How Should Glasses Sit On Your Nose?

What would make your glasses comfortably sit on your nose without the discomfort and the need to readjust frequently? Well, if it sits, then that’s a perfect fit. But if it doesn’t, then it means you may have picked a frame randomly without considering some important factors.

Ideally, your right pair of glasses should fit comfortably on the bridge of your nose and not grind against your brow or cheeks. To improve your vision, it need not be at the cost of irritating other parts of your face. The more it bothers your nose, ears, and cheeks, the more trouble you will have focusing.

So, a perfect pair of glasses is one that adequately serves your vision needs and gives an elegant appearance, causing no discomfort. We have guided several of our customers on how to select the right glasses. This article shares those vital elements to help you pick the best one and see the beautiful world effortlessly.

Why Do Glasses Need To Fit Correctly?

The human eye is a very sensitive organ. We must take care of our eyesight and wear glasses that fit correctly. One of the biggest mistakes people make is wearing glasses that don't fit their facial shape. The first important step is to understand your face type even before selecting your frame design.

Another mistake people make is placing their glasses either too high or too low on the bridge of their noses. As a result, they are not effectively shielding their eyes from glare and harmful radiation, which can cause headaches and eyestrain.

Even the most expensive or popular brand of glasses would practically be of no use if it doesn’t fit correctly. You are kind of forced to wear it simply because you need it and have spent a significant amount. However, you will keep fidgeting with it to keep it remain at the desired position.

While you may continue to just wear your glasses even though they may not be a good fit and keep adjusting them, understanding how glasses should fit correctly on your nose would make your life more comfortable.

How to Wear Glasses to Fit Correctly?

Spectacles wearers position them on various spots of their noses. Depending on the use of the glasses, some people prefer to wear them closer to the eyes, while others prefer to wear them on the nose, where they are further away from the eyes.

Reading glasses are typically worn closer to the tip of the nose, unlike single-vision lenses for distance vision. The reason is to allow the wearer to see over the glasses. This enables the wearer of the glasses to swap focus on things that are further away while still providing reading support through the lenses.


Progressive glasses, on the other hand, should be worn on your nose so that the space between your eyes is as little as appropriate. This way, progressive glass wearers will have the widest fields of view in terms of the reading area.

Finding the right fit requires just the correct measurements, not rocket science. The nose fit defines the distance your glasses should be from your face. A correct fit should leave the lenses to be 14 to 24 millimeters away from your eyes.

Once you've found a pair of glasses that fit correctly on your face, it more or less remains the same always. You can purchase future frames with the same dimensions and have a consistent fit.

Where to Start From?

You must obtain the right measurement to find glasses that fit correctly without any discomfort. If you are wearing glasses, take a look at the arms of the frame, which have some numbers printed on them. This is where you start your search. These numbers indicate the size measurements of the lens, bridge, and temple.

What are these Measurements?

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Eye size is the width of a lens, which typically ranges from 40 to 62 millimeters. You should position your eyes at the center of the lens.

We refer the space between the lenses across your nose to as the Bridge size. Your nose bridge should align with the bridge of your spectacles. This measurement usually ranges between 14 and 24 millimeters.

The distance between the lens and the portion of the arm that wraps around the ear is known as the Temple size. So, when you wear the spectacles, your ear and temple should be hugged and placed horizontally. The generally available range for this measurement is 120 to 150 millimeters.

You may see a set of three numbers (for ex. 55-18-145) on the arms of the frame. The first number indicates your lens width. The second number is the width of your nose bridge. And the third one is the temple width. You should also understand the frame width and the lens height.

The Lens height, sometimes known as the B size, indicates whether the frames are progressive-friendly. It may mount progressive or bifocal lenses in any B measurement of 25 millimeters or greater.

Frame width, also known as total width, is the width of the frames as measured from hinge to hinge. The measurement includes the bridge and lens sizes. The frame should be slightly bigger than your face. However, the distance between the temple and your face shouldn't be any greater than a finger's width.

How to Align Your Glasses with Your Face and Nose?

A perfect fit will distribute the weight of the glasses more uniformly, with a larger area touching your nose. Even though the glasses weigh little, a sensitive nose might make them feel heavy.

A plastic frame usually has a larger surface that comes into contact with your nose. This allows the weight of the spectacles to rest on top of your nose rather than on the sides. If you have a thinner nose, we recommend it to use plastic frames that put lesser weight on the sides.

The thinner the nose, the more the nose pads will be parallel. So, the pressure will be greatly enhanced compared to a much wider nose where the nose pads lay at a 45° angle on the nose.


If you have clarity in these factors - the weight of the glasses; sensitivity of several nose-area points; whether your nose is larger or thinner; whether you have a low bridge; or an aversion to wearing a certain style of glasses; then your optician will have a better idea of your choice and easily pick the right pair of glasses.