1 May is coming and that means South Africa enters Lockdown Level 4 and you may leave the house a little bit more – but with a face mask on only. If you are a spectacle wearer, you might be irritated by your lenses misting up. Here are a few simple methods to prevent it:
Immediately before wearing a face mask, wash your spectacles with soapy water (dish soap and lukewarm water will do) and shake off the excess. Let the spectacles air dry or gently dry off the lenses with a spectacle cloth before putting them back on. The soapy water leaves a thin film on the lenses that will help disperse the condensation and keep them from fogging up.
Another simple solution is to wash your spectacles with shaving cream, rinse and let dry.
If you have a regular cloth mask you can also attempt to tighten the fit around your face. Your mask should contour tightly around the bridge of your nose to stop your exhaled breath from escaping.
Add a tissue layer between your face and mask that will absorb the moisture of your breath.
You can also lower your face mask – while still covering the majority of your face and mouth – to allow your exhaled breath to escape from lower down. Alternatively, you can wear your glasses lower on your nose – even if it is a little more uncomfortable.
Stay safe and remember not to adjust your spectacles while out and about during COVID-19.