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Eyeglasses Fogging Up?

Tips from our Calgary on what to do, and what not to do

Foggy eyeglasses have always been a pesky problem, and wearing masks has made this nuisance a whole lot worse. Why do glasses fog up? How can you wear a mask and still enjoy clear vision for working, shopping or just getting through the day? Your eye doctor near me in Calgary, Alberta shares helpful advice that works.

The science behind foggy eyeglasses

The process is pretty simple. Condensation (tiny drops of liquid) generally forms whenever warm air hits a cool surface. All eyeglasses wearers are familiar with this phenomenon in the winter, when walking into a warm building from the cold outdoors. The same reaction happens when you put on a mask. Warm breath escapes through the opening at the top of the mask and makes contact with your glasses lenses. Fog is the result.

How to wear masks and fight fog

Wipe with soap and water

Soapy water and a soft cloth will often do the trick. Wash your lenses with soapy water and give them a shake to get rid of the excess liquid. Let your eyeglasses air dry, or wipe them with a soft cloth before putting them back on your face. The soap leaves a thin film that functions as a barrier against fog.

Disclaimer: Check with your optician first to make sure your eyeglasses don’t have a special lens coating that could get ruined by this hack.

Get the right fit

Masks need to fit securely over the nose. When you’re wearing eyeglasses, a mask that has a nose bridge that can be shaped to fit the face is ideal. It will prevent warm air from exiting up to your lenses. If you prefer home-made masks, you can enhance the fit by sewing a twist-tie or pipe cleaner into the top, creating a strip that can be molded more closely to your face.

Seal your mask with your frames

Changing the way you wear your face gear may help. Pull your mask higher on your nose and use your eyeglasses to seal the top edge, shaping it to your face. This secure fit will block warm air from exiting the top of your mask.

If you need a “fix it and forget it” method of sealing your mask, try using surgical tape to attach your mask to the bridge of your nose and cheeks. Only use tape intended as a skin adhesive, and if you have sensitive skin, test this out in advance to make sure it doesn’t irritate you.

Spritz anti-fog spray

A variety of anti-fog sprays are on the market. Stop by our Calgary optical store near me to pick up a bottle. To find the right type for you, consult with our optician about any protective coatings you may have on your eyeglasses lenses.

What not to do in your fight against fog

In the wake of Covid-19, tips and advice about this contemporary problem are plentiful. Yet, not all of them should be put in practice! Our eye doctor warns against the following anti-fog actions:

  • Don’t use toothpaste on your eyeglasses, as the gritty bits can scratch your lenses.
  • Don’t rub your glasses with a potato. This is advice that may have helped your grandpa years ago with the windshield of his car, but it’s not a good idea for your eyeglasses.
  • Don’t spit on your lenses (seriously, it’s just gross). Use a certified lens cleaner instead.
  • Don’t rinse eyeglasses in damaging hot water; lukewarm water is as heated as it should get.
  • Don’t use household cleaners, like glass spray, vinegar or ammonia, on lens treatments.

To enjoy clear vision, stop by Browz Eyeware in Calgary, Alberta, anytime! We offer anti-fog spray and other solutions to optimize your vision.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Calgary eye doctors.

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Eye Allergies & How Your Calgary Eye Doctor Can Help

Tips and treatment for relieving itchy, red eyes

Blossoming buds and lush, green grass can be a beautiful sight – unless you suffer from eye allergies. If your eyes or eyelids are red, puffy, watery or itchy, you probably have allergic conjunctivitis. If you’re an indoors type and generally avoid plant life but still suffer from these pesky symptoms, other allergic irritants include mold spores, dust mites and pet dander.

No matter which allergen is irritating your eyes, our Calgary eye doctor can help alleviate your painful vision.

What are eye allergies?

The uncomfortable symptoms appear in reaction to your immune system identifying a substance as an allergen. In response, your body manufactures antibodies that release histamines into your cells, leading to all those irritating sensations. While your vision isn’t in any danger, there’s no doubt that the symptoms can be severe and painful.

How are eye allergies treated?

Avoidance is the golden rule when it comes to treating eye allergies. But what can you do when the irritant can’t be fully avoided?

  • Invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove indoor allergens
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes
  • Always wash your hands after petting any furry creatures or touching plants
  • Apply saline eye drops regularly to rinse your eyes
  • Use oral antihistamine medications and OTC eye drops; consult with our Calgary eye doctor about which types are best
  • Prescription drugs may be used to relieve your symptoms
  • Reduce your wearing time for contact lenses, because airborne allergens can build up on contacts (or switch to daily disposables)

Visit our eye doctor in Calgary

Beware, the symptoms of eye allergies could indicate a different medical problem. That’s why it’s essential to get an eye exam and diagnosis from our Calgary eye doctor.

At Browz Eyeware, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-600-0644 or book an appointment online to see one of our Calgary eye doctors.

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