Wearing a face mask is a crucially important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19, but if you wear eyeglasses, it can be a challenge to wear both comfortably. Here are a few tips for wearing both a face mask and eyeglasses. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.
With face masks being essential to containing the COVID-19 crisis, it is critical to learn how to wear them effectively and comfortably. If you also wear eyeglasses, wearing a face mask can be particularly difficult, since it is very easy for the lenses to fog up due to the fact that the breath is channeled upwards through the mask and towards the eyes. It is particularly common when going from a warm outdoor environment into an air-conditioned shop. You might have to remove your glasses to clear them, but if you don’t have access to hand sanitizer or can’t wash your hands, it might not be safe to touch your face.
Nevertheless, it might be safer to wear glasses than contact lenses in the current climate, so knowing how to wear your glasses with a face mask can help reduce your risk of exposure to the virus. Here are a few tips that will help you wear your mask and your glasses safely.
- Find a mask with a built-in nose bridge. Because standard medical masks and homemade masks tend to be structured in a way that encourages the breath to flow upwards towards glasses. However, masks with nose bridges fit more securely on the face, so that the breath doesn’t escape upward and fog up glasses.
- Make sure your glasses are over your mask. If you don’t want to buy a new mask or masks, try to wear your glasses over the mask material so that your breath doesn’t escape.
- Place a tissue inside your mask across your nose. The tissue can help to block and absorb the moisture from your breath and prevent fogging.
- Cleanse your glasses with a mild soap. If your glasses don’t have a special coating that could be easily damaged (check with your optician), an effective trick for anti-fogging is washing your glasses with a gentle soap and carefully drying them completely. The film that is left on the lenses acts as an anti-fogging agent.
OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is honored to be one of Ft. Myers’s leading eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for more than 20 years. To schedule an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.