Optical Eye Glasses and Dentures for Survival

by M.D. Creekmore on December 20, 2013 · 17 comments

Article by Jeff G

booksA topic that I have never seen discussed is that of Optical Glasses, specifically, those things that let those of us with less than 20/20 vision see well. I also wear dentures and have foreseen the problems that would arise in a collapse situation.

First off, we are now at the point of preparedness that if you haven’t seen the eyeball doc in the last few years and things are a little blurry or worse, get an exam. I know the cost and inconvenience is a pain in the butt but in the next unforeseen future here in the USA and likely most western countries, you aren’t going to get the chance again for a long, long, looonnng time in a post collapse environment.

Vision is absolutely your most important preparedness item. How are you going to be prepared if you can’t see very well? A year ago, I ordered two sets of acrylic glasses from sears under their $99.00 for two pairs. Wal-Mart now sells their cheapo glasses for $39.00 plus tax each. Frame repair kits can be had for $3.95.

I prefer glass lenses as they don’t scratch as easily but they weigh more and cannot be repaired once scratched. Acrylics will become scratched easily but with care and a helping hand, they can be salvaged to almost as good as new. With Acrylic lenses, water is your best friend and paper products like toilet tissue and Paper towels are your worst enemy. This method took me about 2-3 hours per set of specs.

Salvaging Acrylic lens spectacles (glasses) will take some very high grit wet-dry sandpaper but works like a charm in my experience. I started with 1600 grit, then 2200, then with 2500 grit and finally 3500 and polishing compound and rotary buffer. The lenses were very clear for me in my experiment.

I got my sandpaper through an Amazon company for about 40 bucks for several sheets of each plus a few courser and the polishing compound. The UPSIDE is that you get a large quantity of sandpaper for your money.

All of a sudden, in a collapse situation, you have a vital and needed skill that I promise you, no one out there other than us, thought about. Keep in mind that coatings (like anti-glare and anti-scratch) will change the proper care to bring these things back to serviceable condition. Instead of going into detail about each method, I direct you to Google.com for the care of your particular type lenses.

If you wear dentures, or want to prepare another often overlooked business during a collapse, now is the time to get a few acrylic repair kits (mine are made by Dentemo Co. about $3.00 each) and some denture reline kits from the store of your choice.

George Washington had wooden teeth and they were said to be quite uncomfortable and I believe it. The denture reline kits are now a real problem to get as the company that used to sell them commercially for about $4-$5 dollars for enough to reline both dentures has stopped producing them for the stores.

Used to be (mid 2009) that they were available in the dental area of your favorite store. Not anymore as they suddenly and without notice disappeared from the shelves.

After contacting the manufacturer (SeaBond), they simply told me that they discontinued the product and the Rep had no idea why ( too much pressure from Dentist who charge $200-300 for relines, imho) Most of these do it yourself kits now sell from $15.95 to $50.00 each but you have to mail-order them.

The cheapest I found was Perma-Laboratories with 1 for $19.95 or 4 for 39.99. That is $10 a piece. One kit will only do 1 denture. (no affiliation with the company)

This stuff won’t be available for a long time in the collapse situation. Better to have it and not need it. Less than $100 and you are set to resolve what would be a real problem and change it to a minor inconvenience.


George December 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

I got my prescription for eyeglasses and went to the website
zennioptical.com and ordered two pair each of regular and bifocals. The price for reg was $6.99 each and $17.99 for the bifocals. They are made in china but sure beat the $200 that the optometrist wanted. I now have insurance for eye care but will have to see if it is as cheap. And yes the quality was very close to what I paid $200 for on the first pairs I bought the year before.

Hunker-Down December 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm


Thanks for the zenoptical reference. It’s an interesting site.

TinMan December 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm

George…. i too tried out ‘Zenni optical’ this past year. exceptionally helpful service department when i was ordering. i was totally impressed with the $24.95 finished product that my ‘local’ optician wanted $295.00 for. i will be using zenni again soon for replacement/ spare and sunglasses

Mary in GA December 21, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Thank you so much for that zennioptical link. I have just bookmarked it. I had already bought 2 pairs of cheap eyeglasses for myself and our daughter when the Stanton Optical opened a new store in our area. I got 2 pairs for $20.00 (ugliest frames you’ve ever seen) and got 2 pairs for $80.00 for her because she almost died when she saw the small selection of 2 for 20.00! I have wanted to order several more sets though.

rjarena December 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

Regarding eye glasses this is not good advice, my wife is a board certified optician, and see said this is just nuts, first off, lenses today are made out of CR39,( the least expensive and lowest quality) Polycarbonate( impact resistant) Trivex( also impact resistant) and high quality, high index(thinnest,lightest and most expensive and urethane( high tech sports/active-wear) impact resistant and very flexible. Trying to “buff out” scratches will remove any of the protective coatings that are put on the lens and can change the prescription. I can find no professional opinions that recommend doing this at all, better to live with a scratch then make your glasses useless.

Kitty December 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

and what good will a pair of lenses full of minute scratches be if I can’t get to your board certified wife or she can’t get her order into the lab she depends on or the mail isn’t going and the lab can’t send her my lenses back? this is an in an emergency when there IS no help sort of help and if it changes my perscription, so what? it’s probably still better than a pair of lenses that look like looking through a fog. be sensible.

Donna in MN December 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

I have many pairs of glasses. Some I got from my mom whose eyes are like mine..as she got older she needed stronger lenses. I had used hers when my glass frame broke. I had her glasses checked with my optician and he said my vision fit her glasses except hers were a wee bit stronger, my mom used at an older age as I was at the time. So I have future glasses in case shtf comes and no eye doctor is available.

POORMAN December 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

They were just stating their opinion which is what this board is for. Sounds like you are attacking them.

mom of three December 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Good article, how many people think of this. We keep up on our eye and dentist check ups too. I’m getting my daughter prescription re made and my son, is getting reading glasses. It’s better to have at least two pair, we also buy and have extra contact lenses.

Mike December 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Ahh yes… no one wants to be like Burgess Meredith without glasses like the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” where he had all the time he wanted to read in the end, but no glasses to read with after they broke.
Ever since seeing that show, I have always kept the last pair of prescription glasses as a spare or backup whenever I got a new pair.
Now, whenever I get a new prescription, I get two pairs of regular glasses, one pair of sunglasses, and keep the previous sets of the old prescription… so I have 6 pairs of glasses. Any glasses older than one past prescription, I donate them.
I also keep a small kit with extra screws for each pair of glasses, tweezers and small jewelers screwdriver in both phillips and flat head.

Rob December 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm

A great website for cheap eyeglasses is Zenni Optical http://www.zennioptical.com/

It never hurts to have some extra pairs.

RedC December 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered 2 denture repair kits & a denture reliner kit. I rely on my partial dentures at least 3 times a day!

Christmas Rooikat December 20, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I am going to see if I can fix my scratched-to-heck cowboy shooting specs. Great idea!

Wildman December 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Here is the Ebay denture reline kit page. We have had pretty good luck with the kit we ordered. It has been a while and I cant remember the exact merchant. Here is the link for eyeglass repair kits and the denture repair kits.
Merry Christmas Brothers and Sisters.


Mary in GA December 21, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Jeff G,
Good article! None of us wear dentures, but glasses definitely! I have extras for myself and my daughter and have meant to store even more, this is my prompt to get it done. I keep our old ones and have bought extras in our current prescription. My DH has good eyesight except he and I both need reading glasses. I buy those up cheap and have them all over the place!

davin December 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

yep, the eyes and teeth. going next week

banaras December 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

There is a plexiglass scratch removing polish made by Novus that has three parts, each successively les abrasive, it may be useful for salvaging glasses. You can also pay extra to get scratch coat put on them.

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