Facemasks are now as important an item as our keys and wallet when we’re leaving the house, as they must now be worn in all public spaces, even when social distancing can be respected. These new rules require increased mask use, but for glasses wearers they can create unexpected challenges.

Between March and May, there was a 640% increase in online searches in Spain for how to tackle the problem of glasses steaming up. That is why Giles Edmonds, Specsavers clinical services director, is sharing his simple advice to keep vision clear while staying safe.

Mr Edmonds says: ‘There are a few difficulties people face when it comes to wearing a face mask while also wearing glasses. One of the most common complaints is that glasses can get steamed up, making it more difficult to see. Wherever possible, particularly for healthcare staff and other key workers, our advice is to wear contact lenses. But we appreciate this is not the best option for everyone.

‘If that isn’t an option, you need to make sure that the facemask fits tightly around your nose and cheeks as this reduces the amount of breath escaping and causing condensation on the lenses.’

Here are our top tips when wearing glasses and facemasks:

1. Stop slipping by wrapping the string of the facemask around the sides of your glasses, rather than your ears – just make sure you’re careful when taking off your glasses as your mask will be attached

2. If you can (and it’s comfortable), pull your mask further up your nose and place glasses on top. This will help seal the mask around your nose, stopping the warm air from your breath escaping and steaming up your lenses

3. Try using a piece of surgical tape to hold your mask in place on the bridge of your glasses and give your specs additional grip.

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