Glue on specs? What’s next?

How to get super glue off glasses without acetone:

The clear answer

It’s a mess when you get glue on your eyeglasses. But knowing how to get super glue off glasses without acetone is easy. We’ll guide you step by step on how to remove super glue from glasses with our handy guide.

How to remove super glue from glasses—important considerations

Prescription glasses can be very expensive and with all the various specialized lenses for things like computer glare, non-scratch coatings, tint, etc. So you have to be very careful what you clean them with if you’re attempting to get some glue residue off. Acetone and nail polish remover may be very effective in some cases, but in others, lenses, frames, or special coatings may be damaged. We’ll look at two scenarios: glasses that can be cleaned with acetone and those that can't.

How to get super glue off glasses with and without acetone

For metal frames and certain types of lenses, acetone is an excellent remover. Please check with the manufacturer for compatibility.

With acetone

  1. Use a cotton ball or swab and saturate it with your solution 
  2. Apply the cotton tip to the glue and allow time for the glue to soften
  3. Wipe off the residue with a clean cloth 
  4. Clean the glasses as you normally would

If your frames or lenses are plastic, or if the lenses have a tint or other specialized coating, it’s probably best not to use acetone. Try this method instead:


Without acetone

  1. Mix dish soap and warm water in a ratio of 1:4
  2. Use a clean cloth, soak in the solution, and then apply it to the glue residue
  3. After it has softened the glue, wipe it away (you may need to let it soak for a while)
  4. Repeat as necessary  

Now you know how to remove super glue from glasses—avoid problems by using the right glue

Now you know how to remove super glue from eyeglasses. Of course, it’s best if you can avoid the problem altogether. If you use a glue that can be very precisely applied and that dries quickly without running, most of the time your repairs will be flawless. As will your glasses.

LePage Super Glue Gel Control meets those qualifications. It works faster and holds stronger on more surfaces than ordinary instant adhesives thanks to a patented additive. It also dries clear and sets without clamping, making it easy to work with and nearly invisible when dry. Best of all, the bottle has easy-squeeze grips that make pinpoint accuracy a breeze.