How To Replace Nose Pads on Glasses

Posted at 5:30 pm • 04 August 2020 • Chelsea from Kraywoods


If you're a regular glasses wearer, then you must have already experienced some struggles with your nose pads at least once. With daily and long time wear, nose pads on glasses tend to become looser, uncomfortable, change colour, and wear off. If you've already experienced it, then you know how uncomfortable your glasses can be when this happens. The good news is, you don't have to go out and buy a whole new pair of glasses to fix the issue. With just a simple nose pad replacement, you can have your glasses feeling like brand new all over again! Let's see together how to replace nose pads on glasses!

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The Invention of Nose Pads

Did you ever wonder how eyeglasses were first designed? Apart from the corrective lens for the eyes, which other parts took much consideration? If you're thinking the ears, think again. Apart from the eyes, the nose took a lot of attention while making the final product. Research says that since the bridge (nose) separates the eyes, it is why the glasses lenses have to be joined together. When eyeglasses were first created, they were referred to as rivet spectacles. The first pair of glasses was said to have been invented by Salvino D'Armati in Italy sometime around 1285 to 1289. Back then, glasses were only used by scholars and monks.

The first vision aid was a sort of magnifying glass that was placed on top of the reading material to magnify the letters and make it easier to read. Later wearable eyeglasses were invented. During the 17th century, glasses started to evolve. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin first invented the side or temple pieces that rest on the ear and bifocals on the glass. By the 1800s, eyewear manufacturing started on a larger scale with a few styles. Different designs of glasses began to be created, considering factors like comfort, practicality and the hold of glass on the nose bridge and much more. This was where nose pads became part of the standard design of eyeglasses.

Nose pads are essential for a comfortable and optimal fit while wearing eyeglasses. They allow for your glasses to have support and stay in the right place, all while reducing the pressure of the frame on the nose for a more comfortable fit. Without nose pads on your glasses, the metal frames can scratch your skin, and your glasses wouldn't be able to stay in place in front of your eyes, which is why they are a crucial part of your glasses and maintaining them is essential!

The invention of nose pads on glasses - old reading glasses from the 18th century

When To Replace Your Nose Pads

Just like how you maintain your glasses over time by cleaning them regularly (Read our blog to find out the best ways to clean glasses) and adjusting them, your nose pads need to be replaced after a certain time. If you start to notice that the nose pads on your glasses have started to accumulate some grime and dirt, become yellowish or too loose, then it's time to replace them!

Sometimes just a small repair on the nose pads would give your favourite glasses a longer lifespan. Nose pads are very simple and easy to replace, and the good news is they won't cost you anything close to a new pair of glasses! They are available at a very reasonable price in local optical shops and even online. Let's see the different types of nose pads available on the market and how to replace them on your glasses!

replacing old pair of nose pads on glasses

Choosing The Right Nose Pads

Before going into the steps to replace the nose pads on your glasses, let's go over some essential factors that you need to keep in mind. There are four essential things you need to keep in mind when you're looking to replace your nose pads. You need to choose the right type, shape, size and material of the nose pad for your glasses. Depending on the nose pads you have, the replacement method can vary slightly.

Type: There are three main types of nose pads to choose from:
- Screw-in
- Push-in
- Adhesive

Shape: ​There are several shapes of nose pads like D-shaped, oval, button, teardrop, etc. You need to know which shape of the nose pad is most suitable for your frame. The easy way to not go wrong is to find a nose pad that is the same shape as what you already have installed on your glasses.

Size: ​Usually, nose pads are sized in millimetres. This measurement of the is taken from top to bottom, so you can measure the nose pads you already have to know the appropriate size you need to get.

Material: ​Nose pads are available in different materials. They can be made from silicone, glass, rubber, ceramic, or other types of plastics. Generally, silicone nose pads are the most common as they offer great comfort, so we recommend going for those.

Once you've found out the type, shape, size and material of your desired nose pads, you're ready to purchase a new pair and replace them with your old ones. Let's see how to replace each type of nose pad.

15 styles and pairs of eyeglasses nosepads

How To Replace Screw-in Nose Pads?

Screw-in nose pads are the most common type, but their replacement can seem more complicated than others. Let's see make it easy for you with step by step instructions on how to replace your screw-in nose pads.

Here are the tools you will need:
- A nose pad
- A 1.0mm flathead screwdriver
- A magnet
- An extra screw (in case of an emergency, or if you have lost the one on your glasses)

You can also purchase a nose pad replacement kit, which already includes all the tools you'll need!

How to replace the nose-pads step by step:

  1. Wash your hands properly.
  2. Hold your eyeglasses gently and remove the screw from the padded arm.  
  3. After you remove the old nose pad, insert the new nose pad carefully into the mount on the frame. The nose pad should line up with the screw hole.  
  4. Gently while holding the nose pad in place, use the magnet to attract the screw head. Keep in mind that the screw needs to be vertical to the magnet so that the screw head gets stuck on it.  
  5. Bring the magnet to the screw hole carefully and place the screw to the hole.
  6. Horizontally move the magnet and remove it from the screw head carefully. Remember, you need to do these with steady hands; otherwise, the screw will come off.
  7. You have a loose screw head pointing upwards on your glasses. With the help of a screwdriver, tighten the screw gently. And your eyeglasses are finally ready to wear.  
step by step images about how to replace nose pads on eyeglasses

How To Replace Push-in Nose Pads?

Unlike screw-in nose pads, push-in or adhesive nose pads are easier to replace as they require no extra hardware.

For push-in nose pads, the process is straightforward. All you need is to push the old nose pad off your glasses with your finger and snap on the new nose pad, and your eyeglasses are ready!

push in nose pad for eyeglasses

How to replace adhesive nose pads?

You must be wondering what are adhesive nose pads, and what are they for? Adhesive nose pads are used for glasses that don't come with nose pads. They are generally used on acetate frames to provide additional comfort and to help keep the glasses from sliding down the nose.

To use them, you have to peel away the back paper of the pad to reveal the sticky side, just like how you peel off a band-aid! Then, stick the adhesive nose pad to the portion of the frame that rests on your nose, and you are done!

Here is a fantastic tip that would come handy for your nose pads to sit comfortably: if you have a skinny or narrow nose bridge, apply the adhesive pads closer to the top sides.

self adhesive nose pads for eyeglasses

Now that you know how to replace your nose pads, you can enjoy optimal comfort with glasses that feel like new for a long time! When replacing your nose pads, make sure to choose the right type, size, shape and material for your glasses. Otherwise, you may end up with a pair of misaligned frames and an uncomfortable fit. When it comes to glasses, the fit is essential on all levels, from finding a frame that fits your face to nose pads that fit well on your nose. To learn more on about adjusting eyeglasses, you can read our blog how to adjust your wooden sunglasses.