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Coronavirus – Mask hacks to beat a steamy summer

Fed up with your glasses steaming up and slipping off when you put your mask on? Fret no more as Specsavers Ópticas shares top tips for wearing glasses with facemasks.

You may be of the opinion that they are the signs of a New World Order, Illuminati or other sinister forces at work, but unless you want to be on the receiving end of a fine from the police, facemasks are now as important an item as our keys and wallet when we’re leaving the house.

Rules have been brought in that state masks must be worn in all public spaces across Andalucía, even when social distancing can be respected. The rules require increased mask use, but for glasses wearers they can create unexpected challenges.

Between March and May, there was a 640% increase in online searches in Spain for how to tackle the problem of glasses steaming up. To combat this steamy issue Giles Edmonds, Specsavers clinical services director, has some simple advice to keep vision clear while staying safe.

Specsavers Ópticas’ top tips when wearing glasses and facemasks:

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

‘There are a few difficulties people face when it comes to wearing a face mask while also wearing glasses’, he explains ‘One of the most common complaints is that glasses can get steamed up, making it more difficult to see. Wherever possible, particularly for healthcare 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 facemask fits tightly around your nose and cheeks as this reduces the amount of breath escaping and causing condensation on the lenses.’


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