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

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Although they offer protection from COVID-19, the worst part about wearing a face mask for eyeglass wearers is misting your glasses every time you take a breath. Fog makes it nearly impossible to see, and when combined with the cold outside weather, it presents an unpleasant and potentially dangerous dilemma.

I can’t remember the number of times I’ve taken my glasses off in frustration and quickly wiped them with any easily accessible piece of cloth, just so I didn’t run into anything.

I was familiar with sprays and anti-fog fabrics, but after a recent study from Duke University came out noting chemicals in some of these products could be harmful, I was hesitant to use them. Prior to this discovery, I had reached out to Jessica Reyes-Meliti, a licensed optometrist in New York State and general manager of Claremont Nichols Opticians, for information on how these sprays and fabrics work.

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

The Duke study found that many anti-fog sprays and fabrics contained high levels of fluorobutyl alcohols (FTOHs) and fluorotelomere ethoxylates (FTEOs), which are two types of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS). PFAS is widely used as “forever chemicals” that degrade slowly and have therefore been found surviving at low levels in the environment and humans. There are thousands of types of PFAS, and while the science is still out on whether there is any potential harm from FTOHs and FTEOs specifically, some other PFAS are known to be linked to poor immune function, cancer, thyroid disease, and other health conditions.

With this new information in mind, I researched alternative ways to prevent fogging of my glasses, and found other tools and hacks to help in addition to the Mileti spray recommendation.

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Zeiss anti-fog spray

“Zeiss spray leaves behind a thin film on lenses that can prevent fogging for up to 72 hours,” Meletti said. “Simply spray the cloth twice and spread it over both sides of the lenses until it dries completely.”

Although the ingredients included in this specific spray are “water, special detergents, and preservatives,” a Zeiss spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost that while the spray contains some PFAS, it does not contain PFOA or PFOS, which are two common types of PFAS. known to be harmful. “There are no studies showing a link between the substances used in Zeiss products and the health conditions reported in recent reports,” the company said.

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Aluminum sticky nose wires

One way to tackle the problem of foggy glasses is to improve the mask you’re wearing. The wires help your mask conform to the shape of your face and prevent your breath from escaping from the top of the mask. If it does not have a nose wire or a wire Do It doesn’t bend or stay in place well enough, sticky nose wires may be just what you need. All you have to do is peel one off the sheet, apply it properly to your mask and fold it so that your masks fit better.

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Mild dish soap such as Mrs. Mayer Clean Day dish soap

Yes, gentle dish soap (without moisturizers) can help prevent cloudy lenses. Rub one drop on both sides of each lens and rinse with water. Then let your glass air dry, which will create a thin film that prevents condensation from forming on the lens. With this method, a little bit really goes a long way, so make sure you only use one drop per lens.

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