Foggy glasses? There is help for that.

How can I keep my glasses from fogging up while I wear a mask?

If you have searched the internet lately for an answer to that question, you have likely come across some of these answers:

  • Shaving cream
  • Tape
  • Kleenex
  • Anti-fog spray
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap and water
  • Nose strips
  • A well fitted mask

The fogging up of our glasses is frustrating, to put it mildly.  So, why do our glasses fog up while we wear a mask?  The short answer is that when warm air hits a cool surface, your glasses, condensation can form.  It happens all the time when we go from inside a cool, air-conditioned building to the outdoors when the temperature heats up or when you go from being outdoors in a cooler temperature to indoors where the heat is on.  This is exactly what is happening when you put your glasses on with your mask.

What is a spectacled, mask-wearing person to do then?  There are a couple of tips, which do not involve toothpaste or shaving cream to give a try.  Having scoured the internet to try to get an answer to that question, these are the most common suggestions.   

  • Make sure that you have a really well fitting mask. A well-fitting mask will fit over the top of the nose and then take the shape of the bridge of your nose and under your eyes.  Masks that have a thin strip of flexible metal that go over the bridge of the nose and can be molded to your face are ultimately the best at keeping your glasses fog free.  This is because it creates a barrier between your warm breath and the cool lens.  
  • Soap and water apparently works for more than just good hand hygiene.  The way this works is that, you wash your glasses with soapy, warm water and you can let them air dry or dry them with a super soft cloth.  If you have special lenses, or lenses that have a special coating, you may want to check with your optician before you try this so that no damage is done to the lenses.  The soap will leave a film on the lenses that helps to keep them from fogging up.
  • Wear your glasses over the top of the mask.  When you put your glasses on, try to inch the mask up a bit closer to your eyes so that your glasses can then seal them to your face to help keep your warm breath from hitting the lens. 
  • Insert a filter.  If you have coffee filters laying about, because maybe you make coffee, try inserting one of these into your mask, or in between your mask and your face.  The idea behind this tip is that the filter will help to absorb the moisture created by your warm breath. 
  • Use tape. You can tape your mask to your face using sports or medical tape, but please be sure that the tape is good for your skin.  Do not use duct tape.  Tape that is not specifically designed to use on your skin will be painful to remove and if it happens to get stuck on your glasses, could leave a sticky residue.  Once you have taped your mask to your face, it may require you to reapply more tape again if you want to take off your mask to eat and drink.    
  • Seek out a product. There are wipes and sprays available that claim that they will help, or stop, the glasses fogging issue.  Do your homework before you make those purchases.  If you have a special lens, be sure you won’t do any damage to the lens by using one of those products.  Read the reviews for those products as well.  They might give you some valuable clues as to whether you out want to be buying a product like that or not. 

Take a peek at some of these titles to further your knowledge of your eyes and eye wear and maybe get some fashion tips.

Written by a practicing ophthalmologist, this book explains the eye and how it develops and functions--or can malfunction, especially as we age--and what our options are to maximize or retain eye health. Dr. Kitchen also explains the many treatments and surgical options available, as well as myths and false beliefs or promises that are common in relation to eye health and treatments today.

Fact or Fiction Healthy Vision book by Clyde K. Kitchen, M. D.

Designed for everyone who wants to take an active part in their eye care, Smart Medicine for Your Eyes is an A-to-Z guide to eye disorders and their conventional and alternative treatments. Part One provides an overview of eye function and introduces treatment methods, Part Two is a comprehensive directory to eye disorders and their therapy options, and Part Three guides you in using the recommended procedures. Here is a reliable source of information that you will turn to time and again.  Smart Medicine for your Eyes; A Guide to Natural, Effective, and Safe Relief of Common Eye Disorders by Jeffrey Anshel.

The twentieth century marked a turning point in eye wear design, fueled by a rapidly changing social and cultural landscape, new manufacturing techniques, the development of innovative materials, and the entertainment industry. Spectacles, which had previously been classed as purely functional, were transformed into an ultra-chic fashion accessory.This engaging book is based on Simon Murray's amazing collection, built up over decades of avid collecting. An introduction explores the history of glasses and reveals how pre-modern features and materials remain a rich source of inspiration in contemporary design, from Andre Courrèges's "Lunettes Eskimo," a twentieth-century take on Inuit goggles, to Gucci's "Leather Aviators." Examples of pre-twentieth-century glasses and contextual shots of film and style icons sporting spectacles illustrate not only the finest inventions and innovations of the past but also their evolution into the diverse,eclectic range of styles available today.  Fashion Spectacles, Spectacular Fashion by Simon Murray

Discusses the history and development of eyeglasses; includes a brief explanation of how the eye works and the vision problems that glasses can correct.  Eyeglasses by Margaret J. Goldstein.

The eye is an organ that reacts to light and allows vision; the cells in the retina that allows mindful light belief are, which also enables eyesight, including color differentiation and the understanding of depth. The eye can differentiate between about 10 million colors and has the capacity to detect an individual photon. This book is aimed at providing natural solution to eye problems. Eye care: The Natural Vision Healing Solution to Eye Problems Faced by Teens & Adults by Dr. Dale Pheragh

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