Glasses fogging up? Try this fix…


Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS
Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare

Whether you live in a state where masks are mandatory or wearing one is voluntarily there’s no doubt wearing a mask brings new challenges to our daily lives. One common problem is glasses fogging up from your breath. Fortunately, there are easy fixes. From my own experience, in the operating room, placing a small strip of paper tape for bandages across the top of the mask will close the gap between the face and mask blocking the moist air released through exhalation. Another method based on a study form the Royal College of Surgeons of England, done in 2011, reports the following; “Immediately before wearing a face mask, wash the spectacles 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.

Keeping your vision unobstructed has another benefit. You will be less likely to touch your mask and face with your hands. If you must touch your mask and/or face wash or sanitize your hands first!

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