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How to Keep Glasses from Fogging Up

A woman wearing glasses and a mask.

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If you wear glasses, you may have struggled over the last few months with how to wear a mask and see at the same time. If you’re still fighting the fog, these simple solutions are for you.

Adjust Your Glasses

Let’s start with the easiest solution – adjust your glasses! The farther away your lenses are from your mouth, the less likely they are to fog. Simply push your glasses higher up on your nose.

Check the Fit

If your mask has a nose bridge (that little metal piece in your mask), make sure it fits securely over the nose. This will keep the warm air from escaping out the top of your mask, causing your glasses to fog up.

Don’t have a mask with a nose bridge? Get crafty, and sew a pipe cleaner or twist tie into the top of your mask. Another option is to simply tighten the ties of your mask to close the gap. 

Professional Tip

Try an easy trick medical professionals use – wear your mask higher up on your nose so that your glasses hold the mask in place.

Soap Solution

Wash your glasses with soapy water and then shake them off. Next, wait for your glasses to air dry or use a soft cloth to wipe them down. The result will be a thin layer of soap that helps prevent fog. 

One thing to note: if you have any special coatings on your glasses, be sure to check with your optician prior to trying this!

If All Else Fails…

Tape it! It may not be the most sophisticated solution, but using athletic tape along the top of your mask is a good quick fix. 


Cleveland Clinic

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