The COVID-19 pandemic has made wearing a face mask in public unavoidable. While masks may be instrumental in stopping the spread of the virus, it has caused a major problem for those who wear spectacles – foggy glasses. 

Your glasses fog up when you wear a mask because the warm air you exhale comes into contact with the cool lenses, which causes condensation to take place. Given that the only way for air to escape a face mask is by going upwards towards the glasses, you can’t stop this condensation from happening. Of course, you could switch to wearing contact lenses to keep this from happening. But if that’s not an option for you, we’ve got some cost-effective ways to keep your glasses from fogging up when you have a mask on:

  1. Anti-fogging products: If you’re willing to spend a few dollars, you can buy anti-fogging wipes or a spray. They cost less than $10, and using them just once a day can prevent light fogging. 
  1. Soap and water: Another trick that works well to keep your glasses from fogging up is washing the lenses with a solution of water and dish soap. Ensure you do this just before you wear your mask. Once you wash the glasses, shake off all the excess water and let the glasses air dry. You can also choose to wipe the lenses with a soft tissue to dry them. 
  1. Tape: If you need to stay out for a long time and need your glasses to be clear all day long, you could try to tape down the mask to your face. When you use a piece of tape to close the opening near your nose and cheeks, the hot air will not be able to escape upwards and fog up your glass. If you decide to do this, ensure you only use medical-grade tape because duct tape is not great for your skin. 

Try these tips to keep your glasses from fogging up in the winter due to your face mask!