DIY Eyeglasses Takes Center Stage on ‘How to Make Everything’


Dr. Mark Sabre (l) tests Andy George’s
vision wearing his DIY frames.

MINNEAPOLIS—Eyewear has come a long way since its inception. With so much technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to sometimes forget the process of making things without the use of high tech instruments. The video series, “How To Make Everything” aims to bring us back to the understanding of the complex processes of manufacturing that we might take for granted.

According to the show’s website, “How To Make Everything isn’t so much of a “how-to” show as it is a way of understanding the world. In each episode, Andy takes on a new product, learning the history and evolution of the things we use every day.”

Andy George, host of “How To
Make Everything,” wearing
frames featuring the glass he
made completely from

So, when host Andy George decided to embark on creating his own pair of glasses, he called on the expertise of Dr. Mark Sabre from Uptown Vision Eyecare and Eyewear in Minneapolis to rate his finished product.

After first attempting to make glasses using glass that he’d blown himself and ground to his prescription, George also attempted to make glass using raw materials. He showed both of the products to Dr. Sabre and they ultimately decided to test the more refined pair of frames.

With Dr. Sabre first using a lens meter to read the power of his prescription followed up with an acuity test, they checked just how well George’s final product held up.

Take a look at the video segment below to see just how Dr. Sabre rated Andy George’s DIY eyeglasses.