With the post-Covid era finally kicking in, face masks have now become ritual. If you would have asked somebody to wear masks throughout a day a year ago, nobody would have believed you. However, one of the major drawbacks of wearing glasses with a facial covering.
Due to the mask that you wear or any facial covering that you have, glasses turn foggy and it is more than just a matter of inconvenience. Foggy glasses can lead to serious circumstances, such as accidents or slips, which are extremely dangerous.
But let’s understand first, what happens when you are covering your face with a mask or any other covering while you are still wearing glasses.
Why do glasses fog up?
It is just a simple process of condensation. In this, the warm and moist air that is exhaled from your mouth passes through the gaps from your mask and reaches the cold surface of your glasses. Therefore, you see a foggy layer of moisture.
What happens in the case of wearing glasses with a face mask is, there is enough space for the air to pass through. So, the larger the gap between your mask and the nose, the more moisture build-up will be observed and the foggier it will turn.
This is one of the most common happenings while you are walking on a street on a cold wintry night. The moisture quickly builds up behind your glasses and a lot of moisture is left there.
How to see clearly while wearing glasses with a facial covering?
Here are some easy and quick ways on how to see clearly while wearing glasses with a facial covering:
- Choose the right fit:
Unfit or loose masks often create more gaps between them and the nose bridge, which leads to more moisture build-up and foggy eyeglasses. This generally happens in one-size-fits-all masks, which are convenient yet, they do not fit that well and lets the warm air that you exhaled pass through your mouth.
Therefore, always choose those masks which are more tailored and fit you perfectly well, reducing the gaps to almost zero. You can also choose those masks or facial coverings which have a nose bridge or adjustable elastics.
- Wash your glasses with soap, baby shampoo, and shaving cream:
According to a study published in a review, it was revealed that if you wash eyeglasses with warm water and soap, you could prevent fogging of the glasses even if you are wearing masks or any other facial covering.
Apart from soaps, you can also use baby shampoos and other shaving creams. To wash your glasses perfectly, follow these steps:
- Try to rinse your glasses with only one type of soap and warm water.
- Allow them to dry naturally.
- After they are almost dried out, you can wipe the dirt or any other spots with a cloth.
However, if your glasses have any ultraviolet or special films, it would be best to ask the optician because some shampoos or creams can damage the lenses.
- Seal the deal:
This is the easiest and smartest way to prevent fogging while you are wearing glasses with a mask. You can just pull your mask a little higher and lower down the glasses, to seal the two things together.
When you have sealed them up, you are blocking the passage of air to pass through. Therefore, no passage, no fogging.
- Tape the top of your mask:
If pulling your mask a little higher to bridge the gap between it and the nose, doesn’t work, then taping it might. To secure the covering to your nose and cheeks, you can use medical tape, sports tape, or a bandage.
- Wear a mask with a nose bridge:
Many masks have ready-made nose bridges fixed in them. They are also available in all the chemist shops. However, if your face mask does not have a built-in bridge nose, you can add one to it by yourself just by sewing.
To sew a nose-bridge to a mask, you will need glue, tape, pipe cleaners, aluminum foil, paper clips, and twist ties. There are a plethora of DIY videos on YouTube explaining how to use these materials and add a nose-bridge to your mask. It is as easy as it can be.
- Use a tissue to block the gap:
If you are running late for a meeting and these glasses just fog up every once in a while, then this might be the right anti-fog solution for you. Just taking a tissue, paper towel or your handkerchief might also do the trick.
Next, fold the tissue or the paper towel in such a way that it is long enough to be fit between your mask and nose bridge. Once that is done, gently place the folded tissue or cloth under the edge of the mask, and voila, no more fogging for you and your glasses.
- Wrap your face with extra facial coverings:
After covering your face with a face mask, you can add an extra or secondary facial covering to reduce the gaps between your face mask and the nose bridge. To do so, you can use nylon tights or any other facial covering.
Nylon tights, however, do not provide any protection whatsoever against any bacteria and germs.
- Dish soaps:
As mentioned earlier, some cleansers such as hand soaps, shaving creams, and shampoos, dish shops can also be great cleansers that can help you prevent fog build-up.
To successfully use dish soap, first rinse the glasses with warm water and then use the dish soap. Next, wash the glasses completely and allow them to dry naturally. Then, you can wipe away any dirt spots or waste particles with a clean cloth.
- Apply sprays and wipe products:
Using certain sprays and wipes on the eyeglasses has significantly benefited the people who have glasses. These wipes and sprays help in creating a film or layer which is resistant for the fog to develop.
Therefore, for wearing glasses with a facial covering, you need to follow any of the above-mentioned techniques which could help you prevent fogging. However, you should avoid using your spit, toothpaste, or vinegar for this as it could have some unwanted and adverse effects.