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Three Tips For Adjusting Your Own Glasses

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Whether you fall asleep on the couch or you have a newborn who inadvertently head butts you while you're cuddling, you might end up with crooked glasses as a result. Crooked glasses can sit askew on your face and look awkward, and they can also pinch around your nose, ears or the sides of your head and be downright uncomfortable. While it's a good idea to visit your local eyewear centre to have your glasses adjusted if they're severely crooked or even damaged, there are a number of simple adjustments that you can make at home. Here are some ideas to try.

Push The Nose Pads In Or Out

In many cases, pressure on the outside of your glasses will result in one of the nose pads bending. While you need to be careful to move the problematic pad back into place gently, you can successfully do so with the right approach. Hold the glasses securely and apply pressure on the metal bracket that holds the nose pad; this is a trial-and-error process, but try to match the position to that of the opposite pad. Try the glasses on, make further adjustments and repeat the process.

Adjust The Earpieces

Depending on how you bent your glasses, it could be possible that you need to adjust one of the earpieces. These are the plastic parts of the glasses that attach to the ends of the arms and wrap around your ears. You'll know this job is needed if the earpieces are pinching on either side of your head. Holding the appropriate arm of the glasses in one hand and the earpiece in the other, rotate or bend the earpiece in the proper direction. With plastic earpieces, it can be easier to perform this adjustment if you heat the plastic with hot tap water first.

Bend The Arm

In some instances, the arms of the glasses — the long pieces that run from the lens frames to the earpieces — can get bent. This is unlikely to happen with thick-armed glasses, but can easily occur with thinner, metal arms. Set the glasses on a flat surface and look at the shape of the two arms from above. Ideally, you'll be able to see that one has an unnatural bend. Once you've identified the issue, fixing it is as simple as bending it so that it mirrors the arm on the other side. Make small adjustments and continue looking at the relationship between the two arms from overhead until they look right, and then try the fit. Contact a company like Sol Optix for more information.