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Wear glasses? Try these tips to make mask wearing better
Posted 15 December 2020
With Australians encouraged to wear face masks when they are out and about, and it being compulsory in some settings, people who wear glasses might be looking for ways to stop their specs fogging up.
Glasses become foggy when the hot air we breathe out escapes from the top of our mask (both disposable and reusable versions) and hits the cold of our glasses. This causes condensation, and can be very frustrating. Below are some tips to help you see clearly while wearing both a mask and your glasses.
- Use a mask with a mouldable nose bridge. This allows the mask to sit against your face better, and controls the air escaping the top of the mask.
- Ensure the mask itself is fitted correctly – make sure the metal piece is moulded well across the bridge of your nose. Loose fitting masks will let air escape.
- Wear your glasses on or over your mask, not underneath.
- To stop your mask slipping down, use some first aid tape to stick the mask to the bridge of your nose. This is especially useful if you will be wearing the mask for long periods. You could also try double sided tape if you don’t want the tape to be seen.
- If you are making a fabric mask at home, insert a pipe-cleaner along the top seam to build a mouldable nose bridge.
- Fold and/or tape a tissue in half and place it between your face and the mask to capture any moisture.
- Clean your glasses with soap and water, and then dry them with a microfiber cloth. The soap reduces surface tension and prevents fog from sticking to the lenses. Avoid oily lotion cleaners, shaving cream, or household glass cleaner as you could damage any coatings on the lens.
- If your mask is too large, try twisting the ear loops to tighten the fit of the mask. This is also a good option for children who need to wear a mask.
- If you have the option, wearing contact lens might suit you better when you also need to wear a face mask.
Always wash or sanitise your hands before touching your mask.
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