Colorado Optometrists Give Tips to Prevent Masks from Fogging Up Glasses

Many Coloradans who wear glasses for vision challenges have been struggling to properly wear masks in public due to their prescription glasses or sunglasses fogging up. The Colorado Optometric Association, 2020 Eyes Colorado and Colorado’s doctors of optometry have compiled the following solutions to make mask wearing easier. These tips will help you reduce or eliminate fogging and keep you from touching your mask and face when in public.

Now let’s talk about making mask wearing with glasses easier!

Using Medical Tape
Applying medical tape to the top of the mask across the nose and cheeks will significantly reduce fogging since the air flow will have to find a different path to exit the mask. This is great for use in public places when you don’t want to fidget with your mask or glasses, but it can irritate sensitive skin. If irritation occurs, individuals can try different types of medical tape or limiting using tape for a bi-weekly shopping trip or only in higher risk situations.

Washing Lenses with Dish Soap
This anti-fogging method has been used by surgeons, scuba divers, and now the general public. Immediately before wearing a mask, wash lenses with dish soap and then dry the lenses with a lens cloth. The soapy water leaves a thin film on the lenses that reduces surface tension and spreads water droplets evenly across the surface so the condensation is not visible. Be careful not to scratch the lenses when drying!

Putting Tissue Inside of the Mask
Simply use a tissue folded into a rectangle and tape inside of your mask across the bridge of your nose. This will act as a barrier to fogging glasses and the tissue also absorbs moisture build up inside the mask.

Why wear a mask? The CDC and Governor Polis recommend that the public wear cloth face masks in public settings in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19. Cloth masks can be made at home using household items or low-cost items and should be washed regularly. It’s important to note that individuals should not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when wearing or removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing. Masks should not be worn by children under 2 years of age. Learn more about face masks and view instructions on making them on the CDC website.

What to Do for an Eye Health Emergency During Covid-19

March 23, 2020 – If you experience an eye or vision emergency during the closures of the Covid-19 pandemic, you are urged to seek care through your optometrist. Many optometry offices remain open for essential and emergency care.

Colorado’s optometrists are taking steps to remain available for care for those patients needing urgent and/or essential care.  This will also be a great benefit to Colorado’s hospital emergency rooms, who are not in a position to treat eye emergencies at this time.

Many offices are able to address the following issues via tele-health or curbside pick-up:

  • Red Eye (aka: pink eye or conjunctivitis)
  • Broken Glasses
  • Contact Lens Refills (usually via mail)
  • Other Eye Emergencies
  • Other Essential Care Appointments

“We are open for emergencies and urgencies. An individual in need of eye care will call the office and we then triage to see if we can take care of them over the phone. If not, we have them come to the office, but the door is locked and we will let them in,” says Melissa Tada, OD of Mountain View Vision in Colorado Springs.

Each optometry office has different processes and circumstances so call your optometrist to see what level of care they are able to provide during this time. Try your best to stay out of the overloaded emergency care offices.

If you’re having an eye care emergency and need a new optometrist you can Find an Optometrist here.

One Simple Way to Prevent Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries at Any Age

Did you know that you’re at a higher risk for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or concussion if you’re male, play sports or drive a car? For Coloradans the highest risk occurs in age groups 15-24 years and 65+.2

The leading causes of TBIs are:

  • Falls (47%)
  • Struck by/against (15%)
  • Motor vehicle-traffic crashes (14%)
  • Assaults (11%)
  • Other/Unknown (13%) 3

Colorado emergency rooms see an average of 23,500 visits annually due to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)1. A concussion is considered to be a mild brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head that produces changes in normal brain function following the impact. Typically, concussions are not life-threatening, but their after affects can be serious and impact quality of life, as well as, daily functioning.

If not properly treated Concussions can continue to impact quality of life well beyond the typical rehabilitation period, but there is a simple way to reduce your risk of ever experiencing a concussion.

So what is it? Drum roll please…

Get an annual comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist!

Yes, it’s that simple. Keeping your eyesight in tip top shape will give you the edge in any situation where your TBI risk is elevated. 20/20 vision can reduce falls, car accidents, sports injuries, and more. In addition, an optometrist can identify undiagnosed concussions that may have been overlooked and then create a vision rehabilitation plan for treatment.

*In light of Covid-19 and various public health needs the Colorado Optometric Association encourages you to find an optometrist today while adhering to current social distancing and quarantine guidelines. 

1 (2019). Brain Injury Facts & Figures. Retrieved from https://biacolorado.org/brain-injury-facts-figures/

2 https://biacolorado.org/brain-injury-facts-figures/

3 https://biacolorado.org/brain-injury-facts-figures/

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