Scratched lenses are probably THE most common type of damage that can happen to any pair of sunglasses, no matter if they’re Matrix sunglasses, Oakley’s, Ray Ban’s or any other brand or style. Unfortunately, depending on what type of lenses your sunglasses contain, you may or may not be able to repair the scratches.
Basically, there are 2 types of lenses for sunglasses: glass and plastic. Scratches on glass lenses are almost impossible to get rid of because these blemishes cut deep into the glass itself. The only possibility of removing a scratch in this scenario is if the lenses are treated with a scratch-resistant coating. If this is the case, applying some lens cleaning solution with a microfiber cloth might take care of the problem. But if the lenses are not scratch resistant, you’ll be out of luck. But the good news is that the vast majority of sunglass lenses in this day and age are made out of plastic.
For plastic lenses, the first step is to determine whether or not they are polarized. Many sunglasses are labeled as polarized if they have this quality, but if not, you’ll need to do a little experiment. Simply hold the sunglasses up to a light and slowly tilt them in various angles. If you see colored patterns or reflections when you do this, then the lenses are polarized. If they are indeed polarized, you can usually rub the scratches off with Armour Etch, which is a glass-etching abrasive solution. Just make sure you wear latex gloves when using this product, and rinse it off with warm water when done. Again, in order for this to work, your sunglasses MUST be polarized. If not, you’ll ruin the lenses.
For plastic lenses that are not polarized, you can try a standard lens cleaning kit which can be purchased at your local optical store. These kits contain a specialized type of polish specifically designed for plastic lenses, a micro-fiber cloth, and a few other add-ons. Alternatively, lemon-scented Pledge furniture polish will work as well.
If the scratches are too deep, then none of these remedies will fix the problem. In this case, your best bet would be to consult with a local optometrist. He/she might be able to professionally repair the scratches, or replace the lenses altogether. If all else fails, you’ll simply have to buy yourself a new pair of Neo sunglasses, Morpheus sunglasses or Twins sunglasses (apologies for the shameless plug…).
The bottom line is that if your sunglasses have plastic lenses – which they most likely do – then as long as the scratch is not too cavernous you should be able to make the repair. Also, keep in mind that you should always carry your sunglasses in a hard case to reduce the odds of lens damage occurring in the first place. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!