The chilly winter weather combined with our own breathing and even our bodies’ natural tendency to sweat (yes, even when it’s cold) make the perfect recipe for foggy eyeglasses.
If you’re the type of person who relies on your eye wear to compete, or if you’re just tired of unintentionally blinding yourself with your own hot drinks, here are 10 of the best tips and tricks from around the interwebs
(Check with your optometrist before using any of these tips and tricks on your prescription glasses)
Not all of these tips will work for everybody; try each and see what works best for you! If you’ve discovered your own way to stop glasses fogging up that we missed why not tell everyone about it in the comments!
How to Stop Eyeglasses From Fogging Up
Use Anti Fog Wipes to Clean your Lenses
Staring off with an easy fix, anti-fog wipes are the first solution to come to mind and the easiest to purchase.
The downside to this solution is having to bring your wipes along with you and having to stock up on them, but it is quick, and easy.
Clean Your Lenses with Shaving Cream
What some would call a “life hack”, just dab a little shaving cream on the front and back of either lens, wipe of gently with cold water.
Rub White Soap on Your Lenses
If you just don’t have any shaving cream lying around, you can also use white bar soap; remember not to rinse the soap of with water. Instead, lightly brush the soap of with a clean, dry cloth until your lenses are clear.
Use Anti-Fog Cream or Spray on your Lenses
Like using anti-fog wipes, a paste or spray has the same effect, but can be used in a number of additional applications
Consider A Water-Repellent Lens Coating
A more permanent solution if you are truly tired of having to deal with any and all moisture on your glasses’ lenses is to get a pair of glasses with the lenses coated with a water-repellent lens coating.
However, this fix comes at the cost of being able to benefit from other types of lens coatings.
Clean Foggy Glasses with Saliva
Another life hack, this is by far the quickest and cheapest way to stop your glasses from fogging up. It may not be the best solution for sports, as the saliva can cause visual distortions; it also isn’t the most hygienic option, and may leave your glasses smelling a bit…odd.
Skip the Scarf
Depending on the fabric of your scarf, it may actually be the main reason your glasses are fogging up. Fabrics that have trouble letting air through can deflect your breathe and cause it to get trapped behind your lenses, causing fog.
Wear or Choose Glasses that Sit Away From Your Face
Instead of opting for a lens coating you can, instead, opt for new glasses frames that sit further away from your face.
The increased ventilation will prevent water from condensing, allowing it to evaporate more quickly, while also preventing your breathe from getting trapped behind the lenses.
This solution, unfortunately, lowers the amount of protection that your glasses offer against dust and debris
Switch to Contact Lenses
If you’re already considering shifting from glasses to contact lenses, here’s another reason for you: contacts don’t get foggy.
Try Wearing Anti-Fog Glasses For Sports
Similar to buying a new pair of frames or getting a new lens coating, this big ticket solution is for the dedicated outdoor activists out there that need the absolute best when it comes to eye wear quality.
Most eyewear brands offer their own lines of socialized anti-fog sports glasses; you can browse our selection of brands and glasses here
Wearing prescription glasses, and in fact, nearly any type of eyewear can make moving between warm and cold environments quite annoying, bothersome, and even hazardous. It is important to know how to prevent eyeglasses from fogging up, and this hazard should not be taken lightly.
Foggy glasses make it so you have to wipe the fog off every time you remove your glasses, compromising your vision and exposing your glasses to possible damage.
It’s worth knowing what’s causing the problem, how to keep glasses from fogging up in the cold and maintain your best vision.
If you’re considering any of the options in this list, why not schedule a free consultation at Midtown Optometry? We’ve got all the anti-fog options available if you aren’t sure which one is right for you.
You’ll certainly find the right solution for you from among our selection of prescription and sports eyewear.