Why Do Glasses Keep Sliding Down Your Nose?
Chances are if you wear glasses, you’re reading this. Because all of us have experienced that dreaded slip…as they slide down the bridge of your nose. Having to push them up your nose constantly can be quite irritating, not only because it’s annoying but that constant movement can cause friction against the skin, eventually leading to discoloration and irritation.
So what’s the solution, do you make your glasses tighter, how?
Reasons Your Glasses Keep Sliding Down
If your glasses keep slipping down your nose it could be due to many reasons, but nothing a few tweaks and adjustments can’t fix.
Your glasses slide down your nose because:
- The frames could be too loose or wide
- The frame could be too heavy
- The angle of the arms might be wrong
- The bridge of your nose could be too narrow
- You could have oily skin
But worry not, if your glasses don’t fit the way you want them to, we’ll show you simple hacks to remedy that. In fact, it’s quite easy to make small adjustments to your eyeglasses at home and achieve a more comfortable fit. Let’s get started.
Tips To Keep Your Glasses From Slipping
Aligning Your Glasses
Whether you order them online or get them at the store, your glasses will have a standard alignment. To know whether they are perfectly aligned, place them face-up on a flat surface. Both templates should be parallel and in contact with the surface. The highest points of both lens frames should also be in contact with the surface. In an ideal world, the glasses should look perfectly balanced on your face. But they often don’t. Everyone has a unique face shape. Look in the mirror. If one lens is lower than the other, the fix is easy enough. Simply bend the temple arm down on the side that is too low. Alternatively try bending the high side temple up.
If your frames are made of acetate, gently heat the temple-arm by aiming a blow dryer at the point of adjustment for 15 to 20 seconds before making the adjustment. You could also run your frames under hot water (NOT boiling water) for 20 to 30 seconds, without wetting the lenses.
How to tighten misaligned glasses? Note that if your frames are metallic, they are more malleable, and you don’t need to apply heat. Simply bend the temple piece gently at the hinge. Make small adjustments, check how it fits and then adjust a bit more if needed. Remember to allow plastic glasses to cool for a minute before you try them on.
Frames That Sit Too High or Too Low
All that’s needed if your glasses keep sliding down your nose or sit too low is adjustment of the nose pads. So how do you adjust nose pads on your glasses? They need to be adjusted—delicately—inwards. Meanwhile, if they pinch a bit or sit too high on your nose, you’ll need to adjust them outwards. Remember to adjust the nose pads evenly on both sides.
Adjusting Glasses That Keep Slipping Down Your Nose
If this happens even after you’ve adjusted the nose pads, or you have a pair of frames that don’t have adjustable nose pads, this is what you should do: Slightly bend the temple piece at the point where it angles down over your ear inwards and downwards. By doing this you hook the frame more tightly around your ears. If the frames are metallic, this should be easy enough. In case of plastic frames, apply gentle heat in advance and then maneuver. On the other hand, if your glasses are to tighten and you want to loosen the fit, do the exact opposite: bend slightly upward and outward.
Glasses Gotten Loose Over Time
This is a common enough problem especially with metal frames. So how to fix loose glasses? It’s super easy! Most glasses have screws where the hinge is located on each temple, which become loose as you put on and take off your glasses multiples times a day. Simply tighten with a small screwdriver and they are as good as new.
Silicone Nose Pads
If all else fails, good old Silicone nose pads to the rescue. How do you adjust the glasses at home with silicone pads? You can attach these to your eyeglasses by sticking the adhesive side down on the bridge of your glasses. These pads add bridge support and keep your glasses in place. They are pretty much invisible, and can be left on your glasses till the adhesive wears off and you need to replace them. Make sure you clean your glasses’ nose pads with mild soap to wash off oil and dirt before applying the silicone nose pads so that they stick on properly. The good part, they can be used with virtually all glasses and are safe to use even for those with sensitive skin and kids.
FAQs: How To Keep Glasses From Sliding Down
- How to tighten your glasses at home?
There are many ways to tighten your glasses at home. It all depends on the frame material and where the glasses need fixing. You can adjust the nose pads if your glasses keep sliding down your nose, tighten the hinge if the arms are loose or apply heat to bend misaligned frames.
- How to tighten plastic glasses?
In case of plastic frames, apply gentle heat using a blow dryer on high and then bend it inwards and downwards. On the other hand, if your glasses are to tight and you want to loosen the fit, do the exact opposite: bend slightly upward and outward.