5 Tips To Stop Your Eye Glasses From Fogging Up With A Mask On?

5 Tips To Stop Your Eye Glasses From Fogging Up With A Mask On?

As many local businesses in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area prepare to reopen, one of the weapons to continue fighting COVID-19 pandemic now is a face mask. While most people are getting used to the idea of covering their mouth with a mask, people with eyeglasses are facing difficulties due to constant fogging. This is because a face mask leads to fogging of the glasses every time the wearer exhales. Frequently removing the glasses to clean them is annoying and frustrating. Additionally, choosing to wear contact lenses regularly may not be suitable for all.

But, first, at Image Optical Brampton, we are here to serve you. We are open for urgent eye care issues, Emergency eye exams, repairs, adjustments, glasses and contact lens orders. You can reach us at 905.494.1880, Email: info@imageoptical.ca or book a free consultation on our website here: https://www.imageoptical.ca.

So, what do you do if you wear prescription glasses and need to wear them to complete your day-to-day activities? Fortunately, some solutions can help avoid condensation on your glasses. You can easily follow the official guidelines to wear face masks while continuing to wear your glasses or sunglasses.

Here are 6 easy ways to stop your eye glasses from fogging while wearing a mask:

TIP #1 – Soap and Water

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors regularly wore masks along with their eyeglasses. This technique to prevent the glasses from fogging up was discovered in a 2011 study that was recorded in the medical journal titled ‘Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England’.

According to the study, you must use soapy water to wash your eye glasses just before you are going to wear the face mask. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water before washing the glasses. Now, remove any excess from the eyeglasses and allow them to air dry. You can also use a soft towel or a soft tissue to dry off the lenses before you wear them.

The eye glasses lens should not have any fog when you wear it now. This is because the soapy solution builds a thin film and stops the surface tension that leads to fogging up of glasses. This is only a temporary solution. You will have to repeat it a few times throughout the day.


TIP #2 – Adding a Tissue Inside the Top of the Mask

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Before you wear the mask, place a tissue on the inside near the top. Fold the tissue to make it smaller and fix it horizontally on the top of your mask. This is where the bridge of your nose will sit. The tissue will absorb all the moisture from your breath and prevent the glasses’ lenses from fogging.

Keep in mind, though, that, it is tricky to place the tissue. You must get it right the first time since you can’t constantly touch your face and adjust the placement of the tissue. We recommend you use a thin strip of tape, particularly medical tape, to keep the tissue in place.


TIP #3 – Anti-fog Spray

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Competitive swimmers use a chemical spray to prevent their goggles from misting up. These sprays avoid the collection of moisture, making it easier for you to continue working without any fog or trouble.

Just like soap and water, anti-fog sprays form a layer on the glasses and prevent condensation from sticking to the lens. However, an important thing to remember here is that the spray contains chemicals. Therefore, you need to be careful about when and how close you bring the lenses to your eyes. It is not a good idea to defog your glasses at the cost of irritations that can further hamper your vision.


TIP #4 – Get A Mask That Molds To Your Nose

The designing of some masks is such that it has a metal nose clip. This flexible wire allows you to mold the mask around the bridge of your nose. As a result, the amount of moisture coming in or out of the mask is restricted.

If you are trying to sew a mask on your own, flexible objects such as pipe cleaners, paper clips, hair grips, or anything similar can be used to create the nose mold. Make sure you fasten the grip tightly so that it does not pop out to hurt your face.


TIP #5 – Folding the Mask

This may seem like an easy technique but it is not the best way to combat the problem. You can fold the top portion of the face mask to create additional space for your breath to move out without reaching your glasses.

However, remember that folding the mask reduces the area covered leaving you more susceptible to the virus. Also, you cannot fold a mask that contains metal noses.

Image Optical recommends that you take all precautionary measures recommended by healthcare practitioners to protect yourself from the virus. Remember to not touch your face and eyes unnecessarily. And make sure you take an appointment for eye examinations to keep your eyes safe and healthy in the long run.

We are here to serve you. We are open for urgent eye care issues, repairs, adjustments, glasses and contact lens orders. You can reach us at 905.494.1880, Email: info@imageoptical.ca or book your free consultation on our website here: https://www.imageoptical.ca.

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