Is your Face Mask Fogging Up your Glasses? Make it Stop!
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All Fogged Up?
Is there anything more annoying for those of us who wear glasses? We need to be as safe as houses, and so must wear a face mask whenever we can in public, but we’d also like to be able to see, please!
If you wear glasses, you know what we mean. So what do we do about it?
Foggy Specs and a Face Mask? Why oh Why?
Basically, as long as you are wearing a face mask and breathing, you’re creating hot air under that mask of yours.
The air has to go somewhere, and in many face masks, the only way is up!
And when that hot air hits your lenses, it's going to condense. Fog City. No vision city.
The natural instinct then is to take either your glasses or your mask off - both of which involve touching your face, or these items that touch your face, and you don’t want that.
The whole reason we are wearing the face masks in the first place is to protect us from airborne viruses, and we don’t want to risk transferring any potentially harmful germs from our hands to our face.
So, let’s discount touching our glasses and masks, and figure out what we can do to stop that pesky condensation from landing in the first place!
We Want Vision City Not Fog City!
Stopping Your Glasses From Fogging up with a Face Mask 101
We can help! There are things you can do. Breathe easily 😉
Okay, so the bottom line is the fit of the top of your mask. This is key to everything. The most important thing you can do is wear a properly fitted protective mask (see details at the end for good supplies).
A good quality mask that fits your face properly will go a long way to reduce leakage directly onto your glasses, but given that everyone’s face is shaped slightly differently, what further steps can we take to ensure no more fog?
If you are wearing a proper, professional , face mask (rather than a home-made cloth creation), it should have a flexible nose fitting, so that you can adjust to fit your face perfectly. This is probably the key thing you can do to stop those glasses needing windscreen washers.
With the mask on, you can adjust the fit and ensure that it aligns perfectly with your face around the nose. This means that your exhaled breath should travel through the mask, not straight out onto your face.
So, make sure your mask is fitted perfectly - and this should help hugely. If you still need to keep it more firmly in place, especially if you are wearing it for a prolonged period of time, then another option is to tape the top of the mask to your face. This ensures a tight fit, and that no air can escape from the top onto your lenses. Use decent medical tape that won’t irritate your skin, of course.
If you wear glasses and want to know what PPE you need to make your life more comfortable, you can get in touch and order supplies here: www.rosslynnorth.com
Written by Rosslyn North
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