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Do your glasses fog up when you wear a mask? Here’s how to fix that

Scientists studied the frustrating phenomenon and came up with a simple solution.
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(AP Photo/Artur Lebedev)

TAMPA, Fla — If you wear glasses all the time in Florida, you know the struggle is real. Stepping out of the A/C into the heat and humidity means instant blindness – because your lenses fog up.

But now, there’s an annoying new culprit – face masks.

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending people wear them when they have to be around others to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it’s not offering any suggestions to avoid the unintended consequence.

Thankfully, the National Institutes of Health stepped up with a solution. It’s actually the work of scientists who published an article in a research journal for the UK’s Royal College of Surgeons.

And their foggy fix is a simple one – soap and water.

The scientists suggest washing your glasses, shaking off the excess and letting them air dry before putting your mask on. The soapy water leaves a thin film on the lenses that will help disperse the condensation and keep them from fogging up.


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