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Getting Back to Business: “Seeing clearly” when wearing face masks with glasses


Author: ADP Admin/Tuesday, August 4, 2020/Categories: Bulletin News

Let’s talk about fog, shall we? Fogged up glasses, to be specific. If you wear eyeglasses and have to venture out into the world for anything, it’s likely that this is a problem that you’ve faced. That’s because these days, going out into the world safely, means wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

So, you need to wear your mask, but you also need to wear your glasses. But together, these two can make things very unclear. 

So simple, yet so frustrating. 

But as frustrating as it is, the fact still remains that face masks have been championed by health organizations worldwide, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who recently released an article highlighting the importance of wearing face masks in helping to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

While it’s probably true that face masks aren’t the favorite item of clothing for most of us, it’s certainly one of the most necessary. And because it is necessary, we here at ADP TotalSource® want to do everything we can to make adjusting to this new “normal” as doable as possible. To help, we’ve put together a short list of tips to make mask-wearing a little easier for people who wear glasses. Check’em out below. Hopefully, they’ll make the fog dissipate: 

  1. Fit your mask to your face: A common reason why you may experience fogged lenses, is that your mask doesn’t fit your face well. When putting on your mask, make sure to pinch the top of the mask to fit the shape of your face. This will help in closing the gap that’s allowing the air to escape. If your mask doesn’t pinch at the bridge, use a small piece of medical or athletic tape to close the gap. If you don’t have either of those items, try a Band-Aid. 


  1. Wipe your lenses before wearing them: An anti-fogging solution or gently washing your lenses with soap and water before wearing them may help. This will keep water droplets from building up and creating that annoying fog. 


  1. Adjust your glasses: Pushing your glasses forward on your nose will allow more air to circulate and keep your breath from fogging up your vision. 


  1. Rest your glasses on your face mask: Try pulling your mask up, over your nose and resting your glasses on top of the opening. This will help block the air from escaping and prevent fogging. Note: If you try this, make sure that your mask still fits properly over your face. Your nose and mouth should be covered in their entirety. 


To view and print a poster that will remind your employees to stay proactive about preventing the spread of COVID-19, click here. And if your company is in need of a source for safety equipment available in small quantities, log in to My TotalSource® and check out ALT Partners in the “Workplace Safety Quick Links” section of the Getting back to business checklist. They are a safety equipment supply company offering PPE options including N95 masks, 3-ply face masks hand sanitizer and more (while supplies last). 

This Getting back to business insight has been brought to you by our Risk & Safety and HR specialists, supporting you during these uncharted times. We hope you find these tips helpful and look forward to continuing to offer our 70 years of knowledge, tools and talents in the service of you and your business.

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