6 Signs Your Glasses Don’t Fit Properly

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You’ve finally invested in a new pair of glasses after months of struggling with less-than-ideal vision. You’re looking forward to being able to see clearly again. But something isn’t quite right. The glasses aren’t giving you that sense of relief you were expecting and something feels off. Perhaps the prescription isn’t right? Or maybe it’s simply that your glasses don’t fit correctly.

Glasses that don’t fit right can cause more problems than you might expect. It’s a common problem when buying new glasses, no matter where you buy them. It’s important to be aware of the signs of poorly fitting glasses so you can promptly get them fixe. Here are 6 signs your glasses don’t fit right:

They slide down your nose

Are you constantly having to push your glasses back up your nose? Do they feel like they’re going to fall off your face every time you look down? This could be an indication that your glasses don’t fit correctly, especially around your nose bridge. While factors like sweat or gravity may occasionally cause your glasses to slip, they should generally remain firmly in place. 

If your glasses are sliding down your nose, take them to your opticians so that they can adjust the nose pads. They should sit snugly but comfortably on your nose. If you have a low nose bridge, keep your bridge width in mind and look for glasses that are best suited for lower nose bridges like rectangular or horn-rimmed ones.  

They move when you turn your head 

Do you find yourself having to hold your glasses in place when you turn your head to stop them from falling off? It could be because your glasses don’t fit behind your ears. This is because the temples are not curved enough behind the ears and need bending. It could also be because the frames may be too wide for your face. If this is a problem for you, the best thing to do is visit your opticians so that they can determine exactly what the problem is with your frames and readjust them accordingly. 

They leave marks on your skin

Do your glasses leave marks on your cheeks or behind your ears? This could mean that your glasses are too tight either at the temples or around the ears and need loosening. Correctly fitted glasses should only apply a slight pressure behind your ear to keep the weight of the frames from bearing dow. Take your glasses to your local opticians and get them adjusted. If you still feel discomfort, consider investing in larger frames. 

They pinch your nose

Do you feel like someone is pinching your nose every time you put your glasses on? Nose pinching happens for a couple of reasons. It could be that your frames are too heavy, and more lightweight frames would be the solution. But it could also be that your glasses don’t fit your nose because the nose pads are set incorrectly and aren’t evenly distributing the weight. This can cause uncomfortable or painful pinching and leave marks on your nose. Your optician can adjust the nose pads, bridge width, or even recommend a different material for your nose pads such as silicone or nylon. 

They give you headaches

If you’re wearing new glasses or you have changed your prescription, it will take some time for your eyes to adjust. While they’re adjusting, you may experience some headaches. However, if these headaches persist, it could be a sign that something isn’t right with your glasses. There could be a problem with the placement of your lenses which is causing your eyes to strain or it could be that your glasses are too tight, causing tension headaches. Be sure to see your optician so they can identify the problem with your glasses and fix it for you. 

Vision problems

Are you finding that your vision hasn’t improved like you expected, or even that it’s worse? This could be a sign that something isn’t right with your glasses. 

Perhaps the lenses aren’t positioned correctly, meaning your focal point is directed either too low, too high, or too far to one side rather than looking straight through the middle of the lens. It’s important to have this rectified as soon as possible. 

Also, some glasses are designed for specific vision problems and if you’re wearing the wrong design, you could be doing more harm than good. If you continue to wear glasses that don’t provide clear vision, this will cause more problems for you and you may experience more of the following symptoms: 

  • Peripheral vision problems 
  • Dizziness 
  • Squinting
  • Eye strain 

How should glasses fit your face?

There are many features of your face you must consider when getting glasses, like high cheekbones or the length of your forehead. Correctly fitting glasses should rest in the middle of your face, no higher than your eyebrows. The width of your frames should be the same width of your face and the temples should leave just enough room to avoid digging in. 

Aspects of the glasses themselves to consider are:

  • Frame width
  • Lens width
  • Bridge width
  • Temple length
  • Pupillary distance
  • Nose pads

If you’re experiencing any of these problems outlined, come and see us at your local independent opticians, and we can adjust your glasses for you. When we fit a pair of glasses, we take precise measurements of your face like the width, the length from ear to ear, the size of your eye, and the bridge width. By taking these steps, we can be sure that your glasses are right for you

Here at Optical Revolution, we help you to take the guesswork out of enhancing your vision – book an appointment in Haywards Heath, Colchester, or Catford, or arrange an appointment at Wheeler & Kirk in Southfields, or book at Bott’s in Eastbourne.

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