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How to Stop Your Glasses Fogging Up When Wearing a Mask

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Date published
22/01/2021
Date last updated
18/12/2020
Length of read
6 Minutes

We’re living in very strange times - if you told us back in 2019 that we’d have to wear face masks in public places and keep our distance from loved ones, we would have never believed you! But while the world has changed and regulations remain in place, some people have a harder time adjusting than others. That’s right - we’re talking about the glasses wearers who can’t stop fogging up when wearing a mask!

Wearing a mask without your glasses fogging up has become quite the challenge, but don’t worry. This guide will uncover some helpful tips that’ll put the days of fog behind you.

Why Do Your Glasses Fog Up When Wearing A Mask?

Have you ever noticed that your glasses steam up when in an incredibly hot or cold room? A similar reaction occurs when you wear a mask. As you breathe when wearing a mask, the warm air travels upwards towards your glasses. Your glasses are naturally cooler than your warm breath, causing the lenses to steam up. If this problem persists, the steam creates moisture, resulting in the glasses slipping down your face.

How To Stop Your Glasses Fogging Up When Wearing A Mask

Luckily, there are some things that you can do to prevent your glasses from steaming up. While these tips may feel unnatural at first, they will soon become a part of your everyday routine. And, before you know it, the following tricks will feel just as natural as wearing a mask does now.

1. Tighten Your Mask’s Ear Loops

As mentioned previously, the main reason as to why your glasses steam up is because your warm breath escapes from the top of the mask. To prevent this from happening, you need to create a seal. One of the easiest ways to do this is by tightening your mask.

If you find that your mask doesn’t fit snugly on your face and seems to have a lot of gaps, twist the ear loops into an ‘X’ shape before hooking them around your ears. This will help to pull the mask closer to your face, closing off the gap that causes all of the problems. Just remember to be gentle with this process - having a mask sit too tightly may irritate your ears and lead to red marks.

2. Ensure The Mask Fits Snugly On Your Nose

Similarly to the previous point, you also need to ensure the mask fits snugly on your nose. If the mask is loose around your nose, it’ll be near impossible to close the gap where warm air escapes.

Securing your mask around your nose is very easy if you wear a surgical face mask. Surgical face masks have a wire around the nose area so that you can mould the mask to the shape of your face. Press firmly on the wire until it closes the gap. Some people find that using a small bit of surgical tape helps to keep the mask in place if there is no wire.

3. Clean Your Glasses

This is a nice and easy tip. Sometimes, as simple as it may sound, glasses appear cloudy when they haven’t been cleaned. The accumulation of grime results in a hazy lens, and if it’s been like this for quite some time, you might not even notice how dirty the lens has got!

To prevent extra cloudiness from a dirty lens, clean your glasses regularly with glasses cleaner. A simple wipe on each lens will get rid of any build-up, leaving you with crisp vision. We highly recommend getting into a good lens cleaning routine, especially now that we have to pay extra caution to sanitisation.

4. Get New Frames

As you have probably realised by now, the main way to prevent your glasses from fogging up is by keeping them firm on your face. If you’ve tried the above tips and still find yourself living in a haze, consider heading to the opticians.

Glasses that fall down frequently are usually a result of sizing problems. It might be that you need a better fitting frame or a new pair of glasses altogether. While we can’t determine what the answer will be, your opticians will be able to take measurements and find out in an instant. A well-fitting frame will sit proudly on your face without any slippage.

5. Focus On Your Breathing

So - we now know that glasses fog up as a result of your warm breath escaping out the top of your mask. To lower the chances of this happening, try to focus on your breathing as much as possible. Although easier said than done, breathing steadily and pushing the air downwards will minimise the amount that escapes out the top. Over time, you’ll be able to master a technique that doesn’t require much thought at all!

Wave Goodbye To The Fog

The next time you wear a face mask with glasses, try out these simple tips to prevent any fog. Remember: your mask needs to sit snugly on your face, without a gap at the top. The less air that can escape, the less likely it’ll be that your glasses fog up!

If the fogging problems persist, even if you’ve tried and tested all of these tips, consider wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses will eliminate all of the hassle and frustration, without meaning you have to sacrifice your clear vision.