How To Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing A Mask

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The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the lives of people across the globe. For the past number of weeks, people in countries around the world have been instructed to stay home unless it’s absolutely essential that they go out. Most people choose to wear a mask and/or gloves while getting groceries in order to prevent the spread of germs and lessen their chances of contracting the virus. However, if you’ve been attempting to wear a mask during all of this and also happen to be someone who wears glasses, you’re likely experiencing some challenges.

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When wearing a mask, your breath can point upwards causing your glasses to immediately fog up. Thankfully, there are a few tips and tricks that can prevent this from happening. Dr. Richard Martinello, professor of infectious diseases at Yale School of Medicine, explains to Today that if you’re wearing an adjustable cloth mask, you can try tightening it. This should prevent the air from escaping at the top of your mask, thus fogging up your glasses.

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You can also adjust the height of your mask “so your exhale breath exhaust is a little bit lower,” Dr. Martinello continues. However, you want to avoid pulling your mask too low, as it should be covering all of your mouth and the majority of your nose. If you’re wearing a cloth mask and experiencing the fog problems, the fabric could be too thick. Try changing to a thinner fabric to see if this makes a difference.

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Avid scuba divers all know this trick: Try washing your glasses with soap and water. When you let them air dry, a protective film will have formed on the lenses, which will prevent fog.

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Remember, if you do choose to wear a mask, you should still avoid touching your face, and only put on and take off your mask after thoroughly washing your hands. If you wear glasses, hopefully practicing these simple tips will prevent your glasses from fogging up so you can continue to wear your mask more comfortably. Stay well, everyone!