If your glasses constantly slip down the bridge of your nose, it's time to look into low-bridge sunglasses. These frames have elongated nose pads that provide more surface grip to prevent your glasses from sliding down, saving you from the frustration of constant readjustment and frequent visits to the optician.
We spend much time deciding on our frames' color, shape, and material. We don't always think about the type of nose pads they have, though.
Licensed opticians know that nose pads can make or break glasses fit. Glasses with nose pads concentrate the frame's weight on a smaller area, reducing slippage on the nose's bridge. Glasses without nose pads distribute the weight more evenly across the entire bridge of the nose, which can result in dents and red marks on the skin.
There are several types of nose pads for glasses, including push-in, slide-in, clip-on, and earmuffs. Opticians recommend slightly bending the pad upward and downward for push-in nose pads to tighten the frame around your nose. If you're in a hurry, try warming up one temple with gentle heat and maneuvering the nose pads into place. This trick will work for plastic and metal frames.
Many frames slip because the temples don't grip firmly enough or slide down when you move your head. Tightening the temple arms often works, but this is inconvenient and only provides short-term relief, requiring frequent visits to the optician for adjustment.
Low bridge sunglasses have wider temples, allowing for a looser fit that minimizes pinching while providing stability and support. This design also helps prevent the bottom of the frame from rubbing against the cheekbones and leaving red marks.
We also use larger nose pads to ensure the frames rest on the sides of the nose rather than directly on the slope in the middle of the eyes. This is particularly important for people with broader faces and higher cheekbones, as standard frames tend to be too narrow and uncomfortable for this face shape.
A pair of glasses ear hooks, or temple arms, should rest securely behind your ears without slipping down your back or pinching your earlobes. The ear hooks on our low bridge glasses are slightly longer than standard frames for a comfortable fit without feeling tight or pinching your earlobes.
For a good fit, the nose pads on low bridge glasses are positioned higher up on the sides of your nose rather than sitting directly on the slope of the nose in between your eyes. This design helps to reduce the discomfort of poor-fitting frames that often rest on your cheeks, leaving red marks behind when you smile or move.
This frame style is also known as Asian Fit and is a great option for people with wider faces who have lower nose bridges. Unlike traditional frames, they won't slip down the nose or touch your cheeks, making them more comfortable and stylish.
As any glasses wearer will know, getting your frames to stay in place is a struggle that can't be easily solved. This issue is even more important for people with low-nose bridges, as the last thing you want is your specs sliding down your face.
One way that this problem can occur is due to loose screws. Often, as you put on and remove your glasses multiple times daily, the hinge screws that hold the temple arms in place can become loose. This can cause the frame's overall fit to loosen, leading to your lenses slipping downward.
If your frames have adjustable temple arm hinges, apply heat to tighten the adjustment by aiming a blow dryer at the curved part of the temple arm around your ears. The heat will soften the plastic, allowing you to bend it slightly inward and downward to hook the frame more tightly behind your ears.