How to Adjust Eyeglass Frames That Keep Slipping Off Your Face.

So you bought some eyeglasses online and you like them butttttt they don’t fit your face. They slip off, feel wiggly or look kind of crooked. You can adjust those eyeglass frames in about 5 minutes.

 

 

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I bought these eyeglasses online years ago.  Buying eyeglasses online is great, and convenient and usually cheap but what about fitting them to your face?  That’s not so great.

These particular glasses were the right size for my face, but they slid down my nose.  I pushed them up.  They slid down.  I pushed them up.  They slid down.

My optometrist also sells and fits eyeglasses and I’m sure they’d fit my Internet glasses for me (and then talk about what an ass I am for having them fix glasses that I didn’t buy there), but … I don’t feel right about it. For obvious reasons. Also then I’d feel like I owe them a favour and frankly the last person  you want to be in debt to is an optometrist.  What if they need an eye one day?  What then?

Then it hit me.  All I needed was a bit of hot air.

Eyeglasses?  Meet hairdryer.

The only tool you need to make your glasses fit perfectly.  Without a single optician in sight.

How to Bend Eyeglasses So They Fit.

 

This is the before of my eyeglasses. You can see why they’d slip down someone’s nose.  The arms don’t curl around the ears.  They’re very straight.

 

 

Enter the hairdryer.

  1. Set the hairdryer to hot and point it at the portion of the arm you want to bend. Heat the arm until it’s hot and bends easily with gentle pressure.
  2. You can use the hairdryer on the nose of the glasses as well.  Heating it there you can slightly bend the frames from that point which will make the frames fit tighter against your head.

 

You did it.  You fixed your own glasses. For free!

 

 

You have eyeglasses that stay on your face and you never have to push them up again, leaving your finger for more important tasks like picking up potato chips and pointing and laughing at people with poorly fitting eyeglasses.

 

 

To adjust your glasses if they don’t sit straight on your head because of your embarrassingly unlevel ears you don’t need the hairdryer at all.  Just gently bend them up or down at the hinges.

You are the best.  You are confident.  YOU have glasses that fit.  And you did it all without it costing you an arm and an eyeball.

 

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69 Comments

  1. Valerie says:

    Where would women be without hair dryers, power drills, nail files, nut pickers, dental floss and razor blade scrapers?
    Now, in order to complete your amateur status as an optician you also need to procure a small case of precision screwdrivers available at a dollar store. Checking the little screws on the eyeglass arms occasionally is a good idea to make sure they aren’t working their way out. Putting clear nail polish on the screw ends also helps cement them in place.

    • Karen says:

      What am I an amateur? Of course I have those teeny tiny screwdrivers! I love those, I use them for everything! Except fixing my glasses, lol. I’ll get on that now tho. 🙂 ~ karen!

    • Toni says:

      Oooh, nail polish trick sounds great, never thought of it! Thanks, Valerie

      Karen, I can feel my glasses slipping down my nose as I type this. You always have a timely post and make me LOL! Thanks so much on both counts!

  2. Pati Gulat says:

    Awesome !!! You are amazing, Karen….but then you knew that already…. 😉

    • Karen says:

      I am not. But thank you! ~ karen

      • James Nelson says:

        Can we allow for some minor but friendly disagreement? You are amazing, and in a very special sense in special ways. I just had the good fortune to find your website, and I quickly recognized — dare I repeat? — your special approach and attitude to solving life’s little problems, and I will not be surprised if you solve some big problems too once I have time for further investigation. You are appreciated and valued. In time, it is possible that your reputation will be legendary and renown in the far nether reaches of the human world. And you will still be as humble and unassuming as you are always. Thanks for all your efforts.

      • Mary W says:

        What Jamison said.

  3. SeaDee says:

    [Slaps forehead] why didn’t I think of that! Can’t wait to try this.

  4. Brad Rohr says:

    As your favorite knitting optician, I heartily approve of your post! I’ve been working in the optical biz for more than 15 years ( I won’t say exactly how long because I want to be thought of as a hot young stud instead of an old fogey) and a hair dryer is the best in a pinch. The only thing I will say is some frames are stamped COLD INSERT ONLY… Don’t heat those, anything else is fair game.
    Glasses online are awesome, especially for backups… But, this is for your readers, if you purchase progressive (no line) or lined bifocal lenses online and you get them and you can’t see perfectly, please don’t call or email the optician at your eye doctor’s office and tell them that they are horrible at their job… There are several measurements for those lenses that need to be done with the precise frame while it is on your face. The online places just use generic measurements for these lenses and they are not made for you so they are awesome, AWESOME, as backups or occasional glasses, especially reading glasses, but just be aware that your eye doctor did not give you the wrong prescription if they don’t work perfectly, the eyeglass manufacturer online did not make those glasses for your face.

    That is the end of my public service announcement about eyeglasses. I’m going back to listening to the ocean outside my hotel room.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for the info Brad. 🙂 I didn’t know you were an optician too. I, quite frankly, was impressed enough with your knitting prowess. Now you’ve entered a whole new level of impressiveness. Enjoy the ocean! ~ karen

  5. Patty Martin says:

    I was going to tell you the same thing about the progressive eyeglasses as the above person. You need to go to someone that really knows what they’re doing too. I never had a problem with my progressives from day one. I’ve had other friends who have gotten progressive eyeglasses from eye doctors who apparently didn’t know what they were doing and found they couldn’t wear the progressives because they made them so dizzy. I believe if they had gone to a competent eye doctor they wouldn’t have had a problem.

  6. SK Farm Girl says:

    I love what you’ve done with your hair! The spikey hair thing we can see (now that we have properly adjusted frames) in your silhouette!!! That is your real silhouette, isn’t it??? Please tell me it is! I love the spikey hair thing so much I’m taking your silhouette picture to my hair stylist so I can have a happenin’ do like your yours! I’m not a stalker, well maybe I am, but not one of those dangerous types! I don’t care what my parole officer tells you! I am not dangerous; there is a restraining order in place that clearly states I’m not allowed to have guns, knives or power tools! So clearly I’m not a dangerous kind of stalker just a Karen wannabe!!! How did I get off on this tangent??? Oops I forgot to take my meds today!!!

  7. Brilliant! After reading your post, I immediately got out the hairdryer and my eyeglasses and did this (of course, after making sure it didn’t stay “cold insert only” per Brad’s comment). They fit so much better now. Thanks!

  8. Angela says:

    Thank goodness you included the part about adjusting at the hinges, as I have embarrassingly unlevel ears.

  9. Tigersmom says:

    I just recently learned about this for bending the nose to make them tighter on my face, but the ear piece part and bending them at the hinge for my super-lopsided ears is a revelation.

    I can’t wait to try this, (but I have to because everyone is asleep) especially since my glasses are thick and heavy even with a high index lens and if I’m wearing them and have to look down for any length of time I get an instant headache.

    Do you think the hinge trick would work on cheap sunglasses and readers, too? The plastic on those seems to be the harder, more brittle kind and I wonder if it would break, (not that it would be much of a loss if they came from the dollar store to begin with).

    • Karen says:

      Hey! All you can do is give it a shot. Heat the arm up well with the hairdryer. You’ll know right away if you get the arm good and hot whether it’s going to work or not. If it doesn’t budge when you give it some pressure to bend, just quit. But usually plastic is plastic and it will soften and bend. ~ karen!

  10. Jody says:

    My 80+ father needed to fix the bridge if his glasses. So he used a hot air gun and a toothbrush to melt “new” plastic onto the glasses. It worked but kinda looked goofy. Don’t recommend this.

  11. I really needed to know this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’m not kidding. Now I have to go fix my crooked eyeglasses. Finally.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Dani – You’re welcome from the bottom of my heart, lol. I know … it was a revelation to me when I finally thought .. I’m SURE I can fix these myself. I’ve had glasses sliding off my face for YEARS now. No more. ~ karen!

  12. Alli says:

    This sounds like a sure fire way to create sore, red blisters behind your ears. For glasses to sit properly on your face and not slip down they have to be right behind your ears, and the hinges, and at the nose (and have a correct panoscopic tilt…the amount of tilt at the hinges, which is another reason it might be a bad idea to mess with the hinges) and work together to evenly distribute the weight across your nose and ears.

    But, if they are your glasses and your face, I guess you can do whatever you want!

  13. kippy says:

    I have a friend who was wearing reading glasses while he was working, somehow one bow of the frame broke. For an immediate fix, he ran a plastic drinking straw through what was left of the bow, with the straw bend coinciding with the part that would go behind the ear. It actually looks quite artsy(but wacky). The bad news is…he hasn’t bothered to go get new frames or the bow repaired by an optician and it has been five months.
    Karen and Brad, does the heat technique work on Flexon type frames or just plastic ones? Don’t want to ruin my glasses!

  14. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    I think you should start another blog called “Ask The Experts”..Then people who know more than you about any subject can go there to leave their expert opinions on the things you write about..and the rest of us can come here to have fun, learn something and leave nice comments..You don’t have to always agree with someone but you can always be polite and kind and if you can’t..don’t comment..I’m sorry Karen but I think some people just troll the blogs searching for something to be negative about..God forbid they just keep their mouths shut and let everyone else enjoy what is being discussed..I guess it’s getting on my nerves because I’m seeing more and more of this rude behavior..

  15. jeannie B says:

    Well, I always have had a hair dryer and I’ve always worn sunglasses and now I know how to get them to fit better. Thanks Karen.

  16. Alli says:

    Um, if Kippy is calling me a troll, I’m not sure what to say about that. I don’t feel like my comment was rude, and was contributing to the discussion. It’s not much of a discussion if everyone automatically agrees, now is it? I love this blog and read it daily, but that doesn’t mean my only choices are to automatically agree 100% with everything said, or never say anything at all.

    Sorry Karen, I’m not trying to highjack the post, I do love your blog and can’t wait to see the big kitchen reveal!

    • gary says:

      If you didn’t think you were being rude why would you assume that comment was about you? It wasn’t a reply to your comment.

  17. Barbie says:

    ….but I can’t “see” if it says “cold insert only” because when I take my glasses off…well I can’t SEE! LOLOLOL

  18. Christina says:

    This is awesome. I’m going to fix my husband’s glasses right now. His slip down and he leaves them half-way down his nose. And it drives me MAD. He knows it drives me mad, so he leaves them there on purpose and stares at me. He will be so very disappointed when he gets home tonight. Thank you!

    • Christina says:

      I’m replying to myself because, Karen, I must tell you…two hours after adjusting the husband’s glasses, I’m still evil laughing to myself. I can’t wait until he gets home.

  19. Mel says:

    I hate that my plastic glasses slip. So much so that the next pair I bought were going to be metal rims with the rubber noses pieces. Then I would hate my glasses but avoid the hated glasses slippage. Now I can get what I want. You are my hero. Truth.

  20. kippy says:

    I don’t understand why someone thinks I called them a troll and see no reference as such in my previous comment.. I always am respectful when commenting and never accuse someone of anything that might be considered cruel or demeaning.

  21. Mindy says:

    Are you stalking me? How did you know that I have brand new glasses? I wish I had your loosey goosey problem. Mine’s the opposite. They’re pressing so damn hard into my head behind my ears that it’s giving me blurred vision. Which sort of defeats the purpose of new glasses.

  22. Melissa says:

    I’ve done that with my sunglasses. I’m less impressed by the glasses bending than I am the shot of you holding the glasses, the hairdryer AND taking the photo. You have mad skills, or, 3 arms.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Melissa! But I’m not *that* great. I actually have a miniature flying monkey that works not dissimilar to a helicopter in that I can have him fly in one spot and hold things for me. I’ve named him Cheeto. ~ karen!

  23. Becky says:

    If your glass have an anti-reflective coating you can craze (crack) it easily if you get the hairdryer close to your lens. Most people don’t know that the AR coating is somewhat heat sensitive, as it expands at a different rate than your lens does.

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  25. Nancy says:

    For your bald readers, or your rebellious readers that have nothing to do with a hair dryer, boil water (nuke or stove) and stick the ear pieces in for a few seconds til pliable. Bend to your heart’s delight.

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  28. Jon says:

    If adjusting the eyeglass is too challenging, simple accessories like ear hook/temple tip that slips on the eyeglass temple will hold the eyeglass well without slipping. This one works for me (http://betasimplicity.com/wedgeclassic.html). There are also others although I find them less comfortable.

  29. Jan says:

    I have one ear lower than the other…….any suggestions?

  30. Penny says:

    What’s happening? I received this as a new post but all the comments are dated either 2014 or 2016!
    I generally applaud your efforts at recycling but I’m hoping this is not an old post.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, it’s a post from 2014. I often put up one old post a week (Tuesday or Thursday) after rewriting a bit and redoing photos. ~ karen!

    • Jane says:

      Penny, if you look underneath the title of the article, you would have noticed the line “THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED: March 27th, 2019”

  31. Miriam Mc Nally says:

    Karen, you are brilliant! I don’t even wear glasses (thanks to my laser eye surgery last year 🙂 ), but will definitely try this on a beautiful pair of sunglasses that keep slipping!

  32. christina says:

    oK SO I just sent back my prescription sunglasses because of this problem and only received half my money since they cannot re-sell them. I wish i knew this.

    I am going through this right now with my regular (near sighted) glasses. So annoying i cant stand it… I will try this over the weekend. A friend mentioned put them under hot water but I like your idea.

  33. Mary W says:

    I bet you loved McGiver!

    • PegB says:

      Karen is better than McGyver. I can actually do most of the things Karen teaches. I can’t do any of the things McGyver does.

  34. Lynn says:

    Ok I have a question, do you know how to measure lens to get a replacement frame? Hubby broke his favourite game frames, the lens are are still in perfect condition. He went to several shops and they either wanted 4 times the amount of the original price of said glasses or had no luck what so ever. So he is willing to look at internet frames now.
    Hoping you have some ideas.

  35. Gigi says:

    I miss your manicured nails. Especially the matte black. Are yours naked because they are always in the dirt or grass stained this time of year like mine?
    I’m curious since I live through you vicariously, what is your criteria for polish?

  36. Jan says:

    Hi Karen, love your blog. I didn’t purchase my plastic eye glass frames on line but at my optometrist office. I have been back in about 7 times to have the frames adjusted. The last time I was in they showed me a product that is packaged like lip gloss and is called “Nerd Wax”. I have to say that it has really done the trick. My glasses don’t slide down my nose nearly as often. It is applied liberally inside where the nose pads would be, only my plastic glasses have that part built right in. They said to reapply it whenever necessary. I have been really pleased with it.

  37. PegB says:

    My uncle was an Optician. When he adjusted glasses frames, he stuck the esr pieces in warm sand. There is an actual product that opticians can buy. So your hair dryer solution is correct. I wonder if heating sand in the microwave would work too.

  38. Sabina says:

    Yes but when they hang on my ears I get a headache, so another way to adjust them is to heat the arms and push the ends in slightly so they “hug” your head instead of resting on your ears 😉

    Signed,
    Wearing glasses since age 12

  39. Jana Marck says:

    Mine aren’t the kind that would benefit from this so I use NerdWax on the nose pieces. It does work–no slipping! Also, when I need a repair of my not-from-Costco glasses, I take them to Costco and they fix them for free. I loooove Costco!

  40. Catherine says:

    Also effective is this alternative: put small-black o-rings between the face frame and earpiece hinges. It’s very good for those sunglasses that are a tad over sized for your actual head but you still want to wear them without them falling off at every opportunity. I found a pair of Raybans and had the cracked lenses replaced. but the frames were just a bit too big. Enter the o-ring. You just roll it up the earpiece and nestle it into the hinge and hey presto! glasses fit. Yay! Since I’m having cataract surgery next week I’m looking forward to ditching the glasses altogether. i think this cost all of $0.80 cents US.

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