How to Adjust Eye Glass Arms

Written by beth richards
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Eyeglasses are designed to sit comfortably on your face, resting on your nose and ears. The arm pieces, also called temples, should curve around the bend in your ear and keep your glasses from sliding down your nose. You need to adjust your temples from time to time, but be careful when adjusting your glasses.

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Things you need

  • Small needle nose pliers
  • Small screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Run your temple under very warm, but not hot, tap water for a few minutes to heat up the plastic piece on the end of the temple. As an alternative, you can soak your frame in a bowl of warm water.

  2. 2

    Bend the curve of the temple down to match the curve of your ear. If you are unsure about how much to bend, let the frame cool and put it on, measuring with your finger to approximate the bend. The curve should be gradual and sloping, not in an "L" shape.

  3. 3

    Bend the temples in if the plastic frame has spread out. Reheat the frame with warm water and gently press the edge of the end piece, the part of the front of the frame where the temple is connected by the hinge, back in.

  4. 4

    Bend the temples in on a metal frame with pliers. Carefully adjust the end piece that connects the frame to the temple by hooking the pliers onto the piece and slightly bending inward. To avoid marring or scratching the metal, cover the frame with a light towel first.

  5. 5

    Tighten the screws that attach the temple to the front of the frame. When these screws become loose, the arm pieces will not fit properly.

  6. 6

    Level the frames to match your ears. Temples are designed to fit on the ears, but ears are not always symmetrical. Raise your arm pieces up or down by very, very gently manoeuvring the temple at the hinge. Work in small, gradual movements, and check in between. You can break the hinge when doing this, so only use this adjustment when you are confident the hinge is solid and can withstand the pressure.

Tips and warnings

  • Frames become loose from everyday wear and from taking them on and off. To reduce how often you need to adjust your glasses, take them on and off with both hands and keep the glasses in a protective case when you are not wearing them.

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