How to Wear a Mask With Glasses

Masks are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. And for those of us who wear glasses, mask-wearing presents an additional nuisance – foggy glasses. Here’s what experts and doctors recommend as best practices if you’re having trouble.

Create a Better Seal

If your breath is escaping from the top of your mask, that’s a sign that things aren’t working as they should. Ideally, your breath is filtered by the fabric, not escaping the sides.

The N95 masks used by doctors have a rigid metal strip that ensures a tight fit that doesn’t allow air to escape. These masks should, of course, be reserved for medical professionals, but many civilian cloth masks include that feature. That’s something to look for if you’re shopping for a mask you plan to wear with glasses.

You can also create a DIY nose strip by placing a small piece of cloth tape over the bridge of your nose – make sure it’s cloth tape so it doesn’t irritate your skin (you can usually find this in a first aid kit). 

Move Things Around

Wear your glasses further down the tip of your nose, over your mask. It may look a little odd, but it will create a better seal. You can also try pulling your mask up higher (making sure to keep the rest of your face covered) and place your glasses on top of it.

Whatever you do, don’t wear your mask over the bottom of your glasses, and don’t pull it down below your nose, as this will allow your breath to escape and defeats the whole purpose of wearing a mask.

Treat Your Lenses

If your lenses haven’t been treated with an anti-fog protective coating, try one out—they come as both sprays and wipes. You can also use soapy water on the lenses and let them air dry.

Adjust Your Breathing

Playing around with your breathing might be a last resort – mouth breathing inside your mask increases your chances of fogging more than nose breathing, and if your head is angled downward, you’re more likely to fog than if your head is angled up toward the sky.

Be Patient

If all that doesn’t work, just hang in there. Most of us are new at wearing cloth masks, and just like anything else, it takes some time to adjust to the feeling. After walking around for a few minutes, either the fogging will get better or you’ll just get used to it.