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Simple trick can stop glasses from fogging over with coronavirus mask, says Winnipeg optometrist

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WATCH: Optometrist Dr. Nadine Shelton has tips to avoid glasses fogging up while wearing them with a face mask. – Sep 4, 2020

As more and more people start wearing face masks, more and more people with glasses are running into a not-so-clear problem — foggy glasses.

But there are things you can do to clear things up, according to Winnipeg-based optometrist, Dr. Nadine Shelton.

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Shelton says there’s actually a couple tricks, depending on the style of mask you’re wearing.

Some masks have a thin layer of metal on the top that can be pinched, creating a tighter seal around the nose. Shelton says to definitely take advantage of that feature if you can.

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“You just want to make sure you pinch it as tight as you can,” she said.

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“But if that’s not enough you can also do a sort of weather-stripping trick.”

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Shelton’s “weather-stripping trick” can be used on all types of masks, including homemade ones, and involves using a Kleenex to further stop any of your breath from heading up up your nose and under your glasses.

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“You take a little bit of Kleenex that you fold up, you’re going to put that into the very top of the nose part,” she said.

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“That kind of stops the air from going up into the glasses.”

If all else fails, you can also make sure the top of your fabric mask rides up as high as it can go over your nose, Shelton suggests.

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“So that it’s actually close to your eyes, but your glasses are actually pushing down on the mask and that’s going to stop it from fogging,” she said.

“It’s not perfect all the time, but it works.”

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