To curb the spread of COVID-19, many local and state governments have made mask-wearing mandatory. For most, this minor inconvenience has become a habit, albeit somewhat uncomfortable. However, bespectacled individuals may have the most difficult time wearing a mask. Between foggy lenses and having a majority of their face covered, eyeglass wearers must find a comfortable medium between public safety and vision correction. If you’re a person who has to wear glasses and wear a mask, you know they don’t go well together. But here are some tips to help you cope.
The Importance of Wearing Masks
Although masks prove difficult to eyeglass wearers, the importance is crucial in stopping the spread of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, masks are integral in stopping the spread of COVID-19 droplets that can exist in COVID-infected individuals. Any time a person speaks, sneezes, coughs, or breathes, these droplets can infect another person, even if the host person is asymptomatic. Thus, wearing masks can significantly reduce the spread of infection.
Tips to Make Eyeglasses and Mask-Wearing More Bearable
Unfortunately for those who wear eyeglasses, masks pose vision and discomfort problems. Not only do glasses fog, but the amount of heat generated can cause general irritation. Thankfully, eyeglass wearers can find some consolation using these basic tips:
- Wash the eyeglasses with soapy water prior to wearing and let them air dry. According to surgeons and healthcare professionals who did this prior to COVID-19, this technique creates a “surfactant” barrier that prevents fog.
- Use anti-fog spray used by athletes in auto racing, skiing, and swimming.
- Wear a mask with a metal nose clip that forces exhaled air downward. If you have a homemade mask, cinch the top with a piece of fabric.
- Fold the top of the mask down while still covering the nose.
If you wear looser-fitting glasses, you may also want to consider a strap to hold them closer to your eyes. By doing so, you can help them stay on more comfortably while eliminating fog.
How LASIK Can Alleviate the Discomfort of Wearing a Eyeglasses and a Mask
Although the tips mentioned above can temporarily eliminate the fog and discomfort of wearing a mask, the solutions aren’t foolproof. You may have to clean your glasses every hour or so, or trudge through long periods of wearing both articles becomes tiresome. If so, LASIK might be your best option.
In the past few months, Dr. Alexandra Chebil has performed dozens of laser vision correction procedures for essential workers, first responders and patients that are simply tired of wearing fogged glasses over masks.
Through a noninvasive procedure such as LASIK, she uses lasers to reshape the cornea of each eye. After a short recovery time—sometimes in as little as 24 hours—patients can enjoy up to 20/20 vision or better without the use of eyeglasses or contacts. Moreover, the quality of life can increase drastically, especially as long as the use of masks remains in effect and long after.
Foggy eyeglasses are a nuisance. There’s no doubt in that. But by following these tips and considering LASIK in the near future, those with nearsightedness or farsightedness can get a new outlook on the world—both figuratively and literally.
If you’ve thought about living life without glasses or contact lenses, it’s time to talk to our Orange County Ophthalmologist in Newport Beach with over 70,000 procedures performed to date, you’re in good hands. Contact us to schedule a personalized complimentary Lasik consultation one-on-one with Dr. Alexandra Chebil.