I think we can both agree that foggy glasses is one of the most frustrating things to come out of the last year. You can forget being able to see with your mask on! Without anti fog glasses or anti fog solution, you’re condemned to foggy glasses forever! Thankfully, there is a range of affordable (and more costly) solutions for foggy glasses.
To give you a good idea of the options available, the Eye Philosophy team has tested the top ways to keep your glasses fog-free. As optometrists, we’ve seen people try all sorts of things to un-fog their glasses. From putting vaseline on their nose to wiping glasses with soapy water, there are some solutions that work, and some that don’t. Here are the best ones we’ve found:
1. Taping up the top of your mask
When you breathe out while wearing a mask, the hot, moist air that usually evaporates only has one place to go. Behind your glasses. Here it condenses and fogs up the glass, which happens to be the source of our problem. By taping the top of your mask to your nose, using double-sided sports tape or something similar, you can stop hot air from escaping there and keep your glasses clear. It’s a quick and dirty solution and can be a little uncomfortable, but it does the trick. Bandaids also work!
2. Block the gap with a tissue
Another solution that we found worked fairly well was to place a tissue between the mask and your nose. This way, hot air can’t escape upwards as easily, so it’s less likely to fog up your lenses. It’s also slightly more comfortable than tape but may not last as long.
3. Wash your glasses with soapy water
It might seem unconventional, but soap was one of the best ways we found to give you a temporary fog reprieve on a budget. Just washing your glasses with soapy water was enough to keep them fog resistant for a few hours. Use warm soapy water and a clean cloth to wipe them, then let them air dry. The result is a pair of clean glasses with a thin film of soap on them that will keep your lenses anti fog for a few hours. The soap causes surface tension to break up, stopping water molecules from building up on your glasses. Instead, it spread them thin enough to easily see-through.
4. Use an anti-fog solution
Anti fog solution works similar to soap, but is specially formulated for use with glasses. It’s a great way to keep your glasses clean and anti fog. There are a few different solutions on the market, but they all work by creating an invisible barrier that sits on your lenses and causes water droplets to spread out over the surface. Because they’re made specifically for the purpose of keeping your glasses fog-free, the results are better and last longer. However, it will set you back a bit more than soap. We tested a few brands, but found NanoMagic Anti-fog Solution to be the best one, lasting up to a full day on average!
5. Get contact lenses!
While a drastic solution, contact lenses will 100% stop your glasses from fogging. Because you won’t be wearing any! Many optometrists (including Eye Philosophy!) offer a free trial for contact lenses so you can work out if they’re right for you or not.
6. Anti fog glasses and lenses
If you’ve tried everything else and still can’t find a perfect solution to your fog problem, a pair of anti fog glasses will solve it. While it will cost you a bit more than the other options on this list, it is the perfect fix, offering fog-free glasses without the negatives of other options. They come with a permanent anti-fog coating, stopping fog in any situation. Whether you’re opening the door of your oven, wearing glasses in the sauna, or just taking a train ride with a mask on, you can experience fog-free vision all year round.
If you’re looking for a new pair of glasses, you may want to check out our Anti-Fog Glasses. Eye Philosophy has a range of anti fog glasses available with stunning frames. We can even fit your current frames with new anti fog lenses. Talk to one of our optometrists today for more information.