Mask and facial covering requirements are now a daily consideration for people everywhere across the globe. Glasses are also a must for millions of Americans. However, masks can fog up glasses, sometimes forcing people to stop walking when they enter a building until they can see clearly. Not only is fog an inconvenience, but it can also be a safety hazard for walking on crowded streets and while driving. Take the hassle and risk out of wearing the glasses-and-mask combo with these easy, inexpensive tips.
Why fog happens
The fog that appears on your glasses when you get out of the car or enter a building is because of your warm, moist breath escaping the mask. Heat rises, so the first place it wants to touch is directly above your mouth and onto your glasses.
Find the right fit
If your breath can escape your mask, then it is not the right fit in the first place. Finding the right fit is paramount to stopping fog and the spread of any potential illness. Here’s how to find the right fit.
Look for masks with adjustable elements, such as elastic strings that can tighten and loosen and nose bridges that you can conform to your unique nose shape. One-size-fits-all might sound easy, but they are often a result of a rush to mass-produce masks quickly, disregarding mask safety standards.
The filtering efficiency of a KN95 mask is greater than or equal to about ninety-five percent. These are disposable, medical-grade masks that can not only keep you and those around you safe, but their seal is almost always the right fit for the average adult. They are available in child sizes, too.
If you’re a creative and crafty type of person, then here’s your chance to measure and sew the perfect-fitting mask for you. Here is a blog on how to create a cloth-tailored-fitted mask. Be sure to wash your cloth mask often!
Keep your glasses clean
You should already be cleaning your glasses frequently, but the cleaning to prevent fog is a bit different. These are the options for cleaning you might not have considered.
There are now anti-fog sprays and wipes available to conveniently clean your eyeglasses and prevent fog at the same time. Choose one safe for eyeglasses specifically, as there are anti-fog sprays available for other glass surfaces.
Warm water and soap
Research suggests that warm water and soap, mixed in a spray bottle, can be the best DIY defense against glasses fog. The warmth and moisture coat the glasses, making them less likely to attract your warm breath.
Create a seal
Another measure you can take to prevent your glasses from fogging is to create a barrier between your breath and your glasses. If finding a good-fitting mask isn’t enough, consider these solutions.
Using medical tape, not regular office tape, place a small piece overtop where your mask and nose meet. Do a test by taking a few deep breaths before leaving the house to ensure it’s working as it should, and, if it’s not, try readjusting the placement of your tape.
On-the-fly: tissue or paper towel
Sometimes you can find yourself in an on-the-go situation where you didn’t anticipate needing to go out in public. Consider carrying tissues or paper towels in your bag, backpack, or car. Place a tissue or folded paper towel inside the mask. Paper products create a barrier that will soak in the heat and moisture of your breath, although should only be used as a temporary solution.
Remember to follow the mask-wearing guidelines for your locality. Stay safe and healthy!