Who knows for how long we’ll be in lockdown mode, or fearful of contracting a virus, so it’s probably safe to say face masks may be the ‘new normal’? With this additional accessory, however, comes a problem – if you wear glasses. It’s the nuisance factor of foggy lenses while wearing a mask.
Your glasses fog up when you’re wearing a face mask because the mask directs the warm air you breathe out, upwards, causing condensation on the cooler lenses.
We have a few hints and tips that may help the fogged-up problem, but we highly recommend our anti-fog lens cleaner. It’s easy to use, can be carried in the console of your motor vehicle or your handbag/briefcase – and it works without fuss or frustration. Avoid anti-fogging products designed for motor vehicles or other purposes, because they could ruin your prescription lenses.
You may like to try the following suggestions:
- the easiest solution is to give your lenses a soapy, warm-water wash, allow them to air dry and then polish with a soft cloth – too much washing, however, is not recommended – avoid using shampoo, toothpaste and shaving cream (that said, polishing your lenses with a tiny dab of shaving cream works – allow to dry before buffing)
- wear a good-fitting mask, preferably one with wire over the bridge of your nose to ensure a close fit
- use tape, plaster, or double-sided tape to hold the mask securely on to your face – but beware of any allergic reactions to your skin
- fold a tissue and place it under the top of your mask – this will absorb moisture as you exhale
- work out ways to get a tighter fit with your mask – twist the ear loops to form an X, or use the two-hole button and thin elastic bands method that attaches your mask to the arms of your glasses – the latter is not appropriate for those who wear readers
- glasses with nose pads can be adjusted to fit slightly further down your nose – be aware that this may alter your vision
- hold your upper lip over your lower lip and exhale warm air downwards – and hope no one can see through your mask!
- if masks are here to stay you may consider lenses with an anti-fog coating when buying your next pair of glasses
After reading all these suggestions, you may prefer to pop into our showroom and buy a bottle of easy-to-use, anti-fog, lens cleaner.
Please read our previous blogs to keep yourself informed about eye conditions and eye care.
We offer a safe, welcoming environment, follow all the Covid-19 health protocols – and we implore you to follow good eye-care practices.