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How to stop getting foggy glasses with a face mask

Posted on 30 September 2020 by AF Web
Category: Education, Environment, How-to

If you’ve ever worn glasses, one of the more annoying occurrences is foggy lenses. A problem that the wearing of face masks has only exacerbated.

The problem is, face masks are advised and indeed mandatory in some areas in order to keep us safe from transmitting coronavirus. Unclear vision, however, is still a real problem.

Perhaps you work in a warehouse and your safety goggles keep fogging up, or maybe it’s just as simple as just trying to read a book on public transport? Suddenly, a mist descends, clouding your vision, and stopping you right in your tracks.

Why do you get foggy glasses with a face mask?

When we exhale, we breathe out warm air. But if you’re wearing a face mask, the air has nowhere to go, so it will inevitably seek the nearest exit point from the mask. Often this is up and out the top of your mask, and into your glasses.

Foggy Glasses

As you’ll no doubt have noticed when you’re demisting your car in the morning, droplets form when warm air meets a cooler surface.

This leads to a mist forming, limiting visibility. This is why warming up your car windscreen removes that mist.

The same happens with your glasses. Warm air meets the cooler surface of your glasses, causing them to fog up.

So, how can you prevent getting foggy glasses with a face mask?

How do I prevent getting foggy glasses with a face mask?

It’s not possible to avoid getting foggy glasses entirely, but here are some really useful steps you can take to slow the effects.

Breathe downwards

This is a really simple hack!

Breathing downwards will ensure that most of the warm air you exhale will escape through the bottom of your mask, rather than out the top. This will go a long way to slowing the fogging up of your glasses!

Tighten your mask

Another option is to ensure your face mask is properly fitted.

If your face mask is loose, more warm air can escape therefore you’re far more likely to get foggy glasses.

Plus, your face mask will be far less effective if isn’t fitted properly, meaning it’s less safe for you – and those around you.

Wash lenses with soapy water

Prior to putting your mask on, just give your glasses a quick rinse with soapy water. Doing so is perfectly safe and will leave a transparent film across the lens, ensuring you can see whilst slowing down the ‘fogging’ process.

Just make sure you wipe the residual water with a lint-free microfiber cloth – and don’t use hot water!

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