How to Prevent Foggy Glasses When Wearing a Mask


Foggy glasses in WilmingtonOne of the most critical steps we can take to slow the transmission of COVID-19 is to wear cloth masks in public settings. If you have the virus but do not know it, wearing a mask can help prevent you from infecting others.

However, the combination of wearing a mask and glasses can result in constantly fogged glasses. With everything that demands your attention right now, constantly wiping down foggy glasses should not be one of them.

Read on as the team at Intracoastal Eye shares tips to prevent fogged-up glasses when wearing a mask.

Ensure Your Mask Fits Snugly

Glasses get fogged up when your warm breath escapes from the top of your mask and hits the cool lenses of your glasses, creating condensation or fog.

One of the simplest ways to prevent foggy glasses is to ensure that your mask fits snugly and securely around your nose, so warm air cannot escape from the top of the mask.

If possible, buy masks that can be shaped to fit your face or masks that feature a nose bridge. Another option is to sew a pipe cleaner into the top of your mask to help bend and mold the mask over your nose. In a pinch, you can also tape your mask down over your nose with sports or medical tape. Or, you can try pulling your mask up higher on the bridge of your nose. Placing your glasses on top of the mask can help make the fit more secure. Make sure to also adjust the mask’s straps or ear loops to improve its fit over your face.

Wash Your Glasses With Soap and Water

Another simple fix for foggy glasses is to wash the lenses with soapy water, gently shake off excess water and either let the glasses air dry or wipe them with a soft cloth. The soap leaves behind a very thin film that prevents fog.

Look for Anti-Fog Wipes or Sprays

If all else fails, you can always look for an anti-fog wipe or spray to prevent fogged-up glasses. But keep in mind that these products can be costly, and certain ingredients can damage protective coatings on the lenses. Be sure to read the fine print and product reviews. Our opticians at Intracoastal Eye would be happy to help you navigate your options.

The team at Intracoastal Eye is here to answer questions about eye health in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions about keeping your eyes safe and healthy, please call or email us today.