Whether you are using prescription glasses, shooting glasses, safety glasses, or even goggles, it can be quite a nuisance and quite frankly a hazard whenever they start fogging up. Whenever there is a drastic change in the surrounding temperature there is a chance for your glasses to start fogging up.
Best Anti-Fog For Glasses
Having fogged up glasses is not only frustrating to deal with but can be quite dangerous especially if the glasses or goggles you are using is being used for safety purposes. If you have to take your glasses off to remove the fog, you could be putting yourself in the way of the hazards you are trying to protect your eyes from.
So what are your options when it comes to keeping fog off of your glasses? Luckily there are plenty of products on the market that range from sprays to pastes that can be applied directly onto the lenses on your glasses to help reduce or eliminate fog buildup on the lenses. Here are some of the best anti-fog for glasses.
Anti-Fog Spray by Splaqua
This is currently one of the best rated anti-fog sprays available on the market today and helps eliminates fog on your glasses, goggles, or facemask. This spray also doubles as a lens cleaner and will remove dirt, smudges, oils, makeup or anything else that could be stuck to your lenses. This spray isn’t only limited to glasses but also works well on mirrors or windows to reduce fog as well.
Most users have had a good experience with this anti-fog spray however many users report that you will need to let the product completely dry (usually a couple of hours) on whatever you are trying to keep fog off of and then polish off with a microfiber cloth. Knowing that information, this could be a problem if you only have one pair of glasses to use. If you have time and ability to let the product dry on the lenses before polishing with a microfiber cloth, this spray has been reported to be successful on motorcycle helmets, swimming goggles, prescription glasses, paintball mask, and much more.
Defog It by Clarity
Quick Spit anti-fog spray will work on just about anything that could fog up and works great on anything that is glass or plastic. This anti-fog spray can be used for any wet or dry applications and is a natural, biodegradable and non-toxic formula.
Some users have found success using them on eye protection that they use for gardening. Other people did find success using this spray on their swim and diving goggles however many users cautioned that you should be thoroughly rinsing the inside of the goggles when going through the application process. Some users that failed to rinse the goggles properly before using them reported burning eyes. Most users report success in reducing or eliminating fog when used according to the instructions.
The manufacturer does not recommend it for use on prescription eyewear, more than likely due to prescription eyewear’s anti-reflective coating making defoggers less effective, but users have found that it does somewhat work on prescription lenses.
Cat Crap Anti-Fog by EK EKcessories Inc.
Cat Crap has been one of the long-time anti-fog brands for many years and has a pretty good reputation for being able to keep the fog away from your glasses and much more. Cat Crap comes in a spray as well as a paste in which the company claims works equally effective, but in my personal experience they both work well but the paste lasts a bit longer compared to the spray. If you use the spray, you will need to apply it every morning, keep in mind that if you clean your lenses with a different spray later on in the day you may reduce the effectiveness of the fog reduction.
Users have found success using this product on their rifle scopes and work well on a number of different types of goggles including swimming, snow sports, and safety goggles. Others found succeeding using it for cold weather motorcycle riding to help keep fog off of their face shields.
Anti-Fog for Glasses and Goggles by Z Clear Wax
The anti-fog wax that is made by Z Clear Wax is a compact lens cleaner and anti-fog that is safe for all types of lenses. It comes in a paste form and all you need to do is rub a little bit onto your lenses until it completely dries and polish off with a microfiber or cotton cloth. The paste will need to be applied daily or if you use any other lens cleaner on your lenses the paste will have to be reapplied. This paste is designed to work on prescription lenses but keep in mind that it is a bit less effective on lenses with anti-reflective coating.
Customers have stated that you really only need to use a little bit of the product for it to be the most effective. If you happen to put too much you can use some warm water and dish soap to remove the paste and reapply. Users have had success using it with a wide variety of products including sunglasses, prescription glasses, swimming goggles, motorcycle helmets and much more.
Fog Gone by Optix 55
This anti-fog spray by Optix 55 is one of the best if you need something that you can use fast on the go or even at home. Unlike other anti-fog products on the market Fog Gone does not require you to wait for the product to dry before wiping it off. All you need to do is spray a small amount on, rub the area evenly with your fingers, and polish off with a microfiber cloth.
Reviews for Fog Gone are mostly positive with most users finding that it works great on their goggles, facemask, eyeglasses and even on the windshield of their car. Some users in Texas and South Carolina mentioned it did exceptionally well in the humid climates that they are in. There are a few users that mentioned that it didn’t work on their car or glasses but did not mention the conditions that they were in.
Scope Dope Anti-Fog by EK Ekcessories
Here is another anti-fog made by EK Ekcessories that is designed to clean your lenses as well as reduce the amount of fog that they would get in quick temperature changes. The ingredients in Scope Dope are mild and is safe for all lenses and coatings including rifle scope lenses. Simply apply a bit of the paste on your fingers and rub onto the lenses and use a microfiber cloth to polish it off to finish.
Most users have mentioned that the product does help with fogging on glasses, sports glasses, and rifle scopes. Some users were long time users of EK EKcessories’ Cat Crap and felt like this was a more improved version. This paste is perfect for use on rifle scopes, binoculars, helmet mask, safety goggles, eyewear and much more.
Sea Drops Anti-Fog by Gear Aid
Sea Drops anti-fog and cleaner is another concentrate that is used as drops in which you apply to the lenses. The main difference between Sea Drops and many other anti-fog products is instead of polishing the product off with a cloth after it dries you simply just rinse the product off the lenses after you are done rubbing it onto the lenses.
Even though the product is designed for dive and snorkel mask Sea Drops works great on all glass and plastic surfaces and will work on eyeglasses, face masks, binoculars, and telescopes. Although the product states that it is not recommended for swim goggles many users have had success using them on their swim goggles. Other users have had success on motorcycle helmets and of course divers has had great success with their diving masks.
What Causes Fogging on Glasses?
Fogging can be annoying and a hazard, but what causes your glasses to fog up?
Fogging happens when the water that is in the air condenses onto the lenses of your glasses and essentially creates tons of tiny droplets of water that is stuck onto your lenses.
This happens when water vapor that is from your breath or sweat on your face cools down when it touches the cold lenses and causes the vapor to turn into a liquid form.
How to Keep Glasses From Fogging
Having your glasses get foggy on you can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with and that is especially true if you live in a humid or cold climate. But you don’t need to live in a humid or cold climate for your glasses to fog up, certain recreational activities or occupations can put you environments where there is a drastic change in temperatures can fog up your glasses as well. So how do you keep your glasses from fogging? Take a look at the tips below.
- Anti Fog Coatings – There are a number of manufacturers such as Opticote that created a hard coating that is applied to your lenses by the lab and it helps eliminate the moisture that would cause the fogging. This coating is applied onto the lenses before the lenses are cut to fit your specific frames and can be applied to any plastic, polycarbonate, trivex and high-index materials. Check your optical retailer for pricing and availability.
- Pick Your Outfit Carefully – You may not realize it but your outfit could potentially cause you to fog up your glasses, especially if you are causing air to be trapped around your glasses from turtle necks, hoodies, or scarfs. If you must use a scarf, make sure to get one that still lets some air pass through.
- Reposition Your Eyewear – Simply positioning your glasses slightly away from your face could create enough airflow to decrease or eliminate the amount of fog that you would typically get if you had your glasses closer to your face.
- Put a dab of Shaving Cream – This has always been one of those life hacks and you could apply shaving cream to any surface that fogs up and it will help reduce the fog and help you be able to see. You can use shaving cream on your bathroom mirrors, car windshields, face masks, and even your eyewear.
- Use a Bar of Soap – Applying bar soap onto your lenses and polishing it off will help reduce the amount of fog on your lenses and your glasses will take longer to fog.
- Don’t Use Them – I know you need them to see, but if you have alternate options such as contact lenses, those might be better for you to use while you are doing activities where your glasses could potentially get fogged up. Obviously, if you do not wear contacts then this isn’t an option for you.
- Use a Headband – Using a band for your head to help reduce the amount of sweat that eventually forms on your face during physical activity and as a result, could reduce the amount of fog that would be building up on your lenses during those intense workouts. You don’t need to be working out to be using a headband if you are in the kitchen cooking and your glasses get foggy, a headband could help here too.
- Use Anti Fog Products – As shown above, there are plenty of anti-fog products available on the market and these products will help your lenses reduce fog by locking the little water droplets that would cause fog from building up on your lenses.
If you have glasses and frequently encounter fog you should try to resolve it as quickly as you can, fog can obscure your vision and create a hazardous situation. That is especially true for those that are dealing with fog when you are on a motorcycle or have fog on glasses that you are wearing for safety purposes.
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