How to adjust plastic sunglasses

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How to adjust plastic sunglasses
Most plastic sunglasses are easy to adjust with a small screwdriver found in a eyeglass repair kit. (sunglasses image by Bosko Martinovic from

While you usually can't adjust how plastic sunglasses will sit on the bridge of your nose, you can adjust how the arms will fit on the sides of your head and hook behind your ears. It is easy to adjust the width apart between the legs with a simple eyeglass repair kit that can be purchased at your local drugstore. By customising the way that the legs attach to the actual glasses, you'll be able to have custom fitting plastic sunglasses.

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Things you need

  • Eyeglass repair kit

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  1. 1

    Unscrew the arms from the glasses with the small screwdriver located in the eyeglass repair kit, but do not remove the screw. Each arm is attached to the lens section of the glasses by two small screws. You want to unscrew the screw to the point where the hinge is quite loose.

  2. 2

    Pull the arms out to make the sunglasses wider, or have the ends of the arms closer together to make the sunglasses fit tighter. The way that the ends, or parts that hook behind your ears, are placed is how the sunglasses will fit. The closer that the ends are to each other, the tighter that the fit will be. Do this step while the sunglasses are laying on the table with the top of the arms touching the table. This will make it easier to see if the arms are evenly in or out.

  3. 3

    Screw the arms back into the hinge tightly while making sure that they do not move from the position that you have chosen. Once you fasten the screw back into place, your sunglasses will now be adjusted.

  4. 4

    Try the sunglasses on to make sure that they fit the way that you would like them to. You can make any adjustments necessary by repeating the steps.

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