How to Adjust Nose Pads on Oakley Sunglasses

Updated April 17, 2017

Because sunglasses get a lot of wear, it is important to make sure the fit is proper and comfortable. If you are too busy or inconvenienced to take the glasses to a specialist, which sometimes requires a wait for repairs, you can adjust the nose pads on a pair of Oakley sunglasses at home. It is a simple, quick and cost-effective adjustment.

Lay the sunglasses on a flat surface, preferably one with some sort of padding or protective cushioning. The padding or cushioning will prevent the sunglasses from sliding around and also protect the surface from any scratching.

Latch the needle-nose pliers onto the nosepiece that needs adjusting. Be careful not to latch on too tightly. Latch only tight enough to grip the nose pad piece but not tight enough to snap through the metal.

Move the needle-nose pliers back or forward gently to adjust the nosepiece. Bend each pad incrementally; bending too much will weaken the nosepiece and may cause it to break.

Put on the sunglasses after adjusting to see how they fit. Repeat bending the nose pads until the fit is what you want.


If you are not able to achieve a proper fit with the pliers, try using a small eyewear screwdriver to adjust the nose pad screws.


Some sunglasses are under warranty, which might be voided if the sunglasses are broken while trying to adjust. Always take your Oakley sunglasses to a specialist for repairs if you feel uncomfortable doing them on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle-nose pliers
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