How to Adjust Sunglass Frames

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How to Adjust Sunglass Frames
Sunglass frames can be adjusted for a better fit. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A fashion necessity in bright and sunny weather, sunglasses are also seen to be the epitome of cool. However, no matter how fashionable or practical sunglasses may be, they will be of little use to you if they do not stay on your face. Loose or poorly fitting sunglass frames are a nuisance that will be left in their case, rather than worn. Fortunately, sunglass frames can be adjusted easily for a perfect fit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Needle nose pliers

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    Plastic Sunglass Frames

  1. 1

    Hold the part of the plastic frame you would like to adjust under hot running water. After two minutes under hot water, the plastic should be softer and more pliable

  2. 2

    Gently bend the plastic to make the adjustment so your sunglasses fit better. Hold the plastic in that position for five minutes. You can bend the ear pieces, the nose piece or the arms in this way. Bend the nose piece so that it fits comfortably on your nose and does not pinch. Bend the arm pieces and ear pieces so they grip the sides of your head and around your ears comfortably and keep your glasses from sliding off your face. As the plastic cools, it will maintain the shape you have bent it into.

  3. 3

    Bend the metal hinges between the front of the frames and the arms using needle nose pliers. This adjustment can be used to tilt one arm of the frame up or down to adjust the balance of the front of the glasses. Bend the hinge gently by grasping the arm near the hinge and slowly bending it up or down.

    Wire Sunglass Frames

  1. 1

    Adjust wire-framed sunglasses with a pair of needle nose pliers. Gently grasp the arm or nose piece you would like to adjust with the pliers. The nose piece can be bent closer together if it is loose or further apart if it is pinching your nose. The arm pieces can be bent away from your head to allow more room or further inward for a tighter fit.

  2. 2

    Slowly bend the metal with the pliers. Stop if you feel that the metal may be weakening or might break.

  3. 3

    Put the glasses on your face. Check the fit of the sunglass frames to make sure the arms hold the glasses on your face and the frames sit comfortably. Make any further adjustments using the pliers gently and slowly.

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