May 11, 2020/Eye Care

How to Keep Your Glasses From Fogging Up While Wearing a Mask

Believe it or not, it can be done

Man wearing cloth face mask with fogged up glasses

You wear your glasses for fashion. Or, you wear your glasses because you can’t see without them. Regardless of the reason, you’ve probably managed to find a way to wear your glasses comfortably.

Advertisement

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy

Then, masks happened.

And now, you have to put two items on your face and make them work together as you run errands or take on a workday. Argh!

It’s been a challenge for some of us. And the worst part? The aggravation that builds as you constantly wipe off your glasses throughout the day. This can’t be real life!?! We’re already dealing with the pressures of a pandemic. We don’t need foggy glasses on top of everything else, right?

While we can’t control what’s going on around us, the good news is, we can eliminate the foggy glasses problem.

Why do glasses fog up in the first place?

Here’s the simple science behind it. When warm air hits a cool surface, condensation can form. Just think about how your glasses fog up when you walk into a warm building after being out in the cold. The same thing happens with a mask. When your warm breath escapes through the top of the mask, it hits the lenses of your glasses and causes them to fog up. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Here are a few helpful ideas.

Ways to fight the fog

There are a couple of things that you can do to keep your lenses clear while you’re shopping, working or just living life behind a mask.

Make sure you have the right fit

If you don’t, you’re going to get that steam room effect all day long. Here’s a good fit tip from Aaron Hamilton, MD.

“You want to make sure your mask fits securely over the nose. With glasses, a mask with a nose bridge will keep warm air from exiting up to your glasses as opposed to other face coverings,” says Dr. Hamilton.

You can buy masks with a nose bridge or masks that can be shaped to fit the face. If you’ve decided to make your own masks, you can create a better fit for them by sewing pipe cleaners or twist ties into the top so they can be molded to fit the nose better.

Just add soap and water

The next trick has been floating around the internet a lot these days. It’s actually one that healthcare professionals have turned to over the years. All you need for this foggy glasses hack is soapy water and a soft cloth.

Now, glasses can be a major investment. If you have special coatings on your lenses, check with your optician before trying this next hack so you don’t ruin them.

With this technique, you simply wash your lenses with soapy water and shake off the excess liquid. You can allow your lenses to air dry or gently wipe them off with a soft cloth before wearing your glasses again. Why does this method work? The soap leaves behind a thin film that acts as a fog barrier.

Advertisement

Use your glasses to seal the top of your mask

If you can pull your mask up higher on your nose, you can use your glasses to seal it and shape it to your face. Just place your glasses right on top of the material that’s over your nose and make sure they don’t slide off. A secure fit will keep the warm air from escaping through the top of the mask.

Tape it down

This might come in handy if you’re looking for more of a set it and forget it approach. You can tape your mask down around the bridge of your nose and to your cheeks with sports or medical tape. Don’t use duct tape or tape that wasn’t made to be used on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, test the tape out beforehand to make sure that it doesn’t cause irritation, or you can simply use tape that was made for sensitive skin.

If all else fails, shop around for a solution

If nothing seems to be working for you, there are wipes and sprays out there that were designed to tackle foggy glasses. Before trying one, make sure the ingredients won’t damage any protective coatings on your lenses. And don’t ignore the product reviews. Make sure you read them before you buy so you won’t be seeing red in addition to fog.

Advertisement

Learn more about our editorial process.

Related Articles

blood clot inside an artery
April 26, 2024/Infectious Disease
The Connection Between COVID-19 and Blood Clots

An increased risk of blood clots can last for nearly a year after a COVID-19 diagnosis

Colorblind glasses showing houses on shoreline in color
April 11, 2024/Eye Care
What We Know About Color Blind Glasses

These trendy glasses might brighten some shades and help you see the difference between colors or brightness of hues, but they won’t cure your color vision deficiency

Person getting an audiogram, with technician
April 1, 2024/Ear, Nose & Throat
The Link Between COVID-19 and Tinnitus (That Ringing in Your Ears)

COVID-19 may be associated with tinnitus, but research is still ongoing

Eye doctor holding glasses and a prescription
March 20, 2024/Eye Care
Got a New Eye Prescription? Here’s What It Means

Your eye prescription reveals a lot about your eye health, including how they’re shaped, how well you see and what your new glasses can do for your sight

aerial view over crowd of commuters
March 18, 2024/Infectious Disease
How Does COVID Immunity Work?

The short answer: It’s complicated, but the basic care precautions still prevail, like washing your hands and isolating if you’re sick

Person experiencing COVID headache, with calendar months floating in background
March 11, 2024/Brain & Nervous System
What To Know About COVID Headaches

They can feel like a typical headache or a migraine headache, but the pain can last for weeks to months

crowd of people at music concert
February 5, 2024/Infectious Disease
What Constitutes a ‘Superspreader Event’?

Any large social gathering — from a family birthday party to an indoor music concert — has the potential to spread serious infection

Female wrapped in blanket laying on sofa looking fatigued or unwell
January 23, 2024/Infectious Disease
How To Manage COVID Fatigue and Regain Your Energy

It’s important to connect with a healthcare provider, get quality sleep and balance your activities with your energy levels

Trending Topics

Person in yellow tshirt and blue jeans relaxing on green couch in living room reading texts on their phone.
Here’s How Many Calories You Naturally Burn in a Day

Your metabolism may torch 1,300 to 2,000 calories daily with no activity

woman snacking on raisins and nuts
52 Foods High In Iron

Pump up your iron intake with foods like tuna, tofu and turkey

Ad