As the COVID-19 crisis continues, mask mandates are in full effect. While masks are a necessity to help flatten the curve, they come with some undesirable side effects. Some individuals have noticed that their glasses fog up when wearing their masks. This is not only a source of inconvenience, but it also interferes with an individual’s ability to see clearly.
LASIK is a popular vision correction procedure that reduces or eliminates the need for glasses. Many of our patients find that LASIK is a fantastic solution for keeping their vision fog-free. Eye doctor Thomas Byrd performs LASIK at Byrd Eye Clinic, our state-of-the-art facility serving Detroit, MI, Dearborn Heights, MI, and Lincoln Park, MI. In this blog post, we discuss the topic of glasses fogging up and how LASIK can help.
Why Are My Glasses Fogging Up?
Water vapor from the environment, perspiration, or even your own breath can cause your glasses to fog up. When wearing a mask, this problem is exacerbated.
When your glasses fog up, they must be cleaned in order to see properly. But cleaning your glasses involves touching your face, and that can increase your exposure risk for COVID-19. So, what is the best way to reduce face mask fog while still protecting your health?
LASIK: A Cure for Face Mask Fog
There have always been a number of reasons why individuals choose LASIK to correct their vision. As we venture further into 2020, face mask fog has been added to that list. Patients who undergo LASIK can be glasses-free and fog-free.
During LASIK, Dr. Byrd uses laser technology to reshape the cornea. This process helps correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. LASIK requires some downtime, but most patients enjoy immediate results.
The best candidates are free from serious eye conditions and diseases. Dr. Byrd can determine if you qualify for LASIK during a consultation at our practice.
Other Tips for Fog-Free Glasses
Even if you do not qualify for LASIK, there are plenty of ways to reduce fog on your glasses lenses. Try these tricks:
- Adjust your mask accordingly. When wearing masks, the air you exhale goes directly upward. To prevent the air from fogging your glasses, adjust the nosepiece and the mask straps to improve the fit.
- Add tape for security. While it may be inconvenient, adding a piece of tape to your mask can ensure that it fits tightly across your nose and cheeks.
- Use anti-fog spray. You can purchase anti-fog spray at any department store. Applying this to your lenses can prevent fogging for a time.
- Use soap and water. Washing your lenses with soap and water leaves a fog-resistant film on the glasses. This can help for a short time, but the process will need to be repeated once the effects wear off.
Contact Our Practice for More Information
If you have been considering LASIK, now could be an excellent time to consider your treatment options. To learn more, schedule a consultation at Byrd Eye Clinic. Contact us online or call us at (313) 383-1300.