Tuesday, June 30, 2020

By Elizabeth Lee

FACE masks are now as important an item as our keys and wallet when we’re leaving the house, as they are mandatory on public transport and their use is encouraged in shops. However, for wearers of spectacles, they can create unexpected challenges.

Since lockdown measures have started to ease, Specsavers has seen an increase of 242% in online searches on how to tackle the problem of glasses steaming up and slipping.

That is why Kerril Hickey, Specsavers optometrist, has some advice to keep your vision clear while staying safe.

‘‘There are a few difficulties people face when it comes to wearing a face mask while also wearing glasses,’’ Mr Hickey says. ‘‘One of the most common complaints is that glasses can get steamed up, making it more difficult to see. 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 face mask fits tightly around your nose and cheeks, as this reduces the amount of breath escaping causing condensation on the lenses.

‘‘Stop the mask from slipping down by wrapping the string of the face mask 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.

‘‘If you can, and it is 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.

‘‘Try using a piece of surgical tape to hold your mask in place on the bridge of your nose to give your spectacles additional grip.’’

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