How to Keep Your Glasses from Fogging Up When You Wear a Mask

For most of us, wearing a mask is an easy task, but that does not mean there are not inconveniences related to wearing one. For those who wear glasses, there is a big adjustment for dealing with foggy lenses.

When the warmth of our breath hits the surface of the glasses, it causes fog.

However, it is not safe to handle our glasses before washing our hands to remove the fog so we can see. Since being able to see where you are going is essential when walking around, there needs to be solutions to this foggy problem.

Nose Bridge in the Mask

Preventing foggy lenses when wearing a mask
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Masks that fit loosely over the nose tends to allow your warm breath to escape from the top where it reaches the lenses of your glasses.

Masks that have a nose bridge sewn into the top part of the mask do better to solve this problem.

The nose bridge is flexible and molds to the shape of your nose. The nose bridge helps your mask fight tighter, which makes your mask more effective overall, and it prevents your breath from reaching your glasses.

face mask with nose bridge

Soapy Film

Some eyeglasses have a protective film that prevents fogging. Obviously, not every pair of classes have this feature, but there is a do-it-yourself option.

Wash your glasses in soapy water, but do not rinse them. The idea is to create a soapy film you allow to dry in place. This film helps prevent foggy lenses.

Anti-Fog Solution

If you prefer not to use soapy water, you can find plenty of options on the market for a spray and wipe solution that prevents foggy lenses.

Location, Location, Location

You might try positioning your glasses further down your nose than usual. If you place your glasses in such a manner over your mask that escaping air does not get trapped under your lenses, you can avoid foggy lenses.

Wearing a mask may have minor inconveniences, but these are easy problems to solve.