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Some of you may think that this article here of mine is strictly for laughs. Well, you're perfectly welcome to your laughter. They say that laughter is therapeutic. Also, I do have to admit that I got a few chuckles myself in putting this article together. However, if you wear eyeglasses like me for any reason, you probably can relate to the contents of this article here of mine on a serious level.
If you are someone who has always worn eyeglasses all your life, then you have never known any differently and you might even initially think of my article as a pet peeve. However, if you are someone like me who has only needed eyeglasses for about a decade, then you can understand how I feel when I verbally long for the good old days when my vision was a perfect 20/20 and I didn't need eyeglasses at all.
One of my major complaints about the state jurisdiction I live in here in my nation is having to wear a mask everywhere I go in public inasmuch as my eyeglasses always fog up. Luckily, I don't need to wear eyeglasses to drive or do regular tasks such as mow the lawn or shovel snow from my driveway. However, I do wear them whenever I go inside a shop or a store.
I have two sets of prescription eyeglasses. One of them is strictly for reading printed material. The other one is for viewing the computer screen of my laptop or my desktop. I can actually use my eyeglasses meant for viewing a computer screen to read printed material. However, the quality of vision that they give me for that purpose is not as good as what I get from my eyeglasses that are strictly for reading printed material. Of course, I cannot use my eyeglasses that are strictly for reading printed material whenever I want to view the computer screen on my laptop or my desktop.
Whenever I go into a grocery store or a drug store, I always put on the eyeglasses that I normally use to view a computer screen inasmuch as I have no problem using them to read the labels or the price tags of the store items that I am seeking to purchase. However, ever since the state where I live started imposing temporary restrictions that require everyone to wear a mask out in public, I find that my eyeglasses are fogging up insofar as they become futile to me for anything. I can rub the fog off my lenses with my fingers, but then they become so smudged that they are still not easy to see out of.
Yesterday when I was at the grocery store, I was having a friendly conversation with one of the managers there about some coupons that I had received in the mail after they had expired; and at one point in our conversation, I asked her if she knew of anything that I could apply to the lenses of my prescription eyeglasses to make them fog-proof. As you have already probably figured out, she was wearing eyeglasses too. She told me that she had used shaving cream one time, but it did not work after that one time.
Later that same day, I went surfing around on the Internet to find out if there was such a thing as anti-fog spray that you could use on your eyeglasses. I was surprised at what I did find out.
1. Anti-Fog Lens Cleaner May Not Necessarily Be Safe For Prescription Eyeglasses
After I had surfed around on the Internet for so long, I came across anti-fog spray being advertised on Amazon.com that you could use to make the lenses on your eyeglasses fog-proof. I also came across another website that advertised anti-fog lens cleaner for that same purpose.
The problem that I was having with one of these above-described advertisements was that it did not mention anything about how safe it was to use on the lenses of prescription eye wear. I wouldn't even know if it would be safe to use on my sunglasses, because my sunglasses have a high-quality coating on their lenses to block out ultraviolet rays from the sun and I wouldn't want to mess them up. The advertisement on Amazon.com insisted that their anti-fog spray product line was safe on prescription eye wear. However, I am someone who needs the opinion of an eye doctor to be sure, although I have never had any problems with anything that I have purchased from Amazon.
So many years ago my mother gave me a bottle of eye wear cleaning solution with a cleaning cloth that she no longer needed. At the time I only needed one pair of eyeglasses to read printed material or view my computer screen. Because the cleaning solution that I had for my eyeglasses was getting low, I went ahead and used the cleaning solution and the cloth that my mother had given to clean my eyeglasses.
What I did not know at the time was that my eyeglasses required a specific type of cleaning solution. The cloth that my mother had given me was safe to use on the lenses of my eyeglasses. However, the cleaning solution gradually damaged the lenses over time until I could barely see out of these eyeglasses.
I had believed back then that there was something wrong with the way that my eyeglasses had been manufactured or something defective in the materials that were used to craft the lenses for them. Luckily, LensCrafters agreed to replace my eyeglasses at no cost to me so long as they were able to use the same frames for them. However, the specialist whom I dealt with there at LenCrafters was extremely emphatic with me about using only the cleaning solution that their company gave me to clean the lenses on my eyeglasses. He told me that it was okay to use the cloth that my mother had given me. However, I decided to use only the cloth that Lenscrafter had given me.
After that one ordeal, I made up my mind that I did not want to second-guess how safe any liquid was that I used on the lenses of either one of my eyeglasses. For that reason, I feel that I must get advice from either my optometrist or my ophthalmologist on what I can and cannot use to fog-proof the lenses on either of my eyeglasses. Hmmm. I have an appointment with my optometrist this Tuesday. I might as well ask him about it.
2. Lenses On Eyeglasses Can Be Customized To Be Fog-Proof
As I was surfing around on the Internet, I also stumbled across an advertisement for anti-fog eyeglasses. Okay. This would seem like the safest road to take in getting your eyeglasses to be fog-proof. Instead of rolling the dice with sprays or cleaning solutions that may damage the lenses on your eyeglasses, you now have the option of asking your optometrist or ophthalmologist to have special eyeglasses manufactured for you that are already fog-proof.
If you live in a nation that has Universal Healthcare or your private medical insurance has extensive vision care coverage, then purchasing fog-proof prescription eyeglasses may be the best choice you can make to ensure that you will never be struggling to see what is in front of you while you're wearing a mask and eyeglasses at the same time out in public. However, I live in the United States of America and my vision coverage has its limitations. Therefore, that would not be an affordable option for me.
If I had known that there was such a thing as fog-proof lenses in eye wear, I would have brought it to my optometrist's attention the last time that I visited him and I would have asked him to have my current two sets of eyeglasses manufactured to that same specification. Of course, that was shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic exploded to the magnitude at which it is now.
My best bet would simply be to find an anti-fog spray that has been tested and proven to work on all different kinds of lenses of eyeglasses so that I would never experience a repeat of that one ordeal I suffered so many years ago when the lenses on my previous set of eyeglasses corroded. Shucks! I wonder if people who wear contact lenses go through this same nonsense whenever they put on a mask to go into public places. I wouldn't know. I've never wanted to get contact lenses, because I'm afraid that I would misplace them or they would fall out of my eyes.
3. Finding A Solution To The Fog Problem With Eyeglasses Is Not Easy
Upon surfing around on the Internet, I decided to browse around on YouTube to see if there were any videos about fog-proofing eyeglasses while having to wear a mask out in public. Interestingly enough, I did find one video that specifically talked about it. You can watch that same video below.
Dr. Vijay Shenai Tests Different Solutions To Getting Rid Of Fog From Lenses On Prescription Eye Wear
According to Dr. Shenai's video above, the "Fog Stopper" product got an A plus for its effectiveness in keeping the lenses on prescription glasses from fogging up. Also, because Dr. Shenai is an expert on this topic, he would know that this solution will not damage the lenses on your prescription eyeglasses either.
Nevertheless, I still recommend that you speak with your optometrist or ophthalmologist before trying any such products on your prescription eyeglasses. Replacing eyeglasses is not cheap here in the land of milk and honey. Even if you live somewhere in the world that has Universal Healthcare, it is still a pain in the neck to get the lenses on your prescription eyeglasses replaced.
4. My Final Thoughts Regarding This Topic
Now and then a rerun of this one episode of The Twilight Zone airs on television wherein Burgess Meredith plays a man with eyeglasses who likes to read and a bomb goes off that turns his whereabouts into an apocalypse. There are mostly ruins and dead people around him afterwards. Because he was in some kind of bank vault when the blast occurred, he is completely unscathed from the disaster. It is assumed that the disaster occurred on a worldwide scale.
Nevertheless, this man is very happy that he has all the time in the world to read whatever he wants to and that he won't have to worry about food, because there is plenty of canned goods that he can consume in the ruins around him. That same episode of The Twilight Zone rudely ends where this poor man accidentally breaks the lenses on his eyeglasses and now he has nothing but time on his hands, because he no longer has any way of reading anything and there are no eye doctors still alive who can make him new eyeglasses.
Some of us may feel the same way as the character that Burgess Meredith played in the above-described episode of The Twilight Zone whenever we find ourselves in a situation in which the lenses on our eyeglasses are somehow brought out of focus from external elements. One time when I was working at an office, the men's restroom was a separate facility outside the building and I had to go out in the rain to get to it. I made the stupid mistake of forgetting to take my eyeglasses off before leaving the building and I found that my lenses had droplets of water on them that obstructed my vision after I walked around outside.
Luckily, this one co-worker of mine had some lens-wiping clothes in her purse, and she gave me some so that I could clear the water off of my lenses. However, these are small mishaps that can lead to major inconveniences whenever we depend on our eyeglasses for our work duties or for anything else.
People will tell you to get Lasik surgery if you don't like the inconveniences of eyeglasses and you don't want to mess with contact lenses. However, that is much easier said than done. When I got an iridotomy in both of my eyes, it was not a very comfortable feeling. Then again, none of us like the idea of getting any kind of eye surgery.
Now that a vaccination has been found for Coronavirus, hopefully state jurisdictions across our country will stop imposing requirements for people to wear masks out in public and none of us who wear prescription eyeglasses will have to worry about our lenses fogging up. Operation Warp Speed was a major accomplishment on the part of President Donald J. Trump. Whether Joe Biden can see this same government operation through remains to be seen.
In the meantime, those of us who have to wear our eyeglasses with our masks out in public have to find inventive solutions to keeping our lenses from fogging up. Our personal safety could depend upon it. Now, what about sunglasses? Well, that's another article for another time. Like most of you out there, I'm mainly worried about my prescription eyeglasses that I use getting fogged up because of my mask when I am out in public.
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Jason B Truth (author) from United States of America on August 21, 2021:
Ladies and gentlemen? Isn't this whole mask-wearing requirement through different parts of our nation getting old in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? If you wear eyeglasses for any reason as I do, you will definitely agree with what I have to say in my article above.