Or, in more day to day terms, "i’ve superglued my glasses".
It doesn’t matter how it started. Maybe you were trying to fix something and you got careless. Perhaps you were stupid. That is in the past, we may never know, and we can all live without knowing, right? Right!
So youwere a dumbass and smeared superglue on your lens. DO NOT PANIC. If you try and wipe it off it will only get worse, I assure you. A clean cotton cloth will just leave lint embedded in a matrix of glue, and possibly melt your lens. So ust let it dry, you are screwed for a while no matter what you do. Go grab the spare glasses, or ust squint for about an hour.
DO NOT WEAR THE GLASSES. As the glue dries it emits vapors, and doubly so if you tried wiping it off with a cotton cloth. Just set them down!
After a while the glue will finish curing and you can examine the damage. It will be firmly smeared all over the lens, and when you put them on you will see strange shapes and blurs. This is normal, because you have glue all over the lens.
If only one lens is affected, you can hobbl around on your good eye for as long as you see fit. Eventually you may want to get the stuff off.
Don’t try polishes or horible solvents. You don’t want to destroy the lens of your glasses or melt them away. You need enzymes!
Get a pot of water and set it to boil. Add a couple of squirts of dishwashing liquid, the kind you put in a dishwasher. Don’t use surfectants, it will boil and cause a mess…automatic washer liquids don’t have surfectants (bubble makers) so you can boil it to your heart’s content.
Allow the pot to boil and then for about 15 seconds, dip your glasses into the mixture. Pull them out, then run to the sink and rinse. The glue will have formed a thin removable skin on your lenses, polish it off as you normally would.
You’ve also probably ruined any antiscratch coating your lenses have. Polish the layer off, but that’s ok, because you are going to buy another pair anyway.
This information has been brought to you by personal experience.
Note: polycarbonates have a transition temperature exceeding that of boiling water, meaning that it won’t hurt your lenses. The enzymes in quality dishwashing liquid work better at higher temperatures and work pretty fast. Ploycarbonates are used in all sorts of drinking glasses (injection formed!) and so the detergent won’t hurt your lenses. If you think things through, you can fix quite a bit with things around the house.