TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF TEMPLE ADJUSTMENT

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Temples can be easily adjusted with the right tools and techniques.

Today’s manufacturers of eyewear designs are using new materials, high-luster finishes, engraving, multi-coloring, lamination, and a variety of other eye-catching techniques. Some frame materials have become more rigid and temples have become wider which makes adjusting them more difficult. This is often particularly true with wrap sunwear styles.

The result is that opticians sometimes avoid adjusting frames that provide a challenge due to the fear of breaking the product or not being able to do an adequate job. The good news is that there are some helpful ways to adjust temples and do a finer job of adjusting frames.

1. This wrap sunwear frame is a good example of an eyewear design that could present some challenges to adjusting. The frame is made of a tough material designed to endure a rough-and-tumble lifestyle. That also means it is not as easy to adjust as cellulose acetate or monel (a common metal frame material). The wide temple design will make contouring the temples and adjusting the earpieces a bit trickier. 2. The wide temple design on this attractive rimless frame makes it more difficult to adjust, especially the earpieces around the ears. Notice that while the horizontal thickness of these temples is reasonably thin, its vertical thickness is pretty thick. Any adjustment in the vertical direction-like earpiece adjusting-will be made along the temple’s vertical thickness. 3. At first glance, you’d feel pretty good about adjusting the temples on this frame but on closer inspection you’ll notice that they have generous thickness, especially along the shaft. While the earpiece portion is a bit more adjustment friendly, contouring the temple shafts will be a little more challenging due to their thickness.
4. Many opticians make adjustments using their fingers. While in some cases this works fine (as when adjusting the contour of a temple shaft to the skull), using fingers is often not a good technique. Fortunately tools, like the one illustrated here, are available to overcome these problems. 5. Making a proper temple earpiece bend can be challenging for some opticians. The device illustrated here makes this adjustment simple. Notice how the temple earpiece is positioned between the narrow rectangular block and the circular block. A little downward pressure makes a rounded earpiece adjustment. If you want a sharper bend, position the earpiece between the narrow and wider rectangular blocks, and add downward pressure. For plastic frames, warm the material as required. For metal frames with plastic earpiece covers, warm the cover. 6. This odd-looking tool can be your best friend when adjusting the earpiece bend. Through the use of its clever design, you can obtain four steepness angles for the bend. The small circle provides the steepest bend while the largest one provides the softest curve. Choose which of the four you need based on your patient’s ear morphology.
7. After warming the earpiece of this frame, the optician inserted it into the tool at the third ring location. By rotating her wrist toward the temple end, the earpiece will assume the curve of the third circle. It’s a clever and effective way to make this adjustment. Be careful not to warm the temple too much. Also, don’t squeeze tightly on the pliers as this may mar the frame. 8. If you’ve ever struggled to get a temple earpiece to fit the mastoid bone of a patient, consider an adjusting tool like this one. After warming the earpiece, place it into the pliers and squeeze gently. The two fiber jaws will create a depression in the earpiece. The wide fiber jaws of this tool are ideal for adjusting wrap frames, especially the temples, which are usually wide and thick.
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