Plug-in nose pads are special in design and for the way they mount on a frame, you may consider these a slide-on type of nose pad. Because these nose pads slide up onto the nose pad arm. However, plug-in nose pads are designed to slide onto a post, they actually are more like a plug in a electrical outlet. Since the nose pad arm (post) is plugging into the nose pad. Although plug-in may be a term you are not familiar with, there are other names that are associated with these nose pads. The names are listed below.
Other names used to describe plug-in nose pads
As you can see by the photo above, the plug-in style nose pads have a chamber that runs lengthwise from the top of the nose pad to about 3/4 length down. This is where you will insert the post (nose pad arm) . How one knows if these are the right style for them
- If you already have these, your nose pads will match those with the picture above.
- If you do not have nose pads, and are not sure whether these are the correct ones for your frames, your eyeglasses/sunglasses will have what looks like a metal spoke or rod where normally the nose pad should be. The rod has a flat shape to it, with sometimes a ribbed edge. The ribbed edge is for extra support so that the nose pad may stay on and not easily slide off.
- One major eyeglass/sunglass brand offers this kind of mount. That name is RayBan. Although RayBan is not the only company to provide this mount, you may find that a majority of people requiring this type of nose pad, have that brand.
Proper Changing of a Plug-in style nose pad
Changing these nose pads are quite simple and anyone could perform this. For removal of old plug-in style nose pads
- You just grab or pinch them and pull downward off of the post. Note: If the nose pads are stuck and give you trouble removing them, you could cut them off lengthwise. However, be 100% sure that you do not cut the post or rod for mounting, that would result in a costly repair or entire new pair of eyeglass expense.
For Mounting of new plug-in style nose pads
- These nose pads can be used for either left or right sides. And for that reason there are only two ways to mount them. First start by taking the nose pad and sliding it up one of the posts. Now look at the frame with the newly mounted nose pad from the front of the eyeglass frame. If the nose pad was inserted properly, you should have the flat edge facing you. If not, simply take off the nose pad and flip it a half turn (180 degrees) so that the flat part is closest to the frame front. Follow the same steps for the second nose pad. Once you have finished discard any old nose pads.
Cleaning the posts for better insertion
- This step is not mandatory nor is it necessary, yet may maintain a better looking eyeglass frame as well as make life easier for each nose pad change. When you have taken off the old nose pads, you may notice that the posts are a little grimy, or filthy. The reason for this is that sweat and dirt DO find their way inside the nose pad slot and can build up after time. More so if you are a person that is around a lot of dust or if you sweat alot. The best way to take care of this is to use something disposable. We suggest a paper towel (a kleenex may rip to easily). Or if available, you could use an old cotton handkerchief or towel. This is the dry method, but it wouldn't hurt to take a small sponge with a mild soap and warm water to initially take off the dirt.