More than 8 in 10 Spectacles Wearers Experience Mask-Related Fogging, According to New CooperVision Report

The latest CooperVision Consumer Insights Series report is clearing up several questions about facemask-related spectacles and glasses fogging while offering in-practice guidance for eye care professionals. A Global Perspective on Spectacle Fogging is now available for download.

A survey commissioned by CooperVision and conducted by YouGov queried more than 8,000 adult spectacles wearers in eight countries: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. The sample was well distributed, including similar numbers of spectacles-only and dual wearers (spectacles and contact lenses) respondents in each nation.

More than 8 in 10 people reported spectacle fogging when using a mask. The findings match a separately conducted CooperVision-sponsored study in Europe, where 86% of respondents said they had the same challenge.

A significant proportion of the dual wearing population turned to their contact lenses as a solution for fogging. 38% said they used their contact lenses more frequently. 31% shared they wore contact lenses in situations or for activities where they would have previously relied on their spectacles.

Spectacles-only respondents reported trying multiple actions to alleviate the problem. Almost 1 in 3 (30%) had removed their spectacles at the risk of not seeing clearly. And while 9% had taken off their mask completely, another 21% said they had worn their masks incorrectly (e.g., leaving the nose uncovered) to seek relief.

Perhaps even more striking was that although about 1 in 5 people searched for a solution online, a mere 2% of respondents had contacted their eye care professional for advice.

“Considering how common mask-related fogging has become, there’s enormous opportunity for ECPs to take the lead in helping their patients,” said Simon Seshadri, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for CooperVision. “We know that many affected spectacles wearers are considering contact lenses—nearly half of people, according to one study—among their other options. By prompting these conversations, practitioners can assist patients with their vision, mitigate fogging challenges that are shown to decrease mask use during the pandemic, and bring in additional revenue. It’s doing well for all by doing good for all.”

The Consumer Insights Series report recommends the ECPs take three steps to engaging spectacles wearers about fogging: be proactive; provide tips that include wipes, sprays and redirecting exhaled airflow; and consider the extra flexibility of contact lens wear.

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