Your new glasses have arrived. YAY! But they’re not sitting or feeling quite right. BOO! Don’t despair, we’re going to give you the insider scoop on how to adjust your specs at home in just a few easy steps.
The life of a pair of glasses is not always an enviable one. They’re sat on, grabbed at, used as chew toys and found down toilets, so learning how to self-adjust is a valuable skill and can save you a trip to the opticians. And the good news is, it’s easier than you think! All you need is a mirror, a flat surface and patience.
TOP TIP: If you have a pair of old glasses lying around the house, why not practice on them first, before trying to adjust your new or favourite frames.
FIRST UP, WHAT NEEDS ADJUSTING?
Let’s pinpoint exactly where the problem is. Pop your glasses on, set the mirror at eye level and position your new glasses so that the middle of your eye is central to the middle of your lenses. This is where your eyes should sit so use this spot as your goal when deciding what adjustments need to be made. Now you’re ready to begin…
WHICH SCENARIO BELOW DESCRIBES YOUR SITUATION:
At LCG, we balance all glasses before they can pass the strict quality control tests. However, glasses often need to be re-balanced to fit an individuals features, one ear slightly higher than the other or a nose with a slight bend.
This is one of the main reasons why glasses need adjusting, so let’s check the temple arms by lying your glasses down on a flat surface, the right way up and also upside down. Both temple arms should rest evenly. If they don’t, you can easily adjust them with different techniques dependent on what material they’re made from.
Plastic frames: Plastic frames are often chosen for their robustness. However, when it comes to adjusting them, this benefit provides a bit of a challenge. But don’t worry, you just need to add a bit of heat to the equation. This can be done by warming them up gently with a hairdryer or running them under hot water for 15-25 seconds. Once the plastic has warmed up, just apply light pressure to the area that needs adjusting. Take care not to press too hard to avoid the arms snapping and also make sure not to overheat the frames, as this can cause the plastic to melt or discolouration.
TOP TIP: The secret is to keep trying your glasses on after each adjustment and checking in the mirror, until you get them just right. Patience is everything!
Wire/Metal frames: Metal frames are a lot more fragile than their plastic cousins, so if this is your style of choice it’s wise to get the self-adjusting skills sorted as they may require the occasional tweaks due to daily use. Gently bend the arms until they are straight using either your fingers or pliers and keep checking against a flat surface. Adding heat isn’t usually necessary but can make the material more mouldable. Again, make sure to keep trying them on after each adjustment until you are happy with them.
TOP TIP: If you’re going to use pliers, wrap the plier tips in tape or tissue to prevent any scratches or dents on the frames.
YOUR LENSES ARE SITTING TOO HIGH OR TOO LOW?
This may mean that the nose pieces need adjusting to help your eyes sit centrally to the middle of the lens. If the glasses are too high, gently move the nose pads further apart. If the glasses sit too low, then gently pinch the nose pads closer together.
TOP TIP: If you can, bend each of the nose pads together or apart equally to keep the symmetry of your glasses
YOUR FRAMES ARE TOO TIGHT OR KEEP SLIPPING?
Time to be firm but gentle! Hold the glasses so that they’re facing towards you and grip the hinges along each side piece and bow the temple arms outwards if you need to relieve pressure on the sides of your head or inwards if you need them to fit more snugly.
TOP TIP: Be aware of your ears! If your glasses are straight when you wear them but crooked when laid on a flat surface, this could mean that one of your ears is higher than the other. The temple arms can then be bent using the most suitable technique to accommodate the height difference.
STILL SLIPPING OFF?
You’ve worked through the checklist but your glasses keep running away from your face!? It’s time to break out the tiny screwdriver you’ve been keeping for an occasion such as this. They can often be found in cleaning and repair kits for glasses. Gently tighten the hinge screws, taking care not to over tighten, or you risk damaging the plastic or metal that they are holding in place.
TOP TIP: Know when to give up! The majority of frame or lens issues can be solved with the advice provided but you can’t win them all! If you’ve made multiple adjustments to the frame, nose and ear pieces and they still don’t feel right, then drop us a note with images to [email protected] and we’ll see what we can do!