I’m surprised that these nifty little ear grips aren’t more well known. Sure they’re not sexy but they are incredibly effective! If you have an insubstantial nose bridge (like me) or a sweaty nose in the summer (like me), then you’ll know how it feels to be constantly pushing up glasses and sunglasses.

Before I had my laser eye surgery, I had ear grips on my glasses but I left them on the frames when I gave them away to be recycled. Then I bought these Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses and although they stayed put initially, it was a different story once I got them out on holiday in Bermuda recently where not only was the sun blazing but it was also 80% humidity. The sunscreen and sweat basically meant I gave up on wearing them completely. Aviators seem to be particularly heavy for some reason and I just couldn’t fight gravity.

So this weekend I bought this super stylish “deluxe eyeglass repair kit” which contained nice, new ear grips…

Glasses repair kit
The ear grips themselves are flexible, tadpole-shaped pieces with holes which you slide the arms of your glasses through. If the ends of the arms are too wide to fit through the holes (but skinny otherwise), you can use the screwdriver in the kit to detach the arms from the frames then slip the grips on from the other end. I had to do this with my Ray-Bans. It literally takes minutes.

transparent ear grips for glasses
The ear grips that came in this particular kit are discreet and transparent so they’re virtually invisible when worn. I had to try quite hard to get a photo of them showing up.

When you’re wearing frames with these ear grips, you’ll find that the centre of gravity shifts from the nosepieces to the ear grips. So the frames will be much less dependent on gripping the bridge of the nose and will instead balance between the ears and nose. So glasses/sunglasses are much more comfortable to wear, your nose gets a rest, and those pesky red nosepiece indentations are no longer a problem. Plus I’ve heard that wearing heavy glasses can slowly form a bump in the nose over time!

The ear grips are particularly handy for when you’re looking downwards (e.g. when reading) or jumping around, because they hook onto the backs of your ears and stop the glasses sliding forward.

There you go. That is the secret of keeping glasses and sunglasses at the top of even the most flat and sweaty noses! I could do a cartwheel wearing my modded sunglasses and they’d still stay in place!

Don’t go into an opticians asking about these ear grips… they’ll have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve only ever seen them in cheapo “spectacle repair kits” that are the kind of thing you’d find in pound shops or on eBay. I bought this particular kit from the pharmacy, Duane Reade in New York for $4.69.

23 comments on “How to stop glasses or sunglasses slipping down your nose: Ear grips!

  1. I have some Rayban Clubmasters that are IMPOSSIBLE! So heavy! I think the arms are too wide though. Still, loving your work clever lady! Did you ever used to watch ‘Trade Secrets’? I loved that programme! xx

  2. Great tip! My glasses slide down my face when i’m at spin bike class or in the gym. I’ll head over to eBay now to see if i can find any.
    Great blog!

  3. OMG BRILLIANT! If your nosebridge is nonsubstantial, mine is nonexistant! XD Gotta try these for my sunnies too! Too bad they dont work on those giant paris hilton glasses (which I really want XD)

  4. You’re a lifesaver! I will keep a lookout for ear grips!

    I have extremely heavy spectacles as my short-sightedness is really bad and high-index lenses can only do so much to lighten the load. If I wear my specs the entire day, it actually hurts.


  5. Thanks for this!! I have the exact same problem which is why I had to get Wayfarers (because they sit on my cheekbones!) shame I’m about to go on holiday on Sat…don’t think I can get them in time but i will head over to ebay now 🙂

  6. I have this exact problem and have never heard of these – thanks for posting about them!

  7. Thats such an awesome tip. I hate to push back my glasses al the time. Never knew something like this existed.

  8. Didn’t know about ear grips awesome. I have Ray-ban aviators extra large lenses and the glasses would always slide down even after adjustments.

  9. Wow! Thanks for the tip! I just went over to eBay and saw an eyeglass repair kit exactly just like yours. My nostrils are gonna thank me for this. LOL. 🙂

  10. Had the same problem and found your site for a solution. It gets hot in Rio and really steamy.

    Fantastic, ordered some ear grips.

    Then thought what a shame they are quality glasses.

    Went back to the shop to see what they could do, if anything. They had a special machine that heated the plastic in the glasses(ear grips) and then they bent the arms to fit perfectly around my ears.

    If you don’t ask you don’t get.

  11. i just have one question for you:
    how did you get these ear grips to slip onto your glasses? the holes are too small ! 🙁

  12. i just have one question:
    how did you get the ear grips to slip onto your glasses? i bought the same ear grips and the holes are too small! 🙁

  13. I have a solution. Don’t don’t know if someone already posted this solution but: I used rubber bands at the end of each arm right where you would place the guards and it works – this is a temporary fix until you can get the guards.

  14. I don’t know if someone already posted this solution but: I used rubber bands at the end of each arm right where you would place the guards and it works – this is a temporary fix until you can get the guards.

  15. I ordered this kit on amazon. I actually ended up having to cut off the curved ends because they irritated my ears. Having the extra grip on the end, however, really helped keep my ray bans in place. Thank you for sharing your find! 🙂

    Miss R’s Room

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