Specsavers top tips for wearing glasses with facemasks

9th July 2020

FACEMASKS are now as essential as our keys and wallet when we’re leaving the house, as many more people are wearing them locally and across the water, they have become essential for public transport and are highly encouraged in shops. However, for glasses wearers, they can create unexpected challenges.

Since lockdown measures have started to ease, Specsavers has seen an increase of 242% in online searches for tips on how to tackle the problem of glasses steaming up and slipping. Tony McGinn, optometry director at Abbeycentre Specsavers shares his simple advice to keep vision clear while staying safe.

Tony says: ‘There are a number of difficulties people face when it comes to wearing a face mask while also wearing glasses. One of the most common complaints is that glasses can get steamed up, making it more difficult to see. Wherever possible, particularly for NHS staff and other key workers, our advice is to wear contact lenses. But we appreciate this is not the best option for everyone.

‘If that isn’t an option, you need to make sure that the facemask fits tightly around your nose and cheeks as this reduces the amount of breath escaping and causing condensation on the lenses.’

Specsavers’ top tips when wearing glasses and facemasks:
1. Stop slipping by wrapping the string of the facemask around the sides of your glasses rather than your ears – just make sure you’re careful when taking off your glasses as your mask will be attached
2. If you can (and it’s comfortable), pull your mask further up your nose and place glasses on top. This will help seal the mask around your nose, stopping the warm air from your breath escaping and steaming up your lenses
3. Try using a piece of surgical tape to hold your mask in place on the bridge of your nose and give your specs additional grip