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Optician Explains How To Keep Glasses From Misting Up While Wearing A Face Mask

Optician Explains How To Keep Glasses From Misting Up While Wearing A Face Mask

With the Government announcing the compulsory wearing of face masks while shopping in England and Scotland and masks already mandatory on public transport, many folks who wear glasses have noticed it's quite difficult to keep them from misting up.

For those of you blessed with perfect vision, you may be blissfully unaware of the problems wearing a mask while wearing a pair of specs can bring, with glasses-wearers complaining of them steaming or fogging up.

Now, a helpful optician has shared some top tips on how to keep them steam free.

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Gordon Kyle from of Miller and McClure Opticians in Paisley, shared a clip in which he said 'there's a few things to think about' when it comes to avoiding steaming up your lenses.

So, without further ado, here's Gordon's three tips.

Firstly, he recommends wearing your glasses on top of your mask, which will make them form a sort of seal, keeping the mask tight and in place on your face, meaning there's less air coming up through the top and fogging up your lenses.

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Next up, Gordon suggests lining the top of the mask with some tissue paper before you pop it on, which completely stops the lenses from fogging up.

Credit: Miller and McClure Opticians
Credit: Miller and McClure Opticians

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Finally, he says you can tie two knots on the strings holding your mask - so it's 'like a wee package' as Gordon says - this ensure the mask is snugger on your face. Clever, eh?

Gordon also warned people about trying out other methods that have been shared online, which involve coating your glasses with various cleaning products.

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He told the Daily Record: "There has been chat online about using shaving foam, toothpaste and even methylated spirits but my concern is that it could cause long term damage to the lenses.

"The other thing folk have mentioned for the lenses is washing up liquid. I'm just not convinced that it's risk free."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

From 24 July masks will be compulsory in shops in England - and those found flouting the rules can be refused service or even whacked with a £100 ($126) fine.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "The scientific evaluation of face coverings and their importance on stopping aerosol droplets, that's been growing, so I do think that in shops it is very important to wear a face covering if you're going to be in a confined space and you want to protect other people and receive protection in turn."

Featured Image Credit: Miller and McClure Opticians

Topics: Interesting, UK

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]