Those who wear glasses are already very familiar with fog, which appears with temperature and humidity changes. However, with the continuation of mandatory mask-wearing, the fog problem is more prevalent than ever. We reveal solutions for eliminating mask fog from your life, including LASIK.
Why Is Face Mask Fog Such an Issue?
It’s one thing to wear glasses and have to experience occasional fog, but face mask fog can present an entirely different set of problems that go beyond simple annoyance. This issue can cause real problems for several reasons.
Mask fog can increase the risk of glasses slipping down your nose because of the condensation they create underneath your lenses. This leads to the constant adjustment of your glasses, which can result in increased face-touching.
Removing glasses to wipe them can also increase face-touching, but also an increased risk of virus transmission if your hands aren’t clean and you wipe the lenses. Wearing a mask for any period of time can also cause reduced visibility due to fog, and also due to humidity around the eyes, which can be uncomfortable and interfere with your normal vision.
So, How Can You Keep Your Glasses Fog-Free?
The good news for glasses-wearers is that there are lots of ways to prevent mask fog. Some of the more popular methods are:
- Washing glasses with soap and water to create a fog-preventing film
- Breathing downward to direct air away from glasses
- Adjusting masks to fit snugly over the cheeks and nose bridge
- Placing glasses on top of the mask to weigh it down
- Using tape to seal the top of the mask
What About Contacts?
Many people have traded in their glasses for contact lenses. While this is effective at eliminating mask fog, it’s been found that those who wear contact lenses touch their faces more than those who don’t. Not only that, but the irritation that contact lenses can produce when dry can mask real COVID symptoms like conjunctivitis.
How LASIK Prevents Foggy Glasses, Forever
If you’ve tried the above options for eliminating mask fog but haven’t been able to find something that works for you, there is another solution: LASIK eye surgery.
The rates for this procedure have soared since the onset of the COVID-19 virus and, considering that glasses-wearers have to deal with mask fog on a daily basis, we’re not at all surprised.
LASIK works by correcting your vision so that you don’t need glasses. No glasses equals no mask fog. A laser is used to reshape the cornea, which is the transparent dome on your eye’s surface. This changes the way your eyes receive light, improving vision.
Is LASIK Right for You?
Although a very high percentage of people who get LASIK enjoy completely restored vision, this procedure is only recommended for those who:
- Are over the age of 18
- Aren’t pregnant or nursing
- Have had a stable contact lens or glasses prescription for a minimum of one year
- Are in good general health with no medical conditions that can affect post-surgery healing
You also may not be a candidate if you have corneal thinning or extreme myopia. The best way to rule out these and other conditions that can affect your eligibility for LASIK is to discuss them with your ophthalmologist and receive a thorough evaluation.
Claim Your Free LASIK Consultation Today
If you wear glasses, mask fog is both an annoying and potentially serious problem that you may be able to eliminate forever with LASIK surgery. The surgeons at ADV Vision Centers possess over 40 years of combined experience with LASIK and other laser eye procedures.