If you’re under the age of two, have difficulty breathing, or are unconscious or incapacitated, you’re exempt from wearing a face mask by the CDC’s current guidelines. If not, you’re squarely in mask-wearing territory with the rest of us. The good news is that we’re getting a little bit better at integrating them into our wardrobes. There are enough embroidered, multi-colored, reversible, and otherwise patterned masks on Instagram to fill an issue of Vogue. It’s not nothing. Wearing a face mask can be a visceral reminder of the danger that we face stepping out the door. Wearing a bejeweled face mask? That makes the uncertainty we confront every day a little more livable.
The bad news, of course, is that we’re squarely into sunglasses season, and there’s nothing like a face mask (bejeweled or otherwise) to fog up your favorite lenses. (If you, like many of us, depend on a pair of glasses to, you know, see correctly, this is nothing new). You’ve tried tightening the seal across the top of your mask, like experts recommend, to no avail. Enter, Nic Jam, whose now-viral Facebook post could save you from months of uncomfortable, fogged-up lenses that are more of a hindrance to your eyesight than anything else. “To people who don’t wear glasses, this might sound dramatic but, fellow eyeglass wearers will understand, you’re changing lives!!!” says one grateful commenter.
Sew a button on your mask for fog-free glasses
Nic Jam’s face mask hack centers around a needle, a bit of thread, and a button. “I sewed a button on to my mask so my glasses can rest a bit further away from my face but not slip off. No more fogging up or constant adjusting,” Jam writes in her post. We haven’t tried it yet, but plenty of the 3,500 comments on her hack suggests that it does, in fact, work.
Of course, as one Facebook commenter points out, “prescription glasses not properly seated on the bridge of your nose distorts your prescription.” So if you find that your eyesight is dependent on glasses sitting on your face, exactly as the optician intended, this hack may not be for you. Likewise, if you work in healthcare, like another commenter did, and have to change masks on a daily basis, you may be better served by Madeline Bury’s Facebook mask-hack. To “keep your glasses from fogging up for literally hours,” Bury suggests using a bit of medical tape along the top of your mask to fasten it snuggly to your face.
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