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Nose Pad 101: What Nose Pad Are You?

Have you ever bought a new pair of glasses or sunglasses and you absolutely love them EXCEPT… they fit a little weird? But you don’t want to return them because they are exactly your style? So, you just suffer through a little bit of discomfort? Yep. I’ve been there. More times than I’d like to admit. However, we no longer have to do that. Nose Pads come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors to help you keep your styled glasses and be comfortable.


So, you’re probably thinking, Nose Pads?! Who in the world buys nose pads?! Trust me, that was my thought a few months ago. Then, I learned that they are helpful for SO many people and different kinds of glasses. The most important thing with nose pads is learning the difference. GMS Optical has five main kinds: adhesive, screw-in, push-in, slide-in, and clip-on nose pads.


Our first nose pad is our adhesive nose pad line. Most of these nose pads are made with 3M adhesive, which allows them to stick in place for longer. You will be using adhesive nose pads if you have plastic-framed glasses. The silicone material allows your frames to become more comfortable and stop them from slipping down your face.



adhesive nose pads on pink children's glasses


If you look at your glasses and see a screw in your nose pad, then you guessed it, you have screw-in nose pads. When you purchase new screw-in nose pads, they do not come with new screws. Therefore, make sure you keep your original screw to replace your old one. The benefit of buying these new nose pads is to prolong the life of your glasses themselves. Don’t spend money on a new pair of frames just because your nose pads aren’t comfortable anymore.



screw in nose pads


A push-in nose pad is characterized by a rectangle shape on the back of the nose pad. It is like the screw-in flange. However, the push-in nose pad does not have a hole in the flange, it is solid. In order to put a push-in nose pad on you simply push the nose pad onto the rectangle flange. Once it is secure, you’re good to go. Your glasses will stay in place and feel as comfortable as ever.



Push In


Onto the next pair (I know, it just keeps getting better and better). Slide-in nose pads are characterized by the round protrusion on their backside. The protrusion has a little lip on the outer edge. This lip allows the nose pad to slide onto the glasses easily and stay securely in place. We have some with airbag soft cushions, which allows for extreme comfort.



slide in nose pad


Clip-On nose pads are often known as Ray Bay nose pads. There are two-pronged metal clasps located on the backside of the nose pad. These prongs clip onto the post that is permanently fastened to each nasal side of the frame.



clip on pair showing them on sunglasses

Look Carefully at your Nose Pads

As the glasses fashion evolves and changes, be sure to always be your most comfortable self. Look carefully at the nose pads on your glasses to see which ones they are. Swapping them out for more comfortable is simple and easy. No one will even notice!

Figuring out which nose pad you need can be a little bit tricky. If you aren’t sure, then send a picture of your glasses frame and current nose pads. Send it to any social media channel for the fastest response. Get ready to step into the world of comfort.



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Up, Up, and Away

Woman on a plane, wearing earplugs, after going through TSA

The year is quickly coming to a close. Here in the Midwest, we have already received our first snowfall. To be honest, I’m not sure if I’m excited about this or deeply saddened. Either way, I can’t do much about it. My puppy is all about it though, so I suppose I HAVE to like it now. With the cold weather, we need something to look forward to. For me (and many others) it is the holiday season and/or traveling. However, traveling with a medical condition or chronic illness can seem daunting. Simply thinking of how many supplies you need, bringing sharps through TSA, and getting everyone out the door on time is chaotic.

Can I Bring That?

Traveling via airplane is stressful. Making sure all your carry-on liquids are under the required 3.4 ounces, putting them in bags, taking your laptop, camera, and other electronics out while going through security. Making it to your gate on time, remembering your headphones, earplugs, passport, phone charger, and more. It can be enough to induce some significant anxiety because no one wants to forget something important or miss their flight. Trust me, I’ve done both and it is not ideal. I was stuck in the Korea International Airport for 16 hours after missing a flight, but that’s a story for another time.


Now, if you have a chronic illness, say diabetes, then traveling is a little trickier. With all the extra supplies, gadgets, sharps, liquids, and ice packs it can be overwhelming. If you’re like me, you’re probably a person who over-packs for every trip. The good news is, if you have a medical condition then you are allowed to bring an additional carry-on just for your medical supplies. You’ll have your regular carry-on, personal item, and medical bag. You can also check bags that are transporting ONLY medical supplies for free. Make sure to ask your airline in advance to make sure their policy hasn’t changed.


In order to make the security process a little easier get yourself a TSA Notification Card or a detailed note from your doctor explaining your condition.

Screening Time

As you’re going through the security process, be sure to tell the TSA officer that you have medically necessary liquids and/or medications before the process starts. Likewise, be sure that you declare any ice packs, gel packs, IV bags, or syringes. If you want to be extra prepared to ensure that things go smoothly, you can label each of these items.



When it comes to going through security in America with a declared ice pack, things can be a little iffy. I called TSA a month ago to get more information on what they allow, and this is what I found out:


  • You must take the ice pack out of your carry-on. If the ice pack is inside a supply bag, then take the bag out of your carry-on as well.
  • If you haven’t already done so, make sure that the security knows you use the ice pack for medical reasons.
  • When the ice pack is fully frozen, then there shouldn’t be an issue. However, when the ice pack is mushy or about half-frozen, then they may have to inspect it.

While on the phone with the TSA Agent, she told me that it’s in your best interest for the ice pack to be as frozen as possible. If the goal of the ice pack is to keep medication cool, then it should be doing its job. She said it gets a little iffy the ice pack isn’t doing its job because then it may seem not medically necessary to some TSA officers. The solidness of the ice pack is accepted or denied based on the subjectivity of the officer. However, if you have a note stating you need it, then you should be good to go.

Take Off

As you’re getting ready to head to the airport, be sure to check your packing list twice. If you’re like me, you’ll probably check it at least three times. When it comes to medical supplies, pack extra. The last thing you want to do is run out of a life-saving medicine or have a severe complication in a different country or state away from your primary physician.


Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight. Even grab a drink from your flight attendant if you’re feeling a little adventurous.


You know where to find me for help, questions, or just to chit chat.



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Interview With Quinn Nystrom

Interview With Quinn Nystrom

This monthly spotlight is a little different than normal. On September 5th, 2019, I had the opportunity to speak with Quinn Nystrom about #Insulin4All. The reason this spotlight is different is because we were able to record it. At the bottom of this page, you will find a link to the full interview on our YouTube Channel. First, let me give you a little background.


For those of you that don’t know Quinn Nystrom yet, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child. Ironically, just a few years after her brother was diagnosed. When her little brother was diagnosed, she began campaigning and raising thousands of dollars for diabetes research to help her younger brother. That was just the big sister in her.


She has spent the majority of her life fighting for her life and doing the same for others that battle all kinds of diabetes. Now, she is raising the bar. Quinn is officially running as a Congressional Candidate for the Minnesota 8th district to help be the change that she wants to see in the world. We have lost lives due to the high cost of insulin across the world and T1International is trying to change that.


In the interview, Quinn discusses #Insulin4All, her book, childhood, diabetes tips, and more.


Linked below is the full-length interview on our YouTube channel. Go check it out! I promise you, Quinn’s passion will ignite a spark in you to help in some way. You can help out in small ways. For example, sharing information on your social media channels can help a lot. Every little bit makes a difference.


Link to Quinn’s full YouTube video here:

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Where to Next?

Suitcase ready for travel

Who here is a fan of traveling? I AM. I AM. ME! To be honest, I’m the person that is constantly dreaming of my next destination. Dreaming of sitting on the beach next to turquoise waters with a mojito in my hand…. Yeah, that sounds pretty dang nice right now. I’m not saying that you need to hop on a plane and head to the smallest island over in Eastern Asia to travel or the South Pole if Antarctica is more your style. Even just taking a road trip to a new town in your state counts. There are many places in Minnesota that I have not yet explored but am adding to my road trip list.

Why Do Our Ears Pop?

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Fall Weather And Flu Season

Tissues for the flu season

Fall Weather And Flu Season

The leaves are changing, and the air is getting crisp, which means that the flu season is getting closer and closer. Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity typically begins to increase in October and November, but peaks between December and February. However, the flu season can stick around as late as May. I know, May is the time when you start prepping for Summer. But keep up your healthy habits to avoid that last surge of flu season.

Immunity For The Community

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Get Organized Week

This week has been full of National Holidays. If you’ve even glanced at your Instagram feed this week I’m sure you were hit in the face with all the couple photos celebrating #NationalBoyfriendDay. Which by the way, it is not a super fun holiday to celebrate if you’re super single. I’m here to talk about a holiday that we can all enjoy, single or taken, it is Get Organized Week! Get Organized Week is the first week of October…clearly, I’m not that organized this week as this is coming to you at the end of the week. Better late than never, right? That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.

Let’s Clean That Humble Abode

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What ChillMED Bag Are You?!

Jordan is seen here holding her own ChillMED Type 1 bag

Finding the right diabetic supply kit for your needs can be tricky. There are many options out there. From stylish wallets, backpacks, insulated bags, and more. With so many decisions it can be hard to decide. Have you ever been shopping for candy and the amount of different options was so overwhelming that eventually you just gave up and didn’t get anything? Yep. Been there. Just last week.

More Details About ChillMED Bags Here

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Adventure Into Fall

As of today, it is officially Autumn. Whether you’re excited about that or not, it’s here. To be honest, I can’t decide if I’m excited or not. I love watching the leaves turn into hues of yellow, orange, and red. Breathing in the crisp air as the sun still filters through, but it’s still cold enough to wear a sweater. All of that is great, except snow fall comes after fall here in Minnesota and that is what I’m not excited for.

Prepare For Your Hike

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New Week. New Resolutions.

Yes, it may be the middle of September. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t start new resolutions. It can be pretty easy to lose sight of what our New Year’s Resolutions were. Just because you faded off track doesn’t mean that you can’t start again. You don’t need the start of a new year to focus on yourself. Start today. The start of a new week can be the start of new resolutions.


Do I Need That Vitamin?

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Cheers to Game Day

football game

If you have any type of social media, you’re now well aware the beloved American football season is back in action. Whether you’re an avid fan, could care less, or hate the sport it can be hard to avoid it during this time of year. Between it showing at the bars, friends talking about it, and hashtags on Twitter it’s everywhere.

Stay Healthy During Football Season