To stop the spread of Coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) is encouraging people to take hygienic measures, one of which is to wear masks when going out in public. But spectacle wearers worldwide complain that masks cause their spectacles to fog up, and consequently, they cannot see through the fogged-up lenses.
Fog occurs when air escapes from under your mask and condenses on the cooler surface of your glasses. It forms small droplets that lead to fog.
How to stop your glasses from fogging up when you wear a mask
Your optometrist can readily fix most issues that come up when wearing glasses. For example, polarised lenses help minimise sun glare in your eyes while driving, and expert adjustments can prevent your glasses from slipping down the bridge of your nose.
However, wearing a face mask and having your vision lenses fogged up is a new issue for many people who wear eyeglasses.
Increasing the tightness of your face mask’s fit usually solves the problem. For example, adding twist ties at the top of handmade masks will allow them to be moulded more easily over the nose.
Alternatively, make sure the elastic band is as tight as possible. You should, however, never adjust the mask so that its main purpose is defeated. Masks that are too tight-fitting may cause problems of their own, such as discomfort around the face and the need to constantly adjust the mask.
Anti-fog lens cleaning cloths and anti-fog solutions
You can also opt for anti-fog solutions or high-tech anti-fog micro-fibre cleaning cloths. A unique solution in the Anti-Fog cloths minimizes lens condensation retention immediately after application to your lenses. As a result, any condensation that forms on the lenses due to your breath immediately evaporates.
The nicest thing about anti-fog solutions is that they eliminate the need for extra lens spray or cleaning agents.
Additionally, these anti-fog lens cleaning cloths are gentle on your lenses, resulting in clear vision with no streaks or scratches. You may clean your eyeglasses up to 200 times with one cloth. The Anti-Fog solution will evaporate off the cloth if not stored in the zip-lock bag provided after use. Also, do not wash the towel because doing so will remove the solution.
An anti-fog solution is a spray that cleans your spectacles like a normal cleaning spray, but it also provides a hydrophobic coating to the lenses to keep them from fogging up. A microfibre cleaning cloth is also required for wiping the lens after using the lens cleaning solution.
When using a cleaning cloth, remember to rub your lenses horizontally from left to right rather than in a circular motion to shine them. This keeps dirt from building up in the centre of your lenses.
How to make your own anti-fog spray
To begin, combine vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and distilled water in equal proportions in your spray container. Using a utensil, whisk or shake this mixture to combine it. Before applying to a piece of glass or an old pair of lenses, make sure the solution is thoroughly mixed and tested.
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