Lightroom: What is the best way to edit out glare from eye glasses?

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What is the best way to edit out glare from eye glasses? Can you edit it out, but still see through the lens to see the person's eyes?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Depends on the image. In Photoshop, the Clone Stamp tool (in concert with the Clone Source panel) may work if you have a source area (another eye, or image from the shoot) you can clone from.

Whoops. Just realized you're working in Lightroom. You can try a local adjustment brush in Lightroom, but I doubt there's enough detail in the specular to completely fix it. You may be able to make it have less glare.
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That depends greatly on the glare. If it's just a little bright or dark (i.e. sunglasses), you can usually do brushing with exposure and/or clarity). If it's blown to white by specular reflection, you'll need to clone from somewhere, and that might be tough in Lightroom because you can't mirror a clone area and you can't clone from another image.
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Jennifer, you've been given great advice already.

If you wished you had better cloning support in Lightroom you could vote for this "better distraction removal technology in Lightroom" feature request.