How Can I Keep My Glasses from Sliding Down My Nose?

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Regardless of your age, having a pair of glasses that rests comfortably on the bridge of your nose and doesn’t slide when you look down, or perspire to the slightest degree, can improve your quality of life tremendously.

There are many reasons that glasses can slip down the bridge of your nose. Perhaps the frames are too wide or you have oily skin. If you have a set of eyeglass tools, you may be inclined to tighten frame screws or adjust nose pads. Although such actions can be helpful, they may not be a permanent solution.

To make sure your glasses fit perfectly, they should:

  • Fit snugly above the midway point above your ears, feeling tight but not painful while you’re wearing them and leaving no pain when you take them off
  • Rest slightly against that side of your head or your temples and not leave a mark when you remove them
  • Sit comfortably on both sides of your nose and not slip when you nod your head, and not leave a mark when you take them off
  • Not touch the “apples” of your cheeks when you smile, instead resting above them
  • Be level on your face and “straight across” your eyes horizontally, tilting slightly forward so the bottom of your frame is slightly closer to your face than the top of the frame

At nanoGriptech, we’ve put a lot of effort into solving this practical problem because for the past 10 years we’ve been manufacturing gripping materials, adhesives and fasteners for use in a wide range of applications, so we know something about materials sticking to skin without causing irritation.  

After years of research & development, including rigorous testing, we’ve created anti-slip eyeglass nose pads that make wearing glasses more comfortable at work and play.

You’ll find our patented high friction microfiber surface, inspired by the microscopic hairs, or setae, of a gecko’s foot pleasant to the touch and sweat resistant enough to grip the bridge of your nose securely without feeling too sticky or tacky.

Directions for applying Anti-Slip Microstructured Nose Pads for Eyewear are:

  • With clean hands, cleanse your glasses’ bridge support or nose pads with an alcohol swab or wipe
  • Remove pad from backing and avoid touching the adhesive backing as oils from your fingers could weaken the backing’s adhesive properties
  • Place the newly exposed adhesive backing on your glasses’ bridge support or nose pad

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Comparisons to Other Products

To give you an idea of how effective our adhesive nose pads are, it’s useful to compare it to other products designed to do the same thing:

nanoGriptech_Blog Graphics_5Nerdwax is like lip balm for glasses. The problem is, you have to carry a tube of this beeswax based product with you and remember to apply the product to your glasses when they start to slip. In contrast, you only need to apply our non-slip eyeglass nose pads once – set it and forget it – which is much more convenient, as well as a more secure way to help you maximize the comfort of wearing glasses.

Advantages of Nerdwax include:

  • Natural cosmetic grade ingredients
  • Can be used on any style frame
  • Lasts 6-8 months with daily use
  • Easy to clean off lenses and frames

Drawbacks are:

  • May irritate sensitive skin
  • May need to be reapplied throughout the day if you have exceptionally oily skin

nanoGriptech_Blog Graphics_2Slip Grip Ear Adjusters fit on the end of long stems of the frames (temples) that connect your glasses to the back of your head to help your eyewear remain in place. Although the solution may work well for some people, the adjuster rings can slip, causing your glasses to move.

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In contrast, adhesive nose pads stay in place regardless of your movement.

Silicone Eyeglass Pads have a sticky backing similar to our self-adhesive thin nose pads. The rubber surface, however, can become slippery when you perspire and irritate your skin.

nanoGriptech_Blog Graphics_3Silicone Anti-Slip Stick On Nose Pads come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any frame. Although some people like them, they can compromise the appearance of your glasses without offering enough comfort.

Advantages of silicone-based products include:

  • Excellent for anyone with sensitive skin
  • Easy to apply & remove
  • Waterproof
  • Durable, flexible, lightweight & comfortable
  • Can last for months or years with proper care, such as applying mild soap periodically to remove from the surface oil produced by your body
  • Fits most frames

The key disadvantage to using silicone-based products is that exposure to hot weather can decrease product lifespan.

nanoGriptech_Blog Graphics_1Templesox come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit any frame. Although some people like them, they can compromise the appearance of your glasses without offering the comfort you expect. Templesox are made of stretch Spandex that fits over the temples of your glasses – the long stems of the frames that rest above your ears. Although Templesox may offer comfort, as well as style by being available in a variety of colors and patterns, using them requires a lot more maintenance than self-adhesive thin nose pads.

nanoGriptech_Blog Graphics_7Eyeglass Retainers are another alternative to soft foam nose pads. Made of silicone, they’re durable, soft, flexible and lightweight, and rest on the end of the temple.



nanoGriptech_Blog Graphics_6Adjustable Straps fasten to the ends of the temples and are modifiable to a person’s head size.

Regardless of how you prefer to keep your glasses from slipping, it’s nice to know that there are so many choices.

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