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    "Foggy" eyeglasses - how to cope with them?

    I've been commuting by bike for the last several weeks. This morning, I had my eyeglasses fogged up for the first time, probably due to the low temperature (35 F) and me getting warmed up. I ended up lowering the glasses so I can see above the frame. (My vision isn't great but still allows me to drive without correction.) That was very awkward, to say the least.

    How do you guys deal with this issue? I guess I could have a towel and wipe the lenses as necessary, but I'm hoping that I can apply some kind of chemical to prevent the surface from getting fogged up (without ruining the coating). Any advice? In the worst case scenario, I could ride without glasses, but I'd like to avoid it if possible.

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    I take mine off if they get too foggy but I have also had luck with shaving cream. Spread it on and wipe it off with a dry towel. It lasts for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    I take mine off if they get too foggy but I have also had luck with shaving cream. Spread it on and wipe it off with a dry towel. It lasts for a while.
    Thanks for the info! I'd never have thought about using shaving cream. Of course, I don't have it at home. I'm an electric shaver user. LOL

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    Tip: Homemade Anti Fog for Goggles and Visors
    http://dualsportalchemy.com/2013/08/...gles-fog-free/

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    They also do a Demister which works on the inside.I use this on the out sidehttp://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_222433_langId_-1_categoryId_255225

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    Divers reduce mask fog by spitting into the mask, spreading about, then washing out in the sea. I don't know if this is workable for glasses - but there it is.

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    I throw mine in the handlebar bag and keep going. I can't read the signs and sometimes mistake deer for joggers, but other than that I am fortunate enough that my prescription isn't so bad that I am helpless without them. I've ridden my route so many times I know what the signs say already anyway. Now if I could just convince the deer not to wear earbuds I'd be in good shape.
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    You can also buy anti-fogging spray at ski shops in pocket-sized cans. I haven't tried that for cycling but it's great for skiing, especially if you wear prescription glasses or prescription sunglasses under skiing goggles as I do when it's snowing or super-cold on the mountain.

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    I wear contact lenses.

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    I find that sliding my glasses down my nose, away from my face, will help de-fog them a bit...just getting some airflow helps dramatically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surrealdeal View Post
    I throw mine in the handlebar bag and keep going. I can't read the signs and sometimes mistake deer for joggers, but other than that I am fortunate enough that my prescription isn't so bad that I am helpless without them. I've ridden my route so many times I know what the signs say already anyway. Now if I could just convince the deer not to wear earbuds I'd be in good shape.
    I rode in without my glasses this morning. It wasn't bad at all. My IOLs (intraocular lenses) are tuned for distance, so I had little trouble seeing signs and potential road hazards. Things closer to me were more blurry, but I don't need to look at my onboard computer while riding.

    OTOH, it's probably a good idea to keep my glasses within reach in case I need them. I tossed mine into the rear pannier, so it would have been awkward if I'd had to take them out during my ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattFoley View Post
    I find that sliding my glasses down my nose, away from my face, will help de-fog them a bit...just getting some airflow helps dramatically.
    I tried that, but it somehow didn't work for me. It may have to do with the shape of the frame/lenses. Or maybe I kept them too close to my face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
    I wear contact lenses.
    That's the only thing that really works for me. It also cures the rain on glasses problem. Unlike the OP, I can't ride without my glasses. My eyes are pretty bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaT120 View Post
    That's the only thing that really works for me. It also cures the rain on glasses problem. Unlike the OP, I can't ride without my glasses. My eyes are pretty bad.
    I can't wear contact lenses. I tried them when I was in school, but my right eye somehow never liked to have an object inserted in it. I'd always get swollen eyelids. I had to give up. Maybe the modern contact lenses are better.
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    i found pushing them down the nose helps with airflow but one time. I also found taking off my arm warmers lowered my body temperature plus a stop/ wipe with bandana they stayed clear.
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