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Face masks have become a common part of life

The SA Government have mandated the use of face masks for everyone. This is one of the best ways we can overcome this virus, however it can also present some personal challenges!

We’ve come up with some great ways to stop your glasses from fogging up while wearing a face mask.

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Wash your lenses with soapy water.
This tip was discovered when surgeons had problems with their glasses fogging up during surgery!

Before putting on your face mask, wash your glasses lenses with warm soapy water and shake off the excess. Let your glasses air dry before you put them on and voila!  The soap on your lenses leaves behind a protective film that stops the fog from building up.

Tighten your mask.
Your glasses fog up because much of your exhaled air is directed up towards your glasses.

When your warm breath hits the cool glasses lense it causes the water to condense and mist.  Tightening your mask so that less air escapes through the top will stop your lenses from fogging up as much.

Use a mask that moulds to your nose.
Many masks have a flexible nose bridge that can be shaped to your nose.

This makes the mask fit better and reduces air from escaping through the top of the mask and fogging up your glasses.  If your mask does not have one, you can make your own with twist ties or pipe cleaners.

Don't forget about your kids!
Most masks that are commercially available only come in the one size, which means they are way too big for little ones.

Here’s a video explaining how to best fit a standard adult sized mask for your kids.

One last thing…

  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Cover up when you cough or sneeze
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • Frequently sanitise your hands
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly
  • Maintain social distancing