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Designed to help keep your eyeglasses in place, nose pads are an important part of your glasses. These tiny support pieces rest on the nose bridge. Providing extended comfort by distributing the glasses weight on your face. Besides comfort and practicality, nose pads help to enhance the look of your eyewear.

They come in various shapes, sizes, and materials. Read on to learn interesting nose pad facts.


Nose pads usually come as D-shaped, round, oval, and teardrop shaped. They come in pairs, one for each side of the nose. There are also soft-wing, strap-bridge, and saddle-bridge nose pads. These are single piece nose pads shaped like an “n”, that span the bridge of the glasses. Glasses manufacturers often vary the shape and style of nose pads to compliment the look of the glasses. Creating a pleasing eyeglass design.


Nose pads are usually made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), silicone and polycarbonate (PC). Glass, rubber, ceramic and metals are used less often.   

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)- Made from soft plastic, these provide excellent comfort for whole day glasses wear.

Silicone- Nose pads made of silicone are soft and pliable. They distribute the weight of your glasses as they conform to the shape of the skin they’re in contact with.

Polycarbonate (PC)- Made from a hard plastic, they’re lightweight and durable, excellent for long-term use in varied conditions.

That’s it! Important nose pad facts. Keep these in mind when purchasing your next eyeglasses or if you’re thinking of replacing your current nose pads.

Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
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(818) 345-3937
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19737 Ventura Blvd., Suite 201, Woodland Hills, CA 91364