How to Adjust Your Glasses
You just saved a bundle after you ordered your favourite pair of glasses from HiP Optical. We don’t just offer you the best pair of glasses, but also ensure they fit you perfectly and give you a great look. We achieve this by guiding you on how to adjust your glasses.
When you purchase new glasses or sunglasses, they normally require adjustment so that you can have a perfect fit. Other than this, your glasses may get out of shape after wearing them for long. To adjust your glasses, you don’t need an optometrist. You can make adjustments all by yourself.
Here are easy fixes that you can perform safely on your glasses at home. To start with, you need to decide the kind of adjustments that should be performed on your glasses. To accomplish that, follow these steps.
Stand before a mirror to wear glasses
Look straight ahead, position your glasses so that the middle of the lenses is positioned at the center of your eyes.
That is the optical center and the perfect eyeglass location. This is the optimal position that all adjustments should aim to achieve. For bifocal lenses, the line should be positioned at your lower eyelid. If you are using trifocal lenses, aim at having the top line sit below your pupil.
Look out for problems with the temple arm
Sometimes your eyeglasses might appear crooked or heavily tilted on one side. Such problems are brought about by crooked temple arms.
To test your temple arms, lay the pair of glasses upside down on any flat surface. You should have both temple arms resting evenly on top of the flat surface. Otherwise, if that is not the case, your glasses need adjustment.
You might find that your glasses are level on the face but appear crooked when placed on a flat surface. In such a case, your left ear is positioned higher than the right one or vice versa. Adjusting eyeglasses, in this case, should be aimed at bending the temple arms to compensate for the differences in your ear height.
Find nosepiece issues while wearing a pair of glasses
To identify problems regarding the nosepiece, determine the height at which glasses rest while on the face. If you realize that your lenses sit too high or extremely low, there is a high likelihood that the nosepiece has a problem. Thus an adjustment is needed on the nosepiece areas.
Check for tightness or looseness
When you put on your eyeglasses, they might be positioned perfectly at the right height while centered on your face. However, you might feel that they are a bit tight or a little loose. To adjust the looseness or tightness of your pair of glasses, bow the earpieces inwards or outwards based on your needs.
The right place to adjust this problem is the hinge. When you bow the earpieces of your eyeglasses outwards, you help to clear the unnecessary pressure exerted on the temples or sides of your head. On the other hand, you will make your eyeglasses fit more snugly on both sides of your head by bowing the earpieces inwards.
Look for slippage
Sometimes you might have eyeglasses that look well-fitted on all areas but are sliding on your face. If you experience that, your eyeglasses require adjustment. Sliding is resolved by adjusting the screws that attach the arms with the lenses.
After determining the adjustments that your eyeglasses need, you should go ahead and implement that.
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Making Adjustments on Eyeglasses
Temple arm Levelling
Temple arms usually extend around and over the ears. They function by holding the frame in the right position. Before you begin adjusting your temple arms, you should consider the style of the eyeglasses that you wear. This is because correcting a temple arm problem differs from plastic frames, metal frames, to wireframes.
When adjusting eyeglasses with plastic frames, you should heat the lower arm plastic using a hairdryer or any other warm air source. This is aimed at making the plastic pliable. Then, use your hands to gently move the plastic upwards until you achieve your desired position. Use the hair dryer carefully because it can melt the plastic of your eyeglasses.
If you can’t get a hair dryer, an alternative is to run your eyeglasses user hot water for about 15 to 25 seconds. In doing so, you will make the arms pliable enough to be adjusted. You also need to be cautious with hot water as plastic may snap when heated.
To adjust your wire frames to your desired position, use small pliers to bend the temple arms gently. Keep putting your glasses on to ascertain whether they are in position. You may also observe yourself in a mirror to check the position of your glasses.
Ensure not to utilize wire cutters as they can easily damage your frames. It is recommendable to use padded pliers to avoid damaging your pair of glasses.
Adjust or bend the earpieces
Begin by checking your eyepiece curvature. If your glasses are pinching on the sides of your head or ears, you should bend the earpiece upward. If you have loose glasses that are slip off on your nose, adjust them by twisting your earpieces inwards. Again, the way you achieve this is based on your frame type.
Use pliers or even bare hands to adjust the earpieces of your wire framed eyeglasses.
For plastic frames, use hot water or a hair dryer to make the plastic pliable before bending it to your desired position.
Tightening eyeglass screws
If your eyewear slides down your face, this kind of adjustment is the most ideal for fixing the problem. It helps to secure the lenses of their frames. To accomplish this, you need a very small screwdriver that fits your eyewear screws.
Such screwdrivers come with standard eyewear repair and cleaning kits. You need not over tighten your eyeglass screws to avoid damaging the metal or plastic that holds them in place.
Fixing nose pads
Your nose pads need to be moved further apart if your glasses sit too high. Otherwise, if they sit too low on your face, pinch your nose pads to get them closer. Ensure to bend your nose pieces apart or together at equal distances to maintain your glasses' symmetry.
Preventing your glasses from damage
Make slight adjustments
Never make drastic or huge adjustments to your eyeglasses at once. Usually, it is not easy to twist the eyeglasses once again into the original adjustment after they have been repaired. Therefore, check your glasses carefully, make a slight adjustment, and keep making minor modifications until they fit you perfectly.
When fixing plastic frames, it is recommendable that you use minimal pressure. Applying an excessive force can make the casing to snap. This can result in the permanent destruction of your glasses.
It is advisable to wrap the edges of your pliers while adjusting the frames of the glasses. This will help you in maintaining a good distance to avoid scratching the glasses' frames. If your glasses get scratched, they will lose their original form. It is very difficult to fix eyewear scratches.
Understand the nature of your frames
There are a few styles of eyeglass frames that are made using materials that cannot be adjusted. Casings made of aluminium alloy, memory plastic, or titanium are made to make frames impervious to bending, adjustment or manipulation.
What to do when your glasses can’t be adjusted
While you can perform basic adjustments to fix the above issues from home, some cases may warrant that you just purchase new glasses. For instance, you may have performed many adjustments to the earpieces, nosepiece, or frames, and yet the problem with your glasses is not corrected.
Besides, after many years of use, some eyeglasses can’t be saved from getting worn out. If you are at such a point, it is time for you to make up your mind to order new glasses.
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