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How to Keep Eyeglasses From Slipping Down Your Nose

by Kimberly Johnson, studioD

Eyeglass wearers battle an array of issues, from fogged up lenses to mystery smudges that never seem to go away. Another issue that may drive even the sanest people batty is glasses that slip and slide down your nose. If your glasses end up in your lap more than they stay on your face, it’s time to whip those spectacles into shape. With a little gentle manipulation, you can face the world straight on with your glasses firmly in place.

Managing Metal Frames

Look at the back of the glasses to determine whether it has nose pads under the bridge. If so, grasp the metal base of one pad and slightly bend it to narrow the gap between it and the other pad. Bend the other pad toward the first pad the same distance.

Lay the glasses upside down on a table. Look at the arms to determine whether they both lay flat or if one is raised up off of the table.

Pick up the glasses and grasp the frame over the arm hinge using needle-nose pliers. Bend the hinge very gently in the direction that the arm needs to move to equal the other one.

Place the glasses back on the table to ensure that both arms are equal.

Making Plastic Pliable

Set a hair dryer to high heat and turn it on. Hold the glasses in one hand and position the part of the frame that sits on your nose 1 to 2 inches in front of the hair dryer. Use caution not to burn your skin.

Hold the glasses in the heat for 20 seconds, then feel the frame to see whether it feels very warm. If the frame is still cold, hold it back in the flow of heat for another 10 to 15 seconds. Turn off the hair dryer and set it aside.

Hold the glasses in front of you with the arms facing away from you. Grasp the top and the bottom of the frames with your hands, so that your palms cover the lenses.

Bend the frames downward using slow, gentle pressure. Stop as soon as you feel the frames bend, as it takes very little bending to get frames to stay on.

Let the glasses cool for one to two minutes. Put the eyeglasses on and move your head around to see gauge the fit on your nose. If they need further adjusting, take them off and repeat the process.

Turn the hair dryer back on and heat up one of the arms for 20 to 30 seconds. Turn the dryer off and set it aside.

Grasp the curved piece of the arm that sits behind your ear and bend it gently to create a more pronounced curve. This allows it to grasp your ear better and prevent sliding. Heat up the other arm using the hair dryer, then bend it the same amount to deepen the curve.

Let the glasses cool, then try them on for fit.

Items you will need
  •  Needle-nose pliers
  •  Hair dryer


  • If the glasses still slide down your nose, take them to an eyeglass professional to have them adjusted.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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