Mask Causing Your Glasses to Fog Up? Try These Simple Solutions!
If you wear glasses, you’ve probably gotten used to them, but odds are, you’re not as used to wearing a mask. Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from infection, but you’ll often notice shortly after putting one on that when you exhale, your glasses fog up, making it difficult to function.
At Eye Centers of Florida, we understand how irritating and frustrating it can be to constantly battle foggy lenses. Here are a few tricks you can use to make wearing both a mask and glasses easy!
What Makes My Lenses Fog Up, Anyway?
When warm, moist air hits the cool lenses of your glasses, condensation forms, which makes your eyewear fog up. You may notice this phenomenon when you leave an air-conditioned building and step outside into hot, humid weather.
The same thing happens when your breath escapes from the top of your mask: because your breath is much warmer than your room-temperature lenses, it can fog your glasses!
How to Keep Your Glasses from Fogging Up
Use a Soapy Wash to Prevent Fogging
A simple, at-home solution that can keep your glasses fog-free uses materials you already have in your bathroom or kitchen: soap and water!
Before trying this solution, check with an Eye Centers of Florida optician to make sure that your lenses don’t have any special coatings that would be damaged by soap and water. Once you’ve confirmed this, wash your glasses with soapy water. Let your lenses air dry, and use a soft, microfiber cloth to wipe them off before wearing them. The invisible layer of soap that is left behind on your lenses prevents fog from forming.
Wear a Mask That Fits Well
Ill-fitting masks direct your hot breath onto your lenses. Luckily, you can stop this by making sure that your mask fits your face properly.
Masks with a built-in wire can be adjusted to fit snug against your nose and face, preventing the escape of hot air from the top of the mask, which reduces that foggy effect. Sometimes, if a mask is too large for your face, it can still let air escape even if it has an adjustable nose piece — which is why we recommend wearing a mask that fits your face well.
Manually Seal the Top of Your Mask
Pad Your Mask with a Tissue
Stay Safe While Seeing Clearly
If you’re still having difficulties keeping your glasses clear, the opticians in our optical shops may be able to recommend you an anti-fog spray for your lenses. Or, if you’re interested in clear vision without frames, we can help you find the perfect contact lenses for your needs, or offer LASIK to those who are searching for long-term solutions.
It’s important to do your part to keep yourself and others safe — and to ensure that you can still see clearly! Follow these tips to make sure that you can do both, and remember that the team at Eye Centers of Florida is here to help address all of your vision needs.