How to Stretch Tight Sunglasses

by Celeigh O'Neil ; Updated September 28, 2017

Sunglasses will shape to your head the more that they are worn.

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Once you've found a pair of sunglasses that suits your face shape, it's difficult to toss them aside -- even when they aren't the right fit. Many sunglasses -- particularly the more inexpensive models -- are one size fits all, but inexpensive sunglasses can be stretched at home using heat to help mold them to your head. Just be sure to have prescription models adjusted professionally by an optician to avoid damaging the lenses.

Items you will need

  • Bowl
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Towel
Step 1

Open the sunglasses and hold onto the ends of the arms. Gently extend and release them to gauge how far they can be bent without breaking.

Step 2

Fill a bowl large enough to fit the glasses with hot water. Pull on a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Step 3

Extend the arms of the sunglasses, and place them into the hot water so that they are completely submerged. Allow them to sit in the water for 10 seconds.

Step 4

Remove the sunglasses and place them on a clean towel. Pat them dry with the towel to remove excess moisture, but leave the legs warm from the water.

Step 5

Place the sunglasses on your head. Pull the legs away from your face and release them repeatedly to stretch them. Stop when they reach a comfortable size. Reheat the sunglasses if necessary for periods of 10 seconds.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.