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How to Adjust Your Frames

The basic goal of all frame adjusting is to maintain the three-point touch. The three-point touch describes how the weight of your glasses is distributed across the face. The two ears and the nose create the three points. There should be equal pressure and weight on all three points to make the fit most comfortable. 

Temple Adjustments

The temples should curve properly around the shape of the ear to be most comfortable. The inside of the temple should be in light contact with the skull. Too much tightening around the ear can cause tension which over time can be uncomfortable.

  • To Adjust
  • 1. Heat the temples for 30 seconds with a blow dryer to make them bendable
  • 2. Using your fingers as a rolling pin, gently mold the temple around your finger until you have formed a 45-degree angle.
  • 3. Put the frame on to examine the fit and to make any more adjustments.
  • 4. Stay away from 90-degree bends behind the ear.

Nose pad Adjustments

The nose pads should sit with the entire surface area resting on the nose. Otherwise your glasses will sit either too high or low. The goal is to have the entire surface of the nose pad make equal contact with the nose.

Metal frames come with nose pads. Plastic frames typically have nose pads molded in.

  • To Adjust:
  • 1. They are sitting to low on my nose?
  • · Metal Frames with nose pads: Use your thumbs to push the nose pads closer together until they rest evenly against both sides of your nose.
  • · Plastic Frames without nose pads: Heat the bridge for 30 seconds with a blow dryer to make it bendable. Bend the bridge, hinges and temples inward to make the frame fit snug on your face.
  • 2. They are sitting to high on my nose?
  • · Metal Frames with nose pads: Use your thumbs to spread the nose pads out until they fit comfortably on your nose.
  • · Plastic frames without nose pads: Heat the bridge for 30 seconds with a blow dryer to make it bendable. Bend the bridge outward slowly until it fits comfortably on your nose.
  • 3. One lens is higher than the other?
  • · If it’s the left lens: Bend the left temple upward at the hinge or end piece.
  • · If it’s the right lens: Bend the right temple upward at the hinge or end piece.
  • 4. One lens is closer to one eye than the other?
  • · If it’s the left lens: Bend the left temple in at the hinge.
  • · If it’s the right lens: Bend the right temple in at the hinge.