Nose Pad Buyers Tip #76:  Some glasses nose pads, particularly those made of flexible materials, are fabricated with a soft outer covering that is positioned over a firmer inner core.  This inner core provides added firmness to the nose pad and is also the point were the nosepad attaches to the nose pad arm mount.  If this inner core starts to separate from the outer covering, then the nose pad should be replaced.  A loose inner core attracts dirt and perspiration and is a sign that the nose pad is at the end of its life. Sorry!


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #189:
  Glasses nose pads that are composed of a solid flange covered by a softer shell overlay are common among flexible nosepads.  Materials often used in these supporting flanges are typically metal or polycarbonate. The polycarbonate structures, also referred to as poly or PC structures, are usually clear colored, while the metal flange material is typically of a gold or silver color. The nose pad wearer rarely will be able to feel the difference between a metal or polycarbonate insert, but some eye glass wearers may prefer one material over the other.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #119:
  A nose pad or nose piece for glasses is designed to have two major goals.  One is to provide comfort to the eyeglass wearer in the area where the nose pads make physical contact with the spectacle wearer.  The other is to enable a properly adjusted eyeglass frame to rest securely on the spectacle wearer's face.  When selecting eyeglasses or sunglasses, make sure that your choice meets these two goals.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #207:
Eyeglasses nose pieces and nose pads with small dimensions are typically employed on lightweight eye glasses frames.  Light weighing glass frames such as those made from titanium alloy, smaller dimension children's eyeglass frames, or adult small eye size rimless frames typically are light weight and require less weight distribution of the glasses frame over the nasal area.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #273:
  Some eyewear nose pad vendors advertise products such as nose pad covers and replacement nose pad boot covers for eyeglasses.  Sometimes these terms are refer to either a small adhesive pad that adheres on top of an existing nose pad, or a small nose pad boot or nose pad cover that slips over and on top of an existing nose pad.  Such products may add thickness to existing nose pads causing the nose pad to orient the eyewear in a different position (usually upwards) which may alter the intended optical effects of the eyeglass optical lenses. 


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #102:
  There is a common misconception regarding the comfort of nose pads for glasses.  Nose pad comfort is Not directly related to the materials that comprise the nose pad.  The primary component of nose pad comfort is the proper adjustment of each nose pad so that each nosepad rests flush against the underlying nasal area of the eyeglass or sunglasses wearer; regardless if a cheap eyeglass frame or an expensive designer eyeglass frame is worn.  This is evident if you consider that so-called hard nose pads such as those fabricated in polycarbonate or plastic polymers have been popular for decades.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #194:
  Strap nose pads, also known as bridge strap or strap bridge nose pads, generally are only found on certain eyeglasses frames that employ screw-in, snap-in, push-in, or clip-on nose pad mounts.  Not all frames that employ screw mounting, snap mounting, or clip mounting will accommodate strap bridge nose pads or glasses nose pieces.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #104:
  Nose pads fabricated in only soft silicone are generally regarded as one of the most flexible and pliable types of nose pads available today.  Silicone nose pads are sold more than any other type of nose pads or nose pieces in the vision market today.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #42:
  Although virtually all screw-in or screw-on style nose pads have a similar sized mounting hole located on the rear side of the nose pad, the mating portion of the respective nose pad mount requires a specific nose pad screw of particular physical characteristics.  Although there are common screws used in pad arm mounts of nose pads, care must be taken to use the proper screw.  Always retain and re-use existing screws whenever possible.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #182:
  Asymmetric glasses nose pads are nose pads that have a right nose pad front surface that is a mirror image of and thus physically different than the left nose pad front surface.  When installing replacement asymmetrical nose pads, it is a good idea to replace one nose pad at a time as compared to removing both old nose pads at the same time and then installing both new nose pads. By replacing one nose pad at a time, you can physically inspect an installed nose pad and compare it to its intended replacement to make sure that they have the same shape and are oriented properly.  This simple procedure eliminates the possibility of mixing up a right nose pad for the left, as well as installing a nose pad upside down!


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #132:
  Jewelers' screwdrivers, also known as optical repair screwdrivers, are thin narrow screwdrivers used for the installation and removal of eyeglass nose pad screws.  Some screwdrivers have a rotatable barrel that enables the rotation of the screwdriver head by means of simply rotating the barrel instead of the entire screwdriver.  While this type of screwdriver is preferred by optical dispensers and eyeglass repair technicians who spend many hours working with small screws; for the occasional nose pad replacement job, the less expensive barrel-less type of optical screwdriver works fine.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #91:
The largest variety of nose pad shapes, materials, and sizes is found in nose pads that use the push-on or screw-on type of nose pad arm mount


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #12:
  When removing or inserting nose pads from an eye glasses frame, always protect the eyewear lenses from accidental scratches or breakage caused by an optical screwdriver, nose pad popper tool, needle nose pliers, or other nose pad adjustment tools, or the nose pads themselves.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #94:
  Even though an eyeglass nose piece or nose pad is relatively small and lightweight, they still require proper handling as they are subject to damage such as scratching, tearing, and breakage.  Any impaired nose pad should be replaced immediately.  Nose pads for plastic frames as well as nose pads for metal frames should equally be handled with care to extend their lifetime.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #219:
  Standard nose pads are typically sold in pairs, and it is common practice to replace a complete pair of old nose pads with a pair of fresh ones.  This does not apply, of course, to single piece nose pads, one piece nose pads, unifit nose pads, bridge pads, strap bridges, and softwing nose pads.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #79: 
Since the contour of the right side of an eyeglass wearer's nasal area is often Not symmetrical to the left side, the use of eyeglass frames that use adjustable nose pads enables the proper fitting and adjustment on both sides of the nasal area.  Metal eyeglass frames and metal nose pad bridges that support adjustable nosepads are very common today.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #212:
  The term "adjustable nose pad" is really somewhat inaccurate as it implies that the nose pad itself is being adjusted.  In actuality, it is typically the nose pad mounting mechanism that is undergoing the adjustment.  Most nose pad adjustments involve the bending and twisting of the wire-like stem that connects from the eyewire of the glasses frame to the nose pad mating structure that attaches to the nose pad.  When this stem is repositioned, the attached nose pad moves along with it to its new position.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #13:
  Clear nose pads are a class of silicone adhesive nose pads.  These types of adhesive silicone nose pads are popular because they are color neutral or essentially near invisible to all frame colors.  Glasses nose pads for plastic frames that are clear are important since unlike metal frames, plastic eyeglass frames are available in thousands of color variations.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #41:
  People in the optical trade, such as optical dispensers, opticians, and eye doctors use the terms eyeglass "temple tip" and "temple end" to refer to the sheath of material that partially covers an eye glasses temple arm from its extended end to a point somewhat shorter than the entire length of the temple arm.  The terms "temple end" and "temple tip" are quite a misnomer since the temple tip usually covers a length longer than just the tip or end of an eye glasses temple arm.  An equally used term that conveys a more accurate description is "temple cover".  In the optical trade, all three terms are used interchangeably regardless of the length of the temple that is actually "covered"!


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