10 Best Ways How to Stop Glasses From Fogging Up in the Winter

foggy glasses while drinking tea

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!

fogged glasses wearing coat

How to Stop Eyeglasses From Fogging Up

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

foggy glasses in the cold

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.

5 Alarming Reasons You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Skiing Sunglasses

It’s hard to disagree that direct exposure to the Sun’s rays can do a lot of damage to your eyes and your vision.

Well, according to health experts, wearing your sunglasses during the winter is even more important than during the summer time.


During winter our eyes are, in fact, even more exposed to UV radiation during the cloudy days. Additionally, the much of the Sun’s light gets reflected off the ground, where it is normally harmlessly absorbed, into our eyes.

Light reflected by the mirror-like snow increases the amount of damage caused by UV radiation to your vision, can induce temporary “blindness”, and severe pain.

To keep yourself, and your eyes protected through winter, you need a pair of quality sunglasses.

Here are 5 reasons to wear sunglasses during winter: Number three may shock you!

5 Reasons Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

  1. Sunglasses Protect Eyes from Dust, Wind and Debris

    The weather can be quite challenging during winter. Sunglasses can give you a clearer view of your surroundings by creating a barrier that reduces the evaporation of moisture to keep your eyes well protected and comfortable.

    Airtight sunglasses have the added benefit of protecting your contact lenses from drying out in cold environments. With sunglasses, you wont have to worry about any debris carried by the wind to damage your cornea.

    Some lenses are fitted with hydrophobic coatings to repel water, dust, oils, lotions and fingerprints to keep your vision clear at all times.

  2. Sunglasses Reduce Glare

    Winter is well known for its precipitation that coats surfaces in snow, water, and ice, making most surfaces in the environment shiny, hence bright reflections that can easily impair your vision.

    This reflective glare, also known as snow blindness, is very dangerous and can cause fatal accidents since drivers, snowmobile riders, and skiers can’t see through bright light.

    If you enjoy outdoor activities during the winter, this glare can also make it easier for you to get lost, which can be very dangerous.

    To combat this glare, all you need is a good pair of sunglasses that can block the reflecting sun rays.

    We recommend polarized sunglasses to shield against these reflections.

  3. Sunglasses Protect your Eyes from Harmful UV Rays

    Did you know that there are dangerous UV rays from the sun that can potentially harm your eyes and accelerate the development of cataracts and aged macular degeneration?

    Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can affect your eyesight and cause your eyes to age prematurely.

    Sunglasses will also prevent these rays from reaching the skin around your eye which prevents wrinkles caused by UV rays.

  4. Sunglasses Reduce Eyestrain and Headaches

    Your pupils control the amount of light that reaches the retina in your eye. In dim light the pupils widen to allow more light to enter the eye, and, conversely, your pupils will shrink when light is too bright to protect the retina.

    During winter, when light is often far too bright much of the time, your pupils will strain through out the day to reduce the light entering your eyes which in turn causes muscle fatigue and eye strain.

    Over exerted pupil muscles can leave you crippled by painful headaches throughout the winter.

    You are better off with sunglasses that have photochromic lenses. These lenses darken automatically in the presence of bright light hence protecting your eyes throughout the day.

  5. Sunglasses Improve Vision During Winter

    Your eyes are very delicate and need to be protected, especially during the harsher climate of winter.

    For good vision, your eyes require a just the right amount of light.

    Reflective glare is dangerous to the naked eye and can potentially bleach the retina which can lead to poor vision and reduced vision acuity. For these reasons, we recommend sunglasses, even and especially during winter, for long term vision and healthy eyes.

To prevent glare-induced eye strain, you need a quality pair of sunglasses that will reduce the light going into your eyes.

To prevent glare-induced eye strain, you need a quality pair of sunglasses that will reduce the light going into your eyes.

Wraparound sunglasses are particularly effective in preventing injuries from the dust, the wind and debris.

Wraparound sunglasses are particularly effective in preventing injuries from the dust, the wind and debris.

Good sunglasses will block UV Rays and keep your eyes healthy.

Good sunglasses will block UV Rays and keep your eyes healthy.

The comfort and the protection that comes with high quality sunglasses is priceless

The comfort and the protection that comes with high quality sunglasses is priceless

Now you know the importance of having high quality sunglasses during the winter.

Do you have sunglasses for the winter season?

We always advise our readers to steer away from cheap plastic sunglasses.

Get yourself quality lenses and you will notice the difference; feel free to browse our selection of the best quality, most stylish sunglasses on the market in 2019.