Everyone who wears glasses and has worn a face mask will know the struggle of trying to see through the specs.
Face masks are now as important as our keys and wallet when we’re leaving the house.
As lockdown restrictions ease, they have been made compulsory for public transport passengers. Shoppers are encouraged by the Government to wear them too.
But for people who wear glasses, face masks can create unexpected challenges.
Searches online on how to tackle the problem of glasses steaming up and slipping has increased since the easing of the lockdown.
Giles Edmonds, Specsavers clinical services director, is sharing his advice to keep vision clear while staying safe:
- Stop slipping by wrapping the string of the facemask around the sides of your glasses, rather than your ears – just make sure you’re careful when taking off your glasses as your mask will be attached
- If you can (and it’s comfortable), pull your mask further up your nose and place glasses on top. This will help seal the mask around your nose, stopping the warm air from your breath escaping and steaming up your lenses
- Try using a piece of surgical tape to hold your mask in place on the bridge of your nose and give your specs additional grip
Mr Edmonds said: “There are a few difficulties people face when it comes to wearing a face mask while also wearing glasses. One of the most common complaints is that glasses can get steamed up, making it more difficult to see. Wherever possible, particularly for NHS staff and other key workers, our advice is to wear contact lenses. But we appreciate this is not the best option for everyone.
“If that isn’t an option, you need to make sure that the face mask fits tightly around your nose and cheeks as this reduces the amount of breath escaping and causing condensation on the lenses.”