If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that masks are an inevitable part of our lives (and on our faces) for the foreseeable future. Stuffy, hard to breathe through, and if you wear glasses, constantly fogging up your vision. It can be a pain having to constantly slip them off, wipe them clean, though we do have a miracle anti fog cloth to help you out. While you place your order right now for the Anti-Fog Lens Spray here are some tips and tricks for keeping your glasses fog free as you mask away!
So Why Do Glasses Fog Up When You’re Wearing A Face Mask?
A bit of science here. When you’re wearing medical or cloth mask, airflow is somewhat limited and your breath mostly escapes from the top of your mask. Now when you exhale, your warm breath comes into contact with your cooler lenses that steam up and cloud your vision. This steam causes another problem; it creates excess moisture around your glasses, reducing the grip of your nose pads, making it easier for them to slip down your face.
Top Tips To Stop Your Glasses From Fogging Up
These are all tried and tested hacks but we recommend that you try them yourself before leaving home to ensure your mask is secure and you don’t end up having to fiddle with it or touch your face once you’re out in public.
1. Make Sure Your Mask Fits Snugly
While it doesn’t have to squeeze your nose down or feel uncomfortably tight, it does need to fit snugly. Not only does this keep you safe from some wily, virus aerosol borne particles but it also stops too much breath from escaping and fogging up your lenses. So, how do you check that the mask fits right? It should fit snugly against your nose and cheeks without gaps and spaces for air to escape (or enter). If your mask is not on tight enough when you first put it on, try tightening the straps that go behind your head for a secure fit or opt for a smaller size.
2. Secure The Mask Around Your Nose
This is another sure shot way to limit the amount of breath that escapes upwards towards your glasses. Move your mask further up your nose and rest your glasses on top of it to seal it in place. If this feels uncomfortable, or your mask cannot be pulled up so high, use surgical tape to secure the mask to the bridge of your nose. This will form a seal to prevent breath from escaping upwards and fogging up your glasses.
3. Tighten The Ear Loops If Your Mask Feels Loose
If your mask doesn’t fit snugly, you can try adjusting it yourself. If the ear loops are loose, try twisting them into a ‘X’ shape and then putting them around your ears. If the loops aren’t slack enough to twist into an X shape, you may want to double back the ends attached to the mask and hem them in so the loops get tighter. Just don’t tighten the loops so much that you end up with itching and rashes behind your ears.
4. Prevent Your Glasses From Slipping Down Your Nose
Glasses slipping down your nose are not just irritating but also means you will end up touching your face all the time, a big no-no in the times of Covid. Try wrapping the loop or the bands of the mask around the sides of your glasses rather than your ear. This will keep your glasses and mask secure. However, while taking off your glasses remember that your mask is attached to them. If your glasses are particularly loose, you need to take them back to your opticians to get them adjusted.
5. Breathe Downwards Into Your Mask
Instead of fiddling with your mask to prevent it from fogging your glasses, you might try breathing downwards into your mask, pushing the air downwards instead of straight ahead. It might take some getting used to breathing this way, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a pretty sure shot way of preventing your glasses from fogging up.
6. Clean Your Lenses
If your glasses have been fogging up for a while, microscopic debris may be still stuck on your lenses making vision unclear. It’s a good idea to use a specially created lens cleaner like the Anti-Fog Lens Spray to give your lenses a thorough cleaning. This revolutionary cloth is made of regular microfiber cleaning cloth material that’s been embedded with a unique anti-fogging substance. You can use it over 200 times, it keeps your lenses fog-free for six hours and works marvellously on all kinds of lenses including resin and coated lenses, swimming goggles, organic and inorganic glass, optical glass, bathroom mirrors, camera screens, car windshields, binoculars and helmets. In fact, this anti-fog cloth is ideal for all lenses fitted with basic or premium anti-reflective multi-layered coatings. No wait-time for the anti-fog formula to start working. Just swipe and go!
7. Adjust Your Glasses Correctly
Try pushing your glasses down on the bridge of your nose to create more space between your lenses and your eyes. This will allow more air to circulate between your face and the lenses, allowing it to dissipate faster, and keeping your breath from fogging up your vision.
8. Switch To Contact Lenses
Finally, if all else fails, you might want to consider making the switch to contact lenses, at least till the Pandemic is over. You won’t have to deal with foggy lenses, especially if you’ve tried and failed to keep your glasses from getting steamed up. Check out one of our top sellers, Aqualens 10 H Monthly Disposable that makes wearing contact lenses not just a breeze, but one of the healthiest options for your eyes. These allow four times more oxygen into your eyes for all-day comfort. With 58% water content, they also offer continuous wettability for 10 hours, UV protection and freedom from redness, irritation or dryness.