Face masks are now mandatory on public transport.
It’s all for the greater good of course, but if you wear glasses they can create unexpected challenges.
Since lockdown measures have started to ease, Specsavers has seen an increase of 242% in searches online on how to tackle the problem of glasses steaming up and slipping.
“One of the most common complaints is that glasses can get steamed up, making it more difficult to see,” says Kerril Hickey, Specsavers optometrist and Chairman.
“Wherever possible, particularly for medical 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.”
Here are three more tips to make the mask/specs combo more comfortable:
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