer, check a chart or try to repair anything else without my glasses. And while I do keep a spare pair of glasses on hand, they are my old ones and not in the greatest shape themselves — and I really prefer my polarized Transitions glasses (read about them here) that I now have, especially in the shallow waters where we’ll be cruising.

Anything that we need to buy for the boat I’m adding to a list and will get it once we’re down there (space in the car is really limited . . .). Much will be bought on Amazon (love that free Prime 2-day shipping — we’ll get our money’s worth this year!) after we get to the boat and can have it delivered to us right in the storage yard (where we’ll be DIY-ing a bottom job . . .).

Here’s the kit that I have at home; it’s worked well and had everything we’ve ever needed, so I’ll be getting another one. Note that if you get this one, it may first appear that many of the screws are defective as they are smooth topped. Don’t worry — they screw in via friction and there’s a place on the screwdriver that works perfectly on them. It’s also got nose pieces and itty-bitty “bolts” with nuts that work well if you strip out a screw (and yes, it’s got a tool for the wrench).

Two quick tips:

  • If you get this kit, stick the box in a Ziploc as it can open pretty easily and spill all those tiny little parts.
  • I dab a bit of clear nail polish on the head of the screw after screwing it in — it acts as very inconspicuous “Loctite” so that I hopefully won’t lose the new screw. Yes, clear nail polish has also been added to the list . . . sigh.

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  1. Has no one ever wondered why the people who make glasses designed them with screws in the first place? It would seem to be a much better design to connect the stems to the frames with heat sensitive ‘rivets’ made from small plastic rods. A small tool like a pair of needle nose pliers with a hot-spot on each side would make it easy to melt the rod on both ends so the connector never comes out accidentally and doesn’t rust either. Even more curious is why, if they must use screws, that some incompetent design engineer would specify the screws to be put in from the bottom so they can fall out instead of from the top where one might notice the screw coming out in time to tighten it back down. Yet another curious design failure is that when folded, the tips of the stems are in contact with the lenses so the lenses get scratched by design. How many supposedly educated design and production engineers blindly follow ‘the way it has always been done’ instead of creating a well designed product?

  2. I once had one of these in my briefcase. The briefcase went through an airport security scanner, and I was given the full body shakedown because I had attempted to smuggle a weapon on board. When a supervisor showed up he pointed out the scanner display was stuck on magnify. An apology was not included.

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