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What are Eyeglass Nose Pads?

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Eyeglass nose pads are eyeglass accessories that separate the wearers nose from the rim of their frames. The small piece, hidden between the frame and the face, is designed for comfort and looks. The nose pad is often a small plastic piece, usually no thicker than the lens of the glasses themselves. Its main purpose is to protect the nose from unwanted pressure from the tight frames of the glasses.

Most eyeglass nose pads are made from silicone or other cheaper plastics. The usual pad is a tiny oval, no longer than the tip of your little finger. Some varieties have simple or elaborate designs on their small faces, depending on the quality and personality of the glasses. The pads are held on the bridge of the nose, just below the eyebrows. They are usually the only part of the glasses to touch the face.

The pads are slanted from the inside of the head downwards toward the outside on a small angle. They often trace the angle of the inside of the frames, to be hid behind the glasses. Usually running parallel with the inner frames, the eyeglass nose pads are attached through an extension of the frame towards the nose. The pads are held in place with a tiny screw in most cases, which can be loosened and tightened.

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The pads on eyeglasses may sometimes turn a dirty brown or green. This is due to the excessive face sweat that may accumulate on a nose or on the pad. This dirtying of the nose pads results from the mixing of the sweat with the inexpensive metals, often nickel, that make up many glasses frames. Another downfall of the eyeglass nose pad is the pad imprints left on the nose. Sometimes when glasses are worn too long or too tightly the pads may leave a small, pad shaped imprint in their place on the nose. These are just an impression on the skin and often do not last long.

Eyeglass nose pads have existed on glasses almost as long as glasses have been popular. As a fashion and comfort improvement in the development of glasses, it is difficult to tell when primitive pads were first used. They have, though, been welcomed as a minor but helpful addition to the world of eye care since.

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marysimmons
Post 4

I wanted to replace the nose pads on my eyeglasses and sunglasses but didn't want to just walk into an eyewear store and spend a lot of money, so I first got a great free education on how to buy nosepads online

This site is great and unbiased as they don't sell nosepads or glasses! After learning about the nose pad shapes, materials, sizes, and how to mount each nose pad, I was able to find the best and cheapest nose pads stores on the net.

Incidentally, I learned that comfortable silicone nose pads are available which are a lot more comfortable than the hard acetate nose pads that I had always worn.

galen84basc
Post 3

I love collecting vintage eyeglasses, but the one thing that drives me crazy about them is how stained the nose pads usually are!

Is there any way to clean them, or should I just try to replace them? I hate to remove anything from the original frame, but some of them are just too dirty. What should I do?

Charlie89
Post 2

How difficult is it to put replacement eyeglass nose pads on a pair of eye glasses? I have a pair of plastic eyeglass frames with nose pads that have fallen off, and I want to replace them myself so I don't have to wait until I go to renew my eyeglasses prescription.

Can I find replacement nose pads for eyeglasses online, and if so, how easy is it to replace the nose pads on eyeglasses with a plastic frame?

Planch
Post 1

I hate getting the nose pad impression, so I always go with eyeglasses frame styles without nose pads. I like these better because they don't leave the marks, they don't get sweaty and turn weird colors, and they don't get caught in my hair when I put the glasses on top of my head.

I think that this is a good choice for kids eyeglasses too, since you don't have to worry about the little pads snapping off under rough usage.

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