Stop the Fog:
We, here at Hillcrest KwikSpar want to offer some helpful tips to those people that wear glasses on a day to day basis.
Due to the compulsory need of wearing a mask while being in public places during the Coronavirus Lockdown in South Africa that is to be implemented this Friday, 1st May 2020, it is a challenge for those glasses’ wearers. The challenge is that glasses tend to go misty, while wearing a mask due to your breath going up into your glasses space, causing them to fog up.
Kindly note: the person that wrote this blog was wearing a mask with a tissue barrier and glasses – so he gives a gloved thumbs up of approval.
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The tips below, will HOPEFULLY help end your frustrations:
Tip 1: consider getting laser eye surgery – wearing glasses your whole life is not something that you want to do! This of course, can only be done once Lockdown is over.
Tip 2: rinse lenses with soapy water – this leaves a thin layer of soap that lines your lenses with a protective layer, after air drying or lightly dabbing with tissue paper, temporarily preventing them from fogging up. Soap rinses should be done regularly.
Tip 3: consider wearing contacts – They are a great substitute for glasses, as long as you don’t touch your face and rub your eyes.
Tip 4: Create a tissue paper barrier – folded thinly with the ends folded in, place barrier at the top the mask, on the bridge of your nose. The folded tissue acts as an anti-fogging barrier preventing your glasses from fogging up, even with heavy breathing through mouth and nose. This method has been tried and tested.
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Tip 5: hand sanitiser sprayed onto glass lenses – this acts as a sealant, after lightly dabbing with tissue paper. there is a layer preventing your breath from fogging them up. This works in very much the same way as defogging your goggles when scuba diving or snorkelling.
We hope that these tips will help you to see clearly next time you are in store!