While face masks are incredibly useful to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus, people who regularly wear eyeglasses to see are now faced with having to deal with foggy glasses. Yes we all want to prevent eyeglass fogging, however, if you were to choose between unknowingly transmitting and possibly getting the coronavirus, or having foggy lenses, almost all would choose the latter.
This happens because of our body heat and airflow. When exhaling, the hot breath tends to escape through the gap in the facemask, that is left on the top. As it exits, the glasses get into the way leading to the phenomenon that we all love to hate.
Millions of us have to deal with this problem, and luckily you don’t always have to have to deal with this problem any longer!
Prevent Eyeglass Fogging
Here are a few ways to get rid of your misty predicament when using eyeglasses while wearing a mask. Be sure to check out our other Local NYC Blog posts for more great tips and advice like this one!
Wash Away The Problem With Soapy Water!
Before slipping on your good face mask, try washing the lenses with soapy water. Dish washing soap tends to work well but steer clear from those who say “for sensitive skin” or contain lotion because those will only make the problem work.
After washing those lenses with soapy water, shake off the excess water or dry your lenses with a clean microfiber cloth. What gets left on the glasses is an invisible layer of protection from your warm breath!
Tightening The Seal
If you don’t like the smell of dishwashing soap or don’t like the idea or hassle of washing your glasses and waiting for them to dry, you can still solve that foggy phenomenon with double-sided tape!
Just tape up the inside of the mask to the bridge of your nose, and the air should be forced to come out some other way.
Choose The Right Mask
The most common culprit for fogged up lenses is loose-fitting masks. Just make sure that your cover fits snugly, especially around the bridge of your nose, and that should cause the air you exhale to shoot out on the sides or the bottom of your mask instead. Using masks with a metal strip around the bridge of the nose or moldable pieces around the trunk to make sure that you and adjust it appropriately for a proper seal.
Buying the correct mask is one of the best ways to prevent eyeglass fogging!
Like dish washing soap, shaving cream works incredibly well if you want to get rid of the fog buildup on your glasses. Just put some shaving cream on the inside of the lenses and wash it off, and that should work like a charm! This works great if you’re out and about and happen to have some shaving cream with you.
Capture That Moisture!
An easy way to get rid of the problem is by using something to capture the moisture of your breath from the inside of the mask. Medical practitioners use this method a lot, and it works incredibly well!
Place a tissue between your mouth and the mask and tape it in to secure it in place. The fabric should catch the moisture in your breaths, and you don’t have to do anything with your glasses to fix the problem!
There are plenty of different anti-fogging sprays and waxes that you can apply to your glasses. Make sure to check with your optometrist, though, so that you avoid damaging your glasses! Some sprays work better than others, and it depends on your body chemistry, and how effective the product is so you should experiment and see what works best.
Make sure you don’t use anti-fogging products that are intended to be used on cars though, because these will 100% ruin your prescription glasses.
Buying Anti-Fog Lenses
These are the pricier options since you have to change your glasses entirely. However, they’re worth investing in since most of the solutions that we listed here are temporary and can become somewhat annoying in the long term.
Only get these if you use face masks every day because that’s the only way you can fully utilize it. These can also be useful in situations where your face mask isn’t the one obstructing your vision with fog and mist, so keep that in mind!