Eyeglass Repair Kit

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2014 • all rights reserved

Whether you wear glasses or sunglasses, you need to be able to fix them out on the water. Here's a great -- and inexpensive -- kit that's had everything I've ever needed.

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.

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.

Here’s the kit that I have; it’s worked well and had everything we’ve ever needed. 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.

  3. Ordered! Thanks again! Hope you don’t mind, but when people ask where I got this or that, I say “it was recommended by the Boat Lady! She’s awesome!”…..

  4. I keep two of these kits on board! I’m useless without my glasses…

  5. Most important spare to keep aboard … is 2nd or third pair of glasses so you can see to repair the first pair.

  6. Michael Guelker-Cone says:

    My wife and I have one of those neck strap lanyards to keep our glasses from falling off our faces and into the water. They’re inexpensive and you can get them in styles that look good on a boat.

  7. Our Dollar Tree in Annapolis MD can’t keep the kits in stock! They are a best seller!

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