Do Glasses Dent Your Skull?

Glasses can produce indents in the area of the temples or behind the ear because they are fitted too tight. If the indents are at the back of your ear, the temple tips just need to be bent less narrow to reduce pressure against the mastoid. This way the indents will be reduced. When the dent is located between the temple and the ear the frame of the glasses needs to widen where the temple meets the middle part of the glasses.

Despite the visible dents, excess pressure of your glasses can cause pain, headaches, skin blistering, and general irritation. Depending on how long the pressure manipulated is of the dent it can still be seen when the pressure gets removed for a couple of days or weeks. Fitting the frame in an anatomically correct way is the daily business of opticians and they are happy to help you out when feeling pressure or the dent.

It is generally not recommended to try to adjust your frames in a DIY fashion to get rid of the dent yourself. This can easily cause damage to your glasses. When the dents do not go away after the optician’s adjustments different options can be chosen to reduce the likelihood of dents.

In some cases when the temples are simply too thick they produce pressure against the ear where also a dent can be formed or the head. The obvious solution to this problem would be to reduce the thickness of the temple by rasping some material to get a thinner temple resting on your ears. Most people say it feels better the thinner the temples get.

Depending on where you feel the dent or pressure the fitting style of the temple tip can be changed. When we talk about the anatomical fitting the part towards the end of the glasses gets bent behind the ears. However, some people do not like this position of the temple and rather prefer a fitting style with the temple that is more straight.

Can Glasses Deform Your Skull?

Glasses can theoretically deform the skull when they produce excess pressure on the skull over an extended amount of time. This is more likely with the very young wearer of glasses. However, usually, people notice very quickly when glasses are fitted too tight and the deformation of the are on the head is only temporarly visible.

In most cases people notice the deep dents behind the ears which they assign to wearing glasses when in reality most people have very dominant bumps and dents in the skull in this area.

Do Eyeglasses Really Leave a Permanent Dent on Your Nose?

Yes, glasses can leave a permanents dent on your nose. Depending on the density of nose cartilage in a combination with the weight of the glasses and how your nose is shaped you can see permanent changes when the glasses are worn over the years.

When the nose has only a very small bearing area and the weight can not be distributed well a permanent dent is likely when the fitting gets tolerated by the wearer. Some people feel excess pressure on the nose very fast and a very light weight frame needs to be chosen so the pressure gets reduced. In such a case case glasses would not lead to a permanent dent in the nose. But when the wearer is not sensible to the pressure a dent in the nose could be possible.

The skin and the cartilage change over time when pressure is applied to it over the years. Usually, the tissue of the skin gets thinner (atrophy) and the dent will be an area very the person will be more sensitive to the pressure and weight of the glasses.

How To Reduce Temporarily Dents on Your Nose and Behind the Ears With Your Glasses?

When you see the first sign of a dent where the glasses touch your nose or your head the fitting should be checked first by an optician. He or she will optimize the way how the frame distributes the weight on your nose and behind your ears. Generally speaking it is best when he surface where glasses touch your nose or your ears is the biggest in combination with the lightest frame possible to reduce the pressure.

You do not need to buy a new frame right away to get rid of the dents. In a lot of cases the optician can for example change the nose pads on your glasses. They are available in different sizes as well as in different materials. For example when you buy your glasses with notepads usually nose pads made out of a hard plastic PVC is mounted to them. In most cases they are also a bit smaller.

But the optician could also change this little hard plastic PVC nose pads to a softer and slightly bigger silicone nose pads. Changing the nose pads can make a big difference if you want to get rid of temporarily formed dents on your nose.

When your glasses do not have nose pads they oftentimes still can be mounted to them oftentimes. This needs a little craftsmanship but your optician can perform those changes with a lot of frames to improve the fit.

In some cases, the option is to rasp away some material to improve the support engaging surface on the glasses. When it comes to the ears there also different possibilities available. In some cases, a different temple tip could be used out of a softer or more flexible material to reduce the likely hood of dents.


When dents show up seek advice from an eye care professional. Some people are less sensitive to pressure and will not notice when glasses are fitted too tight. Your optician has excellent expertise in reducing pressure on your nose as well as on the temples and ears. If you feel dents after you bought a new pair of glasses think of returning them and switching to another model if no modifications can be made to the frame.

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