How to Adjust the Frames for Glasses

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The process of adjusting your glasses frames depends on their material. Care for your glasses properly with the help of a board-certified optometrist in this free video.

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Troy Kish here at Cool Springs Eyecare in Franklin, Tennessee. Here, right now, we're going to discuss how to adjust eyeglasses. Now, depending on the type of frame we have, if we're using a metal frame, there's a couple areas on the frame that we could use to adjust it. One, being the temples in the back, we can bend those. What we use here is we use a hot air blower or at home, you can use a hair dryer. And what we do is we gently heat the temple until it feels moist and then we bend it and right now, this one is a little warm, so I'm going to go ahead and bend it and we pretty much change the curve, just by that. So, that's one way to make an eyeglass adjustment. This pretty much is going to tighten them behind the ears a little more, but sometimes the adjustment we need is maybe to lift the frame a little bit, and in order to lift the frame, we're going to want to adjust these nose pads in here, and of course, we have a professional nose pad plier that we use. But, if you don't have it, a needle-nose will work just fine. To make the frame go up higher, we want to bring the pads in and so we're going to grab the, grab the temple arm, the metal part, not the padded part, and we're going to bend it in, like that. And we're do the other side the same and of course, we're going to try to match 'em up, make sure they look even, and they do. We've effectively brought the nose pads closer together and the closer these pads are together, the higher it will sit. The next adjustment might be because the glasses are crooked like this. Well, we always take the frame that we're working on and we put it on a table to line it up and we call this a bench alignment, and we basically look for, see if the temples are touching the table, and basically bend the temple, the one that's not touching, we bend it up with your hand. We have a needle nose plier that we could grab and bend it with. But keep in mind, if you use the needle nose plier, make sure to use a cloth or something to hold, to wrap the frame in so that you can bend it without scarring the frame. The other adjustment that we might need on glasses might be involved with a plastic frame and once again, to bend the temples, we used a hot air blower, or a hair dryer, so that we can bend it down, but we can also use the hot air on the corner or the front of the frame in order to bring the temples in, like this. Usually, a plastic frame because the hot, the heat in wearing them, they slowly stretch out as you wear 'em so after a couple of months or so, they'll look like this and so what we're going to do is we're going to heat just the corner and bend it in. And once we've heated it and formed it the way we like, we rinse it off with cold water and it should come out just right. And that's how you adjust frames.

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