Is Your Face Mask Fogging Up Your Glasses? We Have Some Tips For You

Mask fogging up glasses is a common complaint.

Following the CDC’s recent recommendations, cities across the country – from Los Angeles to Laredo, Texas – are implementing policies requiring citizens to wear face masks in public in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus – which is likely to be the case for a while.  For most of us, this feels strange and a bit uncomfortable.  However, for the millions of Americans who rely on prescription glasses, wearing a mask poses another challenge: their mask fogging up glasses.  Wearing a mask traps warm air from your breathing against your face.  When warm air hits the relative cool of your lenses, that’s when the condensation – or fogging – effect occurs.

This is problematic for a number of reasons:

We’ve discussed the importance of personal hygiene as it relates to eyewear in this recent post, which is a good place to start. Here are a few tips for helping your glasses not to fog up when you’re wearing a mask in public:

We recommend trying a few of these techniques to see which works best for you and the type of mask you use. Importantly, whatever technique works for you, always wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately upon returning home and before you take your mask off.  Put your mask in the wash and wash your hands again once you are finished touching your mask.

Needing glasses to see your way in the world can be a challenge, particularly now.  We encourage you to use and clean your glasses safely, following CDC guidance.  As we navigate in this new world of health and safety, talk with your eye doctor about any issues or concerns you have with your current vision correction. If you are looking into your vision correction options, including laser vision correction treatments such as LASIK, you can search for a surgeon in your area here.

Published April 17, 2020
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