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How To Prevent “Mask Fog” on Your Glasses

If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask.

But First, Why Do Glasses Fog Up?

Quite simply, condensation forms whenever moist warm air hits a cool surface. Your eyeglasses fog up when the face mask sends your warm breath upward instead of in front of you. This is great to preventing virus transmission, but not so good for anyone that wears eyeglasses.

Is Your Mask Well Fitted?

The mask should fit securely over your nose. It is best to have a mask with a nose bridge or one that can be shaped or molded to your face. When the mask fits properly, most of your breath should go through the mask rather than through the top or sides.

Use Your Glasses To Seal the Top of Your Mask

This method works best with large, thick eyewear frames. By pulling your mask up higher on your nose and placing the lower part of your eyeglasses on the mask, you can get a more snug fit that blocks your warm breath from escaping upward toward your eyeglasses.

Tape Your Mask to Your Face

If this becomes more of a problem, you can use tape to secure your mask across the bridge of your nose and the top of your cheeks. Use easy-to-remove tape, including adhesive, medical, or athletic. Don’t use duct tape.

Soap and Water Help Prevent Fogging

This trick is one that healthcare professionals regularly turn to. All you need for this hack is soapy water (dish soap works best) and a microfiber cloth. Don’t use soaps with lotions in them as they can leave a thick residue, making it even harder to see.

Simply rub the lenses of your frame with a drop of soap. Then buff the lenses with a soft microfiber cloth.

This effective trick helps prevent your lenses from fogging up as a transparent, thin film of soap acts as a barrier.

Anti-Fog Wipes and Sprays

Another option is to purchase wipes and sprays designed to tackle foggy lenses. Read the fine print, as certain anti-fog solutions may not work as well, or may even damage lenses with coatings that minimize glare and fingerprint smudges, for example.

This may be the right time to consider Contact Lenses or Orthokeratology.

Call us to learn about other options.

Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, NJ. 1-732-679-2020.

 

Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19

Is your comprehensive eye eye examination coming up?

Are you concerned about coming because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. 

We expect this outbreak will continue for a while, but we do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this critical time.  We have taken extra measures, even beyond our usual hygienic and disinfection procedures, in order to protect our patients and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 during this time of uncertainty. 

The guidelines for slowing the spread of this epidemic are rapidly changing. Please pay close to attention to local regulatory changes for the most up-to-date information.  We are certainly ere to help you for both emergencies and non-emergencies.  . 

What Precautions are we Taking to Limit COVID-19?   

Our office policy mandates that all eye doctors, office staff, and patients do not enter if they are not feeling well, have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, or traveled outside of the country within the last 14 days.

The staff may ask you to wait outside rather than in our reception area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs.  We schedule our appointments so that our reception area room respects social distancing and reduces cross contamination. 

During your eye exam: 

  • All of our examination rooms have a slit-lamp barrier to protect both the patient and the doctor from cross contamination.   
  • The doctor may wear a mask with a plastic shield over the eyes. 
  • The doctor will wait for your slit-lamp portion of the eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have. 
  • The doctor will use gloves when touching skin or doing tonometry.
  • The doctor will wash hands for the required amount of time before each patient.
  • All equipment is sanitized, contact surfaces are cleaned after every use, countertops and door nobs are cleaned are cleaned frequently. 
  • The l surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs) is sanitized with antibacterial wipes. 
  • All staff members wash their hands after contact with each patient and throughout the day.
  • Our office is equipped with several sanitizing stations.
  • We ask that patients sanitize their hands before selecting frames.
  • We clean all frames that have come into contact with patients with soap and hot water.
  • We have taken the policy of no hand shaking.  Please don’t take it personally.

Please call our office, Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, NJ with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it’s best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, we encourage you to do so.

To stay abreast of the coronavirus pandemic, please visit the following official health organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at www.CDC.gov
  • World Health Organization (WHO) at www.WHO.int 

We look forward to serving you.

Thank you and stay safe!