Which Glasses Frames Do Not Leave Marks on Your Nose?

A lot of people see marks on their noses after putting of the glasses. After you read this article you will know what to optimize on your glasses to reduce the marks or to get rid of them entirely.

The first thing that you can do to optimize your glasses is by using bigger nose pads. This will take some of the pressure off on your nose and distribute it more evenly over a wider area.

Those nose pads are available in sizes from under 2 inches (5mm) up to 0,8 inches (21mm). In most cases, bigger nose pads will reduce the marks for you effectively. But the important thing about them is they need to sit evenly on your nose. So after you switched to a bigger pair of nose pads and the marks on your nose are still visible the optician should manipulate the shape of the nose pads so they align nicely with the shape of your nose.

In most cases, the pads are turned entirely but you can adjust the surface of them as well when they are heated up a little. On top of that, there are different kinds of nose pads available. Your optician oftentimes has the option to mount nose pads with an air cushion or a gel to your glasses frame.

If this doesn’t work, then maybe try using frames with lighter weight. Typical lightweight frames are rimless titanium frames or nylon frames.

The best way to minimize the marks left on your nose is by choosing a frame with smaller lenses and a minimalistic approach to design elements like the bridge or the temples. This way you shouldn’t experience any problems read the in-depth guide on how to reduce the marks on your nose.

Improving the Contact Surface of the Glasses Frame To Reduce Marks on Your Nose

When the above steps did not work the nose needs to be looked at. When you have a very small nose and the seat engaging surface on the sides of your nose is oriented very vertically the bridge of your nose should be used as well as the seating area. The reason, therefore, is the increasing pressure the more vertically the sides of your nose are oriented. In such a case people do not only see marks on their noses but experience a lot of pressure.

Even though the glasses frame is already light and the nose pads on the sides are as big as they can get. For some people, the solution is to use nose pads that have a link between them that covers their bridge. In most cases today those kinds of pads are used for glasses for children to make them fit better. But they are available for adults too in bigger sizes.

In most cases the I would rather switch the frame entirely as people have a certain style in mind with their glasses and the nose pads with the bridge in the middle will not match their image of glasses. So when a new glasses frame needs to be chosen the optician needs to check if the contact surface of the frame really aligns perfectly or if your nose has more contact to an edge of the frame.

When this happens and the optician can do a lot of things to improve the fit on your nose. Depending on the material of the frame solutions can be:

  • Shrinking the bridge of the frame
  • Mounting nose pads on a plastic frame
  • Rasping the edges of the bridge for a more evenly contact surface

This process is extremely custom to the anatomical structures of your nose. In some cases in our shop when my team of optician notices hey something with the fit still is not perfect with this customer because he came back multiple times then one optician needs to sit down for approximately 30 minutes to solve the issue.

I say 30 minutes because when the optician needs to rasp away a little material the frame usually needs to be grind and polished. The important thing here is the customer needs to come in when the marks are very visible. When the optician does not see it he or she needs to guess which of course is not perfect.

Another bullet point in the list above is the shrinking method to reduce the marks on your nose. The shrinking method also needs time as the optician needs to oftentimes change the shape of the frame by applying pressure to it and he needs to heat the frame up and cool it down multiple times so the material can change. This way the fit can be manipulated a lot with acetate frames.

As you saw in the article until now the optician really needs to decide what route to go for the optimization. In a lot of cases, pads can be mounted to an existing plastic frame when the frame can not be shrunk.

Custom Frames

Custom frames have the luxury so they can be designed to fit your nose in a way you want them to fit. This way the optician can build a different contact surface for you. When you go the route of a custom frame the optician can combine all the methods described above. In such a case the contact surface should be maximized on the bridge as well as on the sides of your nose.

Today options are extremely versatile with 3d printing techniques. Like in the example below the optician could make a custom mold with scanning techniques or with silicone to produce a frame with a slightly bigger bridge made out of a very light material like nylon. Here in the picture below you can see how the custom mold is made in our optical shop to reduce the marks on your nose as much as possible.


Depending on the skin of your nose in combination with the shape you will have little marks after you put off your glasses for a couple of minutes no matter the methods used here. As described in the paragraphs above you can effectively minimize them and if they hurt something needs to be done right away.

If they do not hurt and they are just visible it is up to you to do something about them or not.

I wish you a great day.

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