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How do I know if my glasses are too big?

Glasses are incredibly helpful tools, especially if you need them to help correct your vision. However, there’s nothing more frustrating than wearing glasses that don’t fit correctly. This is especially true if they’re too big because try as you might every time you push your frames back up the bridge of your nose, your glasses simply keep slipping down. 

Luckily, we’re here to show you all the tell-tale signs of oversized glasses. Depending on your answer to the following questions, you’ll quickly discover if your glasses are too big for you and or not. 

Are your glasses loose on the sides of your head? 

The arms of your glasses extend from the hinges, past your temples and over the back of your ears. This part of your eyewear is typically called the temples. 

Now some glasses have straight-back temples, which means that the temples don’t curve over the top of the ears. However, other frames do have this curve, hugging the ear and keeping your glasses firmly in place. These are called skull temples, and for these frames, the position of the curve in relation to your ear is very important. The curve should ideally begin just past the top of your ear. 

If your glasses are too big for you, the curve will not sit snuggly over the ear, keeping the glasses secure. This may be one of the reasons why your glasses keep sliding down the bridge of your nose. 

How do I know if my glasses are too big?

Are the nose pads positioned correctly?

When it comes to the glasses, their position on the bridge of your nose is important. If you have wire-framed glasses, they’ll likely have nose pads attached which sit on the bridge of the nose, keeping your frames in place. 

If your glasses are too big, it may be because the nose pads are too far apart, which will cause your glasses to slide down your nose. In this case, you can try to gently push the pads a little closer together. 

Are your frames too big for your face?

When it comes to choosing eyewear, you don’t want to get frames that are too wide for your face. If the frames are too narrow, they will simply keep sliding down your nose. 

Generally, you should go for frames that are as wide as the widest part of your face, and they should sit straight across your face. 

What should you do if your glasses are too big?

Having ill-fitting glasses is incredibly frustrating. If you find that your glasses are too big, there are some things you can do to try to fix them. 

If you have plastic frames and the temples feel too loose, you can try running the frames under warm water for 30 to 60 seconds. Then you’ll want to apply a slight inward pressure to try to tighten the fit of the temples. 

If you have wire-frames with nose pads, and your glasses keep sliding down the bridge of your nose, then consider gently trying to push the nose pads closer together. 

While these tips may help you to create a better fit, it’s probably best to visit your optometrist and have them adjust the frames for you. Alternatively, you may find that you need to get new glasses too. 

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