How to keep your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask
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Pretty much everywhere it’s advised or required that you wear a mask/face covering when going out in public (including on most U.S. airlines starting this week). I know it’s a little uncomfortable and awkward at first, but you get used to it. It’s just the new normal. It’s like when I first started wearing a grind guard for my teeth at night. It took me days to get used to it but now it’s weird for me to sleep without it.

My one big beef with wearing a mask is that it fogs up my sunglasses, making it difficult to see during the day. (Fortunately, I don’t wear eye glasses except when reading so that hasn’t been an issue like it has been for others.) But there’s good news! Two British emergency room doctors—Dr. Sheraz Shafi Malik and Dr. Shahbaz Shafi Malik—have shared a way to keep your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask. As told by the medical journal Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England:

“Immediately before wearing a face mask, wash the spectacles [glasses] with soapy water and shake off the excess. Then, let the spectacles air dry or gently dry off the lenses with a soft tissue before putting them back on. Now the spectacle lenses should not mist up when the face mask is worn.”

If this trick can keep glasses from fogging up in the emergency room, it can certainly work walking around town or in a grocery store.

H/t to CNN Health.

Have your glasses been fogging up while wearing a face mask?

Give this a try and let me know how it works for you in the comments below!


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5 Comments On "How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging up While Wearing a Face Mask"
  1. Tony|

    Yes. That should definitely work. The other option used by scuba divers the world over is to put a small amount of saliva on inside lens of glasses, rub around for a moment and then lightly rinse off in clear (or ocean water.) Shake off rinse water. They will dry in a moment. All scuba divers are taught this – you don’t want to be in 30-60’ of water and not able to see out your mask.

    1. Johnny Jet|

      Good tip! Of done this snorkeling too

  2. Carolyn|

    Another trick scuba divers use is to squirt baby shampoo on the inner lens of your dive mask, rub on and lightly rinse off with clear or ocean water. Then shake dry. Most dive boats offer this to
    their divers. Works great!

  3. Anonymous|

    Regular ole shaving cream works great too just rinse well

  4. Mike Sternfeld|

    I use a product called FogAway. You spray it on your glasses after cleaning them and wipe off with a microfiber cloth. It works very well and lasts several hours. It is available at Amazon.

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