Mask + Glasses? Not so easy

You wear your glasses for fashion. Or, you wear your glasses because you can’t see without them. Regardless of the reason, you’ve probably managed to find a way to wear your glasses comfortably.

Then, masks happened.

Now you have to put two items on your face and make them work together as you run errands or go shopping. Argh! It’s been a challenge for some of us. And the worst part? The aggravation that builds as you constantly wipe off your glasses throughout the day. This can’t be real life!?! We’re already dealing with the pressures of a pandemic. We don’t need foggy glasses on top of everything else, right?

If you either have perfect vision or wear contacts, more power to you. For the rest of us, here are a few methods to help you maintain a clear view while wearing glasses and a face mask:

Ways to fight the fog

There are a couple of things that you can do to keep your lenses clear while you’re shopping, working or just living life behind a mask.

  • Make sure you have a proper fitting mask. If you don’t, you’re going to get that steam room effect all day long. You want to make sure your mask fits securely over the nose. With glasses, a mask with a nose bridge will keep warm air from exiting up to your glasses as opposed to other face coverings.
  • The next trick was introduced by healthcare professionals on the front lines of this innovation long before the coronavirus pandemic as they wear face masks every day. All you need for this foggy glasses hack is soapy water and a soft cloth. With this technique, you simply wash your lenses with soapy water and shake off the excess liquid. You can allow your lenses to air dry or gently wipe them off with a soft cloth before wearing your glasses again. Why does this method work? The soap leaves behind a thin film that acts as a fog barrier.
  • Some masks come with a metal nose clip that allows the wearer to limit the amount of moisture that comes in or out of the mask. If you’re sewing homemade masks, you can use flexible objects like bobby pins, paper clips or pipe cleaners to create a fitted “nose.” It’s worth mentioning that they should be fastened tightly to ensure they don’t come out and scratch your face.
  • Another idea is to fold a tissue into a rectangle and connecting it to the mask so it stays on the bridge of your nose. The tissue blocks and absorbs some of the moisture escaping the mask to keep lenses clear. Keeping the tissue in place can be tricky, and it’s vital to get it right.