How to adjust nose pads on glasses (Pro tips in 2022)

how to adjust nose pads on glasses

How to adjust nose pads on glasses. Suppose you are reading a newspaper on one fine morning when you realize you have to adjust your glasses five times in the last 10 minutes. Not realizing what the problem was, you opted to go to an optician. After going, you find out that the nose pads of your glasses are too wide apart. What’s worse, you could have adjusted them yourself, saving yourself both time and money.

Nose pads are very easy to adjust in both reading glasses and sunglasses. The way to adjust them will depend on whether they are positioned too wide, too narrow, or skewed to one side. 

Let us take a look at how to adjust nose pads on glasses so that you don’t spend an unnecessary amount of money going to an optician.

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3 Different Ways to adjusting nose pads on glasses

As they are screwed parts of your glasses, nose pads can get wider, narrower than you would have liked or get skewed to one side. So you have to adjust them according to the situation.

Adjust nose pads when they are too wide

Adjust nose pads when they are too wide

If you notice that your glasses are sitting too low on your nose and you are having to look over the glasses to look forward, then your glasses’ nose pads are positioned too wide. There are a few easy steps you should follow so that you are not facing this problem anymore:

  1. Hold the frame of your glasses in such a manner that your index finger is on top of the frame while the thumb is under it. 
  2. Then hold one nose pad along with the metal hinge with the index finger and thumb of the other hand.
  3. Rotate them inwards a little by little.
  4. Flip the glasses and do the same thing with the other nose pad.
  5. Put the glasses on a few times to make sure that you now have the correct width between the nose pads. 

Adjust nose pads when they are too narrow

If the glasses are sitting too high on your face and you can not push them down to your desired level, it means that the nose pads are situated too close to each other. But you don’t have to worry as fixing them is very easy. All you need to do is to follow the following steps.

  1. With your index finger on top and the thumb on the bottom, hold on to the frame of your glasses gently.
  2. Take one nose pad between the other hand’s thumb and index finger and rotate it outwards a little at a time.
  3. Flipping the glass, now hold the other nose pad in the same way as before.
  4. Rotate this one outwards as well, little by little. 
  5. To make sure that you haven’t pushed them too wide, frequently put the glasses on after each little adjustment.

Adjust glasses when they are skewed to one side

Adjust glasses when they are skewed to one side

Sometimes you will notice that the glasses you are wearing are neither too loose nor tight, rather they are leaning towards one side. This means that one nose pad is okay but the other one is too far inside than it should have been. To solve this problem, you have to just follow these short steps :

  1. Notice which side the glasses are leaning towards. Then hold the frame as mentioned before with the index finger and the thumb of one hand.
  2. Take the nose pad of the side that the glasses are leaning to and little by little rotate it inwards.
  3. After you have rotated the nose pad a little, put the glasses on to see whether the problem has been solved or not. 
  4. If you still are having the same problem, repeat the process until you are satisfied.

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Things to remember when adjusting nose pads on glasses

 As glasses are pretty delicate equipment, you need to be careful while handling them. It is even truer when adjusting nose pads as they are quite small and can be damaged pretty easily. While adjusting nose pads on your glasses, keep the following things in mind :

  1. While holding the frame, make sure to not hold it in such a way that either your index finger or the thumb is placed on the glasses or the lens. This can cause two problems. First, the glasses will get dirty from your fingers. Second, if you hold them too firmly, you may damage the lens, costing you more money than you needed to.
  2. When adjusting the nose pads, make sure that you hold both the nose pads and their metal hinges at the same time. Rotating the nose pads without the hinges will do you no good.
  3. Make sure to rotate the nose pads gently and a little at a time. If you are too rough and put too much force into rotating them, you will break them. On the other hand, rotating too much at once will not only damage the nose pads but will make them too tight or too loose. Then you will have to do it all over again.
  4. After each small adjustment, put on the glasses to see if the adjustment is right. If you do not do this, you will almost certainly find that you either have placed the nose pads too close to each other or you have placed them too far apart.
  5. While holding the frame, hold it gently so that you don’t damage the frame itself.
  6. Once you are done adjusting the nose pads, wipe the frame and the glasses with a cotton cloth or tissue paper so that neither any dirt nor your fingerprints are on them.

Final words

As you can see, adjusting the nose pads is not a big deal at all. Once you learn how to adjust nose pads on glasses, it will take you less than 5 minutes to complete the whole ordeal. Just make sure that you follow the aforementioned precautionary steps to avoid additional damage to your glasses. 

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