Nose Pad Buyers Tip #241:  Nose pad mounting mechanisms are permanently attached to the bridge area of an eyeglass frame.  This is why you always need to determine the type of nose pad mount that your eyeglass frame uses in order to properly order compatible replacement nose pads that have the proper mating end.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #72:
  When ordering unifit bridge strap or strap bridge style replacement eyeglasses pads, please note that different nose pad vendors measure this type of nose pad differently.   Always measure your existing strap nose pad with a millimeter ruler according to the specification sheet provided by your vendor.   Always remember that nose pad specification sheets on the Internet are typically Not drawn to scale and are Not viewed or printed to proper scale.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #411:
  Silicone nose pads adhesive are used as a stick on nose pad for all types of frames ranging from designer eyeglasses, everyday sunglasses, as well as reading glasses.   In the case of stick on nose pads for sunglasses and spectacles, both sweat and water are repelled by the  surface of the self adhesive silicone nose piece.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #317:
  Cable temple covers provide a welcome option to sunglass and eyeglass wearers whose ears may become irritated by the contact of the eyeglass cable temple tip or cable temple end that is a part of their glasses.  The silicone cable temple cover simply slips over the existing cable temples, thus providing a soft silicone layer that separates the ear from the hard cable temple surface.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #1:
  Softwing style nose pads are available in pliable soft materials such as silicone. Some styles of soft wing nose pads enable small adjustments to the nosepad by moving the wing or side arm of the soft-wing nose pad.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #221:
  Ray-Ban nose pads often use a unique type of metal nose pad mount which is typically referred to as a clip-on mount or crimp-on mount.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #191:
  Not all nose pads or nose piece eyeglass accessories for glasses need to be replaced during their service life.  Various factors are related to nose pad wear including the length of time of usage, the ambient temperature, the frequency of cleaning, and the care in which the nose pads are handled.  If nose pads are physically and mechanically fine, then by all means they don't need replacing!


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #47:
   Asymmetric nose pads formed in the shape of the letter "D" provide excellent weight distribution for an eyeglass frame.  The gently protruding shape of the D-pad enables the nose pad to match the contour of the nasal area of many eyeglass wearers.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #125:
  Plastic optical glasses frames are sometimes broadly referred to as acetate eyeglasses or zyl eye glasses, although each material may be quite different from each other.  Nose pads for plastic frames are sometimes of the standard screw-on, push-on, or slide-on variety IF the appropriate nose pad mount is present in the optical eyeglasses frame.  Most commonly, however, optical glass frames made of plastic, zyl, or acetate use a special type of nose pad that presses into two recessed holes present on the surface of the plastic optical frame. These nose pads are usually referred to as snappy nose pads for plastic glasses, but are also referred to as press-in, press-on, snap-in, snap-on, push-in, push-on, or push base nose pads.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #228:
Snappy type nose pads for glasses are different from the traditional adjustable push-on nose pads used in metal frames as each press-on snappy nose pad has two small rod-like protrusions that extend outwards from the backside of each nose pad; whereas, the traditional push-on nosepad has rectangular shaped protrusions. Snappy nose pads for plastic eyeglass frames do not provide any ability to adjust the orientation of the nose pad.  This lack of adjustment capability does not enable any adjusting in the nasal area by means of the nose pad position.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #97:
Snappy style replacement nose pads for plastic eyeglasses frames are typically of an elongated narrow slightly D-shape and are manufactured in silicone. The advantage of this type of nose pad over its counterpart snap-in or push-on type of nose pad used in metal frames is that there is no nose pad mount that is extended beyond the surface of the optical eye glasses frame.  This enables a low profile fit and often enables the eyeglasses to be positioned closer to the eyewear wearer's nasal area and face.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #78: 
Glasses pads constructed of rigid materials such as polycarbonate, acetate, plastic, titanium metal, and zyl are often just as comfortable as nose pads constructed of soft pliable materials such as silicone and soft PVC . How can this be?  The comfort level is largely dependent upon the adjustment of the nose pads so that each nose pad sits flush on the surface of the underlying nasal area of the eyeglass or sunglass wearer.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #269:
  Square nose pads are a relatively new addition to the nose pad eye glass industry.  Nose pads for both cheap and moderate to expensive dress and sunglass metal frames are now found to sport un-traditional nose pad shapes such as square nosepads.  Nose pads that are square shaped are often found on lighter weight stylish designer frames and upscale eyewear.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #18:
  The symmetric shaped square nose pad provides good weight distribution and is available in thin vinyl, silicone, PVC, and ultra-thin polycarbonate materials.  Mounting arms for square nose pads include the traditional snap-in, snap-on, push-on, push-in style as well as the common slide-in, slide-on rimless, screw-on, and screw-in styles.   


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #177:
  Strap bridge nose pads are not measured in the same manner as traditional independent left and right nose pads.  Even though dimensions on Internet specification sheets are typically Not drawn to scale and are Not accurately scaled in web browsers, these specification sheets are important and should be consulted to determine how the particular vendor measures their nose pad offerings.  You should always measure a nose piece for glasses independently with a metric millimeter ruler.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #289:
  Snap-in, screw-in, screw-on, and snap-on nose pads generally, but not always, rotate or pivot about their nose pad mount; therefore, they may self adjust to the contours of the underlying facial skin.  Aside from this "fine" adjusting, any further coarse adjustment will usually need to be made by adjustment to the stem of the nose pad mounting arm.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #118: 
One of the major objectives of properly adjusting eyeglasses pads is to orient each nose pad front surface so that it makes as much contact as possible and sits flush on the underlying skin surface of the eyeglass wearer.  This action spreads the weight of the eyeglass frame over as large of a skin surface area as possible resulting in the largest weight distribution of the eyeglasses frame.  The resulting sensation to the eye glasses wearer is of a lighter weight frame.  Proper nose pad adjustment also prevents the nose pads from digging into the skin resulting in pain.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #164:
Rimless slide-on style eyeglass nosepads generally do not wiggle or rotate freely to a large extent when installed in their corresponding nose pad mount arm; therefore, they do not automatically adjust to well to the contours of the underlying nasal area.   In such cases, the mounting arm of the glasses must be adjusted in order for the associated slide-in nose pad to achieve a proper fit.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #261:
  Some optical screwdrivers are magnetized to pick up small optical eyeglass repair parts; however, a large portion of such optical spare parts are not magnetic!  Replacement glasses nose pad screws are often fabricated from stainless steel.  The specific alloy composition of the stainless steel used to fabricate a nose pad screw determines whether or not the screw is magnetic or not.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #79:
  Glasses nose pads that have a round shape are sometimes referred to as mushroom shaped nose pads.  Mushroom nose pads are very popular with lighter weight pairs of prescription glasses as well as pairs of sunglasses.  Due to their popularity, round nose pads are available in a multitude of materials, sizes, and mounting options.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #228:
  Today, silicone is the most widely used soft material in the fabrication of nose pads.   PVC nose pads are also available in soft firm PVC material.  Another soft, but rarely used material is rubber.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #21:
  Heavy pairs of glasses are typically prescribed with a nose pad or nose piece larger than their lighter weight counterparts.  Larger nose pads have a larger surface area that interacts with the underlying nasal area of the eyeglass wearer, thus the effective weight felt by wearer is less than would otherwise be felt if smaller sized nosepads were employed.


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