Nose Pad Buyers Tip #54:  When ordering replacement nose pieces or nose pads for your eye glasses, remember to compare the four main elements of the nose pads on your existing pair of glasses to those offered by your nose pad store.  These elements are the shape of the nose pads, the nose pad mounting method employed, the size of the nose pads, and the material that the eyeglasses pads are constructed from.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #287:
  When purchasing replacement nose pads, always refer to the manufacturers' diagrams and specification sheets to make sure that your system of measuring a nose pad matches the manufacturer's system.  For example, when measuring strap bridge nose pads, some nose pad vendors measure the flattened strap-bridge from the mounting center of the nose pad at one end to the mounting center at the other end.  Other vendors will simply measure the extended flattened strap nose pad from the two farthest ends of the entire strap. Although Internet specification sheets typically are Not drawn to scale and can't be viewed or printed to scale, they do provide a graphic representation of the particular nose pad as well as the written dimensions.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #34:
Whether you are wearing cheap glasses or upscale designer eyewear, the comfort level in your nasal area largely depends on the quality of your nose pads and their adjustment.  Just shopping for cheap nose pads, discount nose pads, or the cheapest pair of nose pads may not provide you with the best comfort level available.  As when purchasing other products, select a reputable vendor that sells only first quality nosepads and has the specific styles and specifications that match your requirements.  Don't compromise and don't settle for less!


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #141:
  Some nose pads are fabricated with two or more materials.  For example, many nose pad designs have a soft silicone outer layer that is molded over a metal or polycarbonate flange.  This flange connects to the nose mounting stem of the eyeglasses frame.  If you notice a discoloration of a nose pad where the soft outer material meets the rigid inner material, then the nose pad should be discarded and replaced.  This discoloration usually indicates that the seal between the outer nose pad covering and the rigid insert has broken down whereby the integrity of the nose pad has faulted.  Furthermore, this discoloration usually indicates that the nose pad may no longer be hygienic.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #41:
The silicone nose piece fabrication process enables the production of silicone in basic colors such as white and black as well as vibrant colors such as red and blue.  Due to the popularity of cable temple extension ends for pairs of glasses for both kids and adults, silicone cable extension tip ends are often available in a multitude of colors.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #79:
Eyeglass cable temple extension ends should be replaced if they loose elasticity, don't maintain their proper shape, or otherwise show signs of wear or degradation.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #198:
  Most components of a pair of glasses have a certain product life. This includes optical lens coatings, temple arm spring hinges, temple arm standard hinges, temple arms, eyewires, nose pads, and nose pad mounting arms.  Silicone cable extensions ends and tips are no exception. When optical eyeglass parts show wear or otherwise are not in top condition, they should be replaced.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #8:
All eyeglasses have a number associated with them that is called the "DBL", which stands for the Distance Between Lenses.  This number is sometimes imprinted on an eyeglass frame with other numbers and it basically indicates the distance in millimeters between two lenses when they are inserted into an eyeglass frame.  Although the DBL indicates the distance between two lenses in the region of the bridge area, the DBL does Not provide an indication of the proper nose pad sizes or shapes that are used in a pair of glasses.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #88:
  Silicone comfort cable extension temple ends are typically constructed of a silicone outer layer deposited over a firm inner material such as plastic or metal.  The plastic provides a robust coiling structure to the cable temple whereby it produces a spring effect; otherwise, if comfort cables were constructed with just silicone alone they would not hold their coiled shape when worn by an eyeglasses wearer.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #41:
  As cable temple ends for glasses partially wrap around the ears of the eyeglass wearer, they are usually fabricated with soft silicone.  The pliable silicone material enables most wearers to maintain a comfortable fit.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #76: 
A properly fitted hard acetate temple cover can be as comfortable as a properly fitted silicone temple tip or temple end cover.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #119
:  Properly adjusted nose pads are oriented so that each nose pad front surface 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 maximum weight distribution of the eyeglasses frame.  The resulting sensation to the eye glasses wearer is of a lighter weight frame!  The take home message is clear; always check the adjustment of your nosepads to ensure a proper fit.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #258: 
The flange on the backside of a nose pad that mates with the nose pad arm mount of an eyeglasses frame is the strongest area of a nose pad.  It is this area where the weight of a pair of glasses is concentrated as the flange interfaces with and sometimes pivots about the nose pad arm mount.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #237:
Silicone eyeglass cable temple ends are sometimes referred to as comfort cables, or comfort cable extensions. These partially round shaped temple ends are wrapped around the ear and may provide a more secure eyeglass fit to the glasses wearer.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #192: 
Just as nose pads require periodic "routine maintenance" in the form of cleaning, such care should also be afforded to eye glass temple tip covers as well.  A simple cleaning with soapy water followed by rinsing to remove all debris should leave the temple arms of your pair of glasses in squeaky clean condition.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #158:
  Nose pads are often fabricated with more than one material and are typically referred to by the material that comprises their outer shell, that is, the portion of the nose pad that makes contact with the skin of the eyeglass wearer.   Nose pads with an outer soft silicone shell overlaying either a metal or plastic inner core are usually referred to as simply silicone nose pads.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #247:
  Adhesive stick on nose pads and nose pieces are a disposable eyeglass accessory.  Both self adhesive silicone nose pads and foam nose pads wear out in time due to their abrasion against the skin as well as oils, water, and dirt that come into contact with these self adhesive nose pads.  To maintain both hygiene and comfort, nose pads stick on accessories should be replaced on a regular basis.   

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #16:
  Just as most nose pad styles are available in soft silicone, eyeglass temple tips and temple covers are also available in silicone.  Some silicone temple covers are fabricated in pure silicone, while others are made with a soft silicone sheath covering a firmer inner supporting material such as plastic or acetate.  Metal eyeglass frames and metal sunglass frames often use silicone temple tip covers.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #42:
  Eyeglass cable temple ends are of a springy nature and have a semi coiled appearance. This coiled end wraps partially around an eyeglass wearer's ear whereby it may afford a pair of glasses a more secure hold on the wearer.  Sometimes cable temple ends become uncomfortable after many extended hours.  This is where the eyeglass temple lock optical accessory fits in.  A temple lock is a silicone based optical accessory that slides over the end of a standard (non-cable) temple arm whereby it protrudes behind the eyeglass wearer's ear to simulate the function of a standard cable temple end.  Unlike a standard cable temple, also called a comfort cable, if the wearer desires to remove the temple lock at any time, the wearer simply slides the temple lock off of the temple arm.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #171: 
Library temple arms are eyeglass temples that do not have a bend and are essentially straight.  Library temples utilize temple covers in the same manner as traditional bent spectacle temples arms.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #201:
  A common material used in the fabrication of temple tips and temple covers for glasses is acetate.  Acetate, Italian zyl, and plastic are also used in the manufacture of eyeglass frames.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #98:
   Temple ends, temple covers, and temple tips for glasses are terms that are identical to each other and used interchangeably in the optical trade.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #112: 
The head of a nose pad screw is the top of the screw that makes contact with the optical screwdriver or jeweler's screwdriver.  Nose pad screw heads generally come in two varieties: either a slotted head that is compatible with a flat head screwdriver, or a cross slotted head that is compatible with a Phillips head optical screwdriver.  Torx(R) screw heads which are common in other fields are virtually never used to secure a nose pad to a nose pad mounting arm.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #184:
Crimp-on or clip-on nose pads such as the Ray Ban(R), B&L(R), Rayban(R), or Bausch and Lomb(R) type are typically fabricated in a thin design.  A common material for B&L(R) compatible nose pads is polycarbonate, vinyl, or acetate.


Nose Pad Buyers Tip #201:
Eyeglass temple arm covers and temple covers are Not a repairable optical spare part.  When a temple cover becomes cracked, degraded, or shows other signs of deterioration, both temple covers should be replaced with new ones.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #72: 
A nose pad with an oval shape is an example of a symmetrical nose pad.  The same oval nose pad may be used interchangeably as a left nose pad or a right nose pad.  Opticians like to use symmetric nose pads since they eliminate the possibility of inadvertently installing replacement nose pads in the wrong positions, such as a right sided nose pad installed in the left position.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #90:
  The health of your nose pads should be checked periodically.  For nose pads of the screw-on or screw-in style, a quick check to verify that the nose pad screws are not loose can save you from spending time finding a lost nose pad screw, or the need to order replacement pads or screws.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #132:  For an excellent description of the features and advantages of silicone nose pads, we highly recommend this silicone nose pads resource.  Nose pads fabricated from silicone provide a comfortable compliment to both eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip #212:
  The core diameter of a replacement temple ends should match the core diameter of the original temple tip or cover.  A replacement size that is too large will not securely mount to the eyeglass temple end; whereas, a size too small will result in the temple tip not being able to slide over the temple arm.

Nose Pad Buyers Tip 284:
Eyeglass temples are often referred to as ear pieces, ear-pieces, or temple arms.  There are different types of temple arms such as straight library temples, spatula shaped temples, as well as semi coiled cable temples that wrap around an eyeglass wearer's ear.  Many plastic, Italian zyl, or cellulose acetate frames have temple arms that do not employ replaceable temple covers since the outside covering of the temple itself is constructed of a sheath-like plastic material.  Other frames, such as metal frames, often employ temple covers to provide a smooth comfortable sheath over a hard metal temple wire core.


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