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Ways to adjust your glasses at home

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Is it possible to adjust your glasses at home if your frames are not fitting correctly?

Absolutely. Most common problems with your frames you can fix yourself, but there are some instances in which taking your glasses to an optician is the best course of action.

And, of course, if your problem is with your lenses, that’s something you typically can't repair at home. 

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Here are a few frame-related problems and tips for how to fix them at home: 

Your eyeglass frames are tilted

If you notice that one side of your frames appears higher than the other, you need to adjust the arms of your glasses (the part of the frames that hooks behind your ear).

If the right side is higher than the left: Gently bend the left arm down at the hinge or where the arm bends behind your ear. 

If the left side is higher than the right: Gently bend the right arm down at the hinge or where the arm bends behind your ear. 


  • Adjust frames a little at a time to avoid overcompensating.

  • Running the arms under warm water will make them more pliable.

  • Only use water as warm as you can get from the tap. Do NOT use boiling water. 

  • Avoid running warm water over the lenses, as it can affect the lens coatings.


Your glasses pinch your nose

Glasses that pinch your nose are not only uncomfortable, but that prolonged pressure can cause headaches or migraines. How to fix this depends on your frame material.

If you wear metal frames: Simply widen the plastic nose pads using your thumbs until the frames fit comfortably.

If you wear plastic frames: Once you’ve soaked the arms of your glasses in warm water for 30-60 seconds, gently apply an upward and outward pressure on the end of the arms to achieve a more relaxed fit.

HELPFUL TIP: If after your adjustments your glasses still pinch your nose, seek professional help from an optician.

Your glasses slide down your nose

Frequently pushing up your glasses because they’ve slid down your nose is annoying, but adjusting your glasses to fix this is easy.

If you have metal frames: Use your thumbs to narrow the nose pads until the frames no longer slip. 

If you have plastic frames: Soak the arms of your glasses for 30-60 seconds in warm water, then apply a gentle downward and inward pressure on the end of the arms. This gives a tighter fit behind the ear, which should prevent slipping.

HELPFUL TIP: Summertime is prime time when glasses and sunglasses are apt to slide down your nose. If tightening the frames isn’t doing the job, try using Nerdwax to stop the slippage.

Your glasses are too loose or too tight on your temples

Your glasses will feel very uncomfortable if your frames are too tight on your temples. On the other hand, if your frames are too loose, you can look and feel awkward.

In either case, you can adjust your frames at home for a more comfortable fit:

If the arms squeeze against your temples: For metal frames only, use your nondominant hand to secure the lens of your specs. With your dominant hand, apply very gentle outward pressure on the corner part of the frames located between the arm hinge and the lens. Repeat on the other side of your frames for a looser fit around your temples. 

If the arms fit too loosely at your temples: Again, only for metal frames, use the same method used to loosen arms, except apply gentle inward pressure on the corner part of the frames located between the arm hinge and the lens. Repeat on the other side for a tighter fit around your temples.

HELPFUL TIP: Adjusting the temples of rimless, semi-rimless or plastic frames could cause them to break. It’s recommended that you take these types of frames to an optician for adjustment.

When to take your glasses to a professional

It is smarter to have your glasses fixed by a professional if your frames are made of certain materials that resist adjustment. These materials include frames made of aluminum alloy, titanium or memory titanium, and memory plastic.

The style of your glasses or sunglasses may make your optician better suited to adjusting your glasses. For example, more durable frames, as seen in rimless or semi-rimless styles, can be more fragile when it comes to making adjustments.

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