Anti-fog products to keep your glasses clear with a face mask

Although they provide protection against COVID-19, the worst part of wearing a face mask as a wearer of glasses is that your glasses fog up every time you breathe. Fog makes it almost impossible to see and, when combined with cold outside weather, presents an annoying and possibly dangerous dilemma.

I can’t remember how many times I ripped my glasses off in frustration and quickly wiped them down with any easily accessible piece of cloth, just so as not to bump into anything.

I knew about anti-fog sprays and cloths, but after a recent study from Duke University came out noting that some of these products contain potentially harmful chemicals, I was hesitant to use them. Prior to this discovery, I had contacted Jessica Reyes Mileti, a licensed optician in New York State and Managing Director of Clairmont Nichols Opticiansto learn more about how these sprays and cloths work.

“Most anti-fog sprays, wipes or treatments work by depositing a chemical to prevent condensation from forming on lenses,” Mileti said.

the Study of the Duke found that several anti-fog sprays and cloths contained high levels of fluorinated telomere alcohols (FTOHs) and fluorinated telomeres ethoxylates (FTEOs), two types of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are widely used “eternal chemicals” which break down slowly and have therefore been found persistent at low levels in the environment and in humans. There are thousands of types of PFAS, and while science still doesn’t know if FTOHs and FTEOs are potentially harmful, some other PFAS are known to be associated with impaired immune function, cancer, heart disease, thyroid and other health issues.

With this new information in mind, I looked for other ways to keep my glasses from fogging up and found other gadgets and tricks to help me along with the spray recommendation from Mileti.

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Zeiss anti-fog spray

“Zeiss spray leaves a thin film on lenses that can prevent fogging for up to 72 hours,” Mileti said. “Just spray the cloth a few times, then spread it on both sides of the glasses until it’s completely dry.”

Although the publicly listed ingredients in this specific spray are “water, detergents, and proprietary preservatives,” a Zeiss spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost that while the spray does contain some PFAS, it does not. PFOA or PFOS, two common types of PFAS known to be harmful. “No studies show a link between substances used in Zeiss products and health conditions disseminated in recent reports,” the company said.

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Aluminum Adhesive Nose Wires

One way to solve the problem of foggy glasses is to improve the mask you wear. The threads help your mask conform to the shape of your face and prevent your breath from escaping through the top of your mask. If he doesn’t have a nose wire or the one he Is won’t bend or stay in place well enough, these adhesive nose wires may be what you need. All you have to do is peel one off the sheet, apply it properly to your mask, and bend it to make your masks fit better.

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A gentle dish soap like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day dish soap

Yes, mild dish soap (without moisturizers) can help prevent fogging of lenses. Rub a single drop on both sides of each lens and rinse with water. Then let your glasses air dry, which will result in a thin film that will prevent condensation from forming on the glass. With this method, a little is really enough, so be sure to only use one drop for each lens.

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A NIOSH-approved N95 foldable mask

Sarah C. Figueiredo