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How to Tighten Glasses

Tightening Your Glasses

If you wear glasses every day, it's not surprising that they can eventually get a bit loose as time goes on. If your glasses end up being too loose, they can fall off and break or become lost. Loose glasses aren't just at risk of becoming damaged - they're also annoying to wear since you constantly have to push them back up the bridge of your nose. Read on to learn how to tighten your glasses so that you can wear them comfortably and in confidence once again.

What You Need

Before you attempt to tighten your glasses, you'll need a few important tools. A basic eyeglasses repair kit is ideal since it comes with just about everything you need including a tiny screwdriver and replacement screws. You might also need to purchase some new nose pads, especially if the ones you have now are flat or missing. Gather your screws, screwdriver, and nose pads together before you begin the tightening process.

How to Tighten Your Glasses at Home

When you're ready to get started, make sure that you're in a clean and comfortable area with good lighting. It's best to tighten your glasses on a grippy surface like a placemat or something made of silicone or rubber. Surfaces that are too hard or slippery can make your glasses more vulnerable to damage while you work.

  • Check the arms or temples of your glasses to see if they feel wobbly. If they do, use the small screwdriver from your eyeglass repair kit, and gently adjust the screw located in the hinge. This is where the temple attaches to the frame. If the screw does not seem to get tighter, replace it with a new one and avoid tightening it too much. You can loosen the temple a bit until it moves back and forth easily without wobbling. Try on your glasses and see how they feel on your head. They should feel snug and comfortable without feeling too loose.
  • Make sure that your nose pads don't feel wobbly or loose. If they do, you can adjust them using the screwdriver. If the nose pads are bent or one is missing, remove the old ones and replace them with new nose pads. Check the angle to see if they're off-balance. If they feel too tight, it could be that the screw attaching the nose pads is bent or laying at an odd angle.
  • As you go, continue to try your glasses on and adjust either the screw or nose pads as needed. If they still feel too loose, you may need to take them to an eyewear specialist for a professional adjustment. They may be able to reshape the frames of your glasses for free of charge.

Knowing how to tighten your glasses yourself will ensure that they're comfortable and snug. This simple technique will also maintain the lifespan of your eyeglasses, saving you quite a bit of money in the long run. When in doubt, consult with an eyeglass repair company so they can help you restore your glasses to their original, comfortable fit.


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