It doesn't matter how much you spent on them, at some point your glasses will probably get wobbly or loose. Most of us just live with it when this happens. It doesn't affect our lives that much, the lenses still work, why bother going to the trouble? Well, the fact is, loose glasses can be uncomfortable and cause unnecessary facial tension, even if you don't realize it. You see, if the glasses are loose, they won't fit quite right. As a result, you're more likely to scrunch your nose, tighten your ears, or push up your cheeks in an effort to keep them on your face. Spending a whole day, or days on end, doing this kind of facial contortion can cause headaches, almost like you aren't wearing glasses at all. So, follow the advice we offer today and learn how to tighten glasses at home.
It sounds silly, and you've probably thrown these things away before, but you will need an eyeglass repair kit. Now, you don't necessarily have to use the one with the miniaturized screwdriver, but you will need a screwdriver that fits the small screws on your glasses. You'll also probably want some new nose pads as well. With a typical glasses repair kit, it will include some replacement screws. You may need those, as well as the nose pads, for the sake of making the glasses comfortable and tight.
For the actual repair, make sure you have a comfortable, clean, and (preferably) grippy surface on which to repair your glasses. To make it more grippy, consider using an anti-slip placemat, with the rubberized side up. You want your glasses firmly in place, and on a surface that will not damage them. Refer to the diagram above for reference to the different parts of the glasses referred to below.
1. Check the Temples
If the temples are wobbly, the glasses will never fit right. Use the screwdriver to adjust the screw in the hinge, which attaches the temple to the frame. If it will not tighten, try replacing the screw. Be sure not to tighten too much. If the temple no longer moves smoothly, loosen enough that it moves freely, but does not wobble. Make sure the angle at which they are the tightest does not squeeze your head or remain too loose, but not wobbly. Trying on the glasses throughout the process is key.
2. Check the Nose Pads
If the pads are still intact, and clean, make sure they aren't wobbly. If they are, adjust using the screwdriver. In case of other problems, (like being bent, loss of padding, or otherwise damaged), replace them with the new nose pads you purchased in preparation for your repair. Also, check the angle of the nose pads. If they feel too tight it's possible that the place they screw to the frame has become bent or otherwise angled.
3. If All Else Fails
Say the glasses still don't fit quite right, repeat the above steps as necessary, to be sure everything was performed to complete satisfaction. If still unsatisfied, consider consulting with a glasses specialist. Your optometrist will generally reshape your glasses frame for you for free if you stop by and explain your predicament. Most of the time, that's not necessary, and the first two fixes will get the job done.
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