How to wear glasses with a face mask

Hot air escaping from the top of a face mask can cause your spectacles or sunglasses to steam up, making it difficult to see clearly.

So to help you fight back against your breath, we’ve compiled a list of 8 top tips to help Britain’s 30 Million+ spectacle wearers beat the fog!

  1. Keep your lenses clean – Cleaning your lenses with your regular spectacle lens cleaning solution creates a thin film on the surface of the lens that can disperse fine water molecules in your breath and help prevent the lens from misting up. If you don’t have any lens cleaner to hand, try washing your lenses in warm soapy water. Carefully wash your spectacles or sunglasses in soapy water – washing-up liquid works well – shake off any excess water and leave to air dry (or gently dry with a soft cloth).
  2. Use the right drying tools – Never use a paper towel or your sleeve to dry your lenses and avoid abrasive cleaners.
  3. Apply anti-fog lens coatings or spray- Your dispensing optician can advise on an anti-fog lens coating or off-the-shelf spray, waxes, or gels.
  4. Seal it up – Use double-sided sticky tape to ensure your mask fits snugly across the bridge of your nose and cheekbones. This is not recommended for extended wear.
  5. Find a good fit – A well-fitted mask will dramatically reduce the amount of air escaping. Masks with a mouldable frame can help you achieve a good fit.
  6. Double strap tying technique – A trick used by hospital surgeons is to tie the top straps of a surgical mask firmly below the ears before tying the bottom straps above the ears around the crown of the head to form a snug fit and vent air from the side.
  7. Breath in a downward direction – As a temporary fix, you can try breathing downwards so the air you breathe out flows away from your glasses. Try holding your upper lip over your lower lip, then blowing air downward, as if you’re playing a flute.
  8. Remember – Always fit your mask to your face, not to the frames of your glasses.


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