You have just picked up your new pair of eyeglasses, only to find that they sit too tight, loose, or just plain uncomfortable on your face. Fear not, for this blog post will guide you through the steps to tweak and adjust your specs until they fit like a dream. 

Step 1: Identify the Issue 

Before you can solve the problem, you must identify the specific fit issue you are facing. Some common complaints include the following:

  1. Temples (arms) digging into the sides of your head. 
  2. Glasses are sliding down your nose. 
  3. Uneven fit, causing glasses to tilt or sit crooked on your face. 
  4. Nose pads causing discomfort or red marks. 
  5. Frame front pinching or applying pressure to your temples

Once you have pinpointed the issue, you can move on to finding the right solution.

Step 2: Choose Your Adjustment Method

Depending on your fit issue, there are several methods you can employ to achieve optimal comfort. Let us explore some of them:

  1. Adjusting the Temples: If the temples of your eyeglasses are digging into the sides of your head, you may need to loosen them to relieve pressure. Hold them with both hands and gently bend the temples outward to do this. Make minor adjustments and test the fit after each tweak until you reach a comfortable level. 
  2. Fixing Slippage: If your glasses keep sliding down your nose, try tightening the temples by gently bending them inward. Alternatively, you can adjust the nose pads (if your frame has them) using needle-nose pliers to pinch them closer together gently. Doing this will create more grip on the bridge of your nose and prevent slippage. 
  3. Balancing Out the Fit: The key is to adjust the temples or nose pads for uneven glasses. If one temple feels tighter than the other, bend the tighter one outward and the looser one inward to create a more even fit. If the issue stems from the nose pads, use needle-nose pliers to make minor adjustments to their position until the glasses sit level on your face. 
  4. Adjusting Nose Pads: If the nose pads are causing discomfort, you can adjust their position or replace them with a different material. To adjust the position, use needle-nose pliers to gently move the nose pads further apart or closer together for a more comfortable fit. If you prefer to change the material, consider purchasing silicone nose pads, which are typically softer than their plastic counterparts. 
  5. Relieving Frame Front Pressure: If the front is pinching your temples, gently bend it outward to create more space between the frame and your head. Be cautious not to apply too much force, which could damage the frame.

Step 3: Seek Professional Help If Necessary

While many minor adjustments can be made at home, it is necessary to recognize when to consult a professional. If you struggle to achieve a comfortable fit or are concerned about damaging your eyeglasses, do not hesitate to visit your local optician for assistance. In many cases, they will be happy to help free of charge or for a nominal fee.


Ill-fitting eyeglasses can be a source of daily discomfort, but with patience and know-how, you can adjust your eyewear to achieve the perfect fit. Remember that everyone’s face shape and comfort level differs, so feel free to experiment with various adjustments until you find what works best for you. And remember, consult a professional to ensure your glasses remain in tip-top shape when in doubt.

If, after some minor tinkering, you still find it uncomfortable to wear your eyeglasses, you should take them to Optiko. We will take the necessary steps to ensure your glasses are comfortable and updated. Schedule a consultation now!