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all I really wanted to do was to find a way, without having to spend too much time, to remove the glare from the glasses of family members in a favorite photo.
Lightroom is not a good tool for this, especially if you don't want to spend too much time. It's not because Lightroom is "way too complicated for a total novice", it is because the tools simply don't exist in Lightroom. Even experts would find it difficult, if not impossible, to do.
Photoshop may be a better choice. But even in Photoshop, I think a beginner would struggle doing this.
Thank you. I realized these were not for me. At least, not at this time.
Think about it. Even if you use Photoshop, there's no magic here. It's just pixels - a white pixel is just a white pixel, it's not some kind of layer you can "peel off". What you see is what's there.
Basically, you'll have to reinvent what's supposed to be there.