How to stop glasses from fogging up when wearing a face mask

It can be a rather frustrating issue!
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  • The developing coronavirus epidemic means the new government guidelines for lockdown have changed and it is now mandatory to wear a face mask in public. And this is now even more important, following the news that there are new lockdown areas in Northern England.

    But the ‘new normal’ comes with its own trials and tribulations, especially for glasses wearers. As we’re getting used to wearing face masks in supermarkets and shops, complaints from people who wear glasses and are finding them steaming up when their mask have started to pile in.

    As one Twitter user put it, ‘Glasses + face mask = WORST COMBO EVER’.

    Another described what they can see when they wear their glasses and a face mask. The answer? Not much at all.

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    Even Micheal Gove himself was pictured on Good Morning Britain with foggy glasses he could barely see out of. So how can we stop glasses steaming up while wearing a face mask?

    Why do glasses steam up when wearing a face mask?

    If you wear glasses, you might be finding that they fog up when you wear a face mask. This is because warm breath escapes from the top of your mask as you breathe out, directly onto the cool lens of your glasses.

    But don’t worry, as we say, it’s a common problem that anyone wearing either sun glasses or normal glasses will be experiencing over the coming months if they haven’t already.

    There are some things you can do to ensure that your glasses stay fog-free whenever you’re out and about…

    How to stop glasses from fogging up when wearing a face mask

    There are a few simple thing you can do you can do to stop glasses steaming up when wearing a face mask.

    1. Wear your glasses over your mask on the bridge of your nose, to prevent them fogging up.
    2. Wash glasses with soap and water, then leave to dry, to reduce fogginess.
    3. Pop a small square of tissue paper on the bridge of your nose to soak up excess moisture.

    We asked an expert to explain what the best methods are to the glasses from steaming up when wearing a face mask. Babylon Health‘s general practitioner, Dr. Claudia Pastides explained, “To avoid your glasses fogging up every time you breathe out, make sure the upper part of your mask comes up as high as possible, under your eyes, and rest your glasses on top.

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    “Research carried out to find a solution for spectacle-wearing surgeons found that dipping your glasses in soapy water and leaving them to dry with a soapy film on the lenses reduces the fogginess.”

    You can also opt for a face mask that comes with a strong sewn-in wire over the nose bridge to securely fix your face mask to your face. For this option, we love the Vistaprint face masks (£17, available in adult and children’s sizes) as they might be pricier than the standard, but they offer tight support so the air doesn’t escape and fog up your glasses.

    Dr Hilary shared this tip on Good Morning Britain recently, much to host Lorraine’s approval.

    Dr Hilary agrees with Dr. Claudia Pastides that if you dip your glasses in the solution of soapy water and let them dry naturally, it acts as a ‘sort of anti-fog screen’.

    So now you know how to stop glasses from fogging up when wearing a face mask.