During this pandemic some of use are faced with trying to keep glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask. Even if you don’t normally wear prescription glasses it’s good to protect your eyes with a pair of non-prescription sunglasses or get a cool pair of frames with non-prescription clear lenses.
Goggles are probably better for protection, but I immediately think of the Gyrocopter pilot out of Road Warrior, so hum, that’s a hard one.
Masks are quickly becoming a fashion accessory, so embrace this inexpensive and very expressive way to add a little fashion during the pandemic.
For those of us who wear prescription glasses the dreaded fogged-up lenses in a real problem. Your warm breath hits the mask and creeps upward out of the mask and hits your glasses, viola you have fogged up glasses.
Three simple things to do to keep your glasses fog-free
I use these tips myself and they work.
First, use a mask with a nose bridge
The looser the mask fits over the nose the easier it is for your breath to escape up to your glasses., I use two different types of face mask, one is a soft milder variety that I bought on Etsy, simple and elegant. My soft pretty mask is great for a quick trip to the buildings laundry room or to do a curbside pick-up or a lonely walk down the block.
My other mask has a flexible metal nose clip that allows you to bend and shape so it fits your nose snuggly. Less breath escaping is less breath escaping which equals less fog.
Second, always wear your glasses over your mask
A simple hack: just pull up your mask so the top sits higher on your nose, and wear your glasses on top of the material. Any escaping breath should miss your glasses.
Third, drum roll please, use soap and water on the lenses
If you don’t have a special coating on your glasses, try gently washing the lenses with gentle soap and water, then let and air dry. The soap leaves behind a film that keeps your glasses from fogging up.
I wash my glasses this way. I wet my fingertips and lather up a little Dove Sensitive Skin Bar Soap on my finger tips and gently wash the lenses. Next a quick rinse with tepid water and then set them on a towel to air dry.
If you try this make sure your prescription glasses don’t have a coating that will get ruined. If you’re unsure give your optometrist a quick call and they can quickly look it up for you.