Preventing Glasses from Fogging When Wearing a Mask

Serving Poughkeepsie, Fishkill and Nearby Areas of the Hudson Valley

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In light of COVID-19, the CDC recommends wearing a simple cloth facemask whenever it is impossible to maintain a six-foot distance from people who do not live in your house while in public. Depending on where you live, this recommendation may actually be a requirement prior to entering a business or establishment. It is absolutely the requirement at Seeta Eye Center – both for patients and staff.

Surgeons, including some of our very own ophthalmologists, have long dealt with the challenges of keeping eyeglasses clear while wearing a facemask. Fortunately, once you know how to keep your breath from fogging your glasses, the result is not hard to accomplish at all.

Soap, Rinse, Air Dry

One of the surest ways to prevent breath from escaping your mask and fogging your lenses is by ensuring your mask fits appropriately. Sealing your mask at the bridge of the nose will help stop warm, moist breath from fogging up your glasses in the first place. This can be further assisted by following an easy three-step process:

  1. Wash your lenses in warm soapy water
  2. Rinse your lenses completely
  3. Shake off water and allow lenses to air dry

The residual soap will prevent lens fogging for most of the day. If the problem resumes, simply repeat the process.

Infographic: How to Keep Glasses from Fogging While Wearing a Facemask

Consider Alternatives

We do not know how long facemasks will be necessary. If you foresee continuing annoyance with fogged glasses, you may want to consider contact lenses for daily use. If that option sounds unappealing to you, laser vision correction with LASIK or PRK can eliminate your need for prescription eyewear, removing the problem of fogged glasses entirely.

The experienced eye doctors at Seeta Eye offer a full range of vision correction services, including inlays and implantable lenses, which can provide a lifetime of freedom from glasses and contacts. If you are interested in learning more about these services or if you are in need of any type of eye care, please call 845-454-1025 and schedule an appointment at our Poughkeepsie or Fishkill location.

Please Note: We have resumed normal office hours and have instituted new safety protocol, including the use of facemasks, to help keep our patients safe. If you are immunocompromised or have questions about your safety while in our care, please do not hesitate to contact our office right away.