Fogged up Glasses

Nameless Range

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My eyes are pretty bad..

I typically wear contact lenses, but every once in a while I will be in the field with glasses on. Whether I'm backpacking or hunting, I always bring a pair of glasses in case one of my contacts bite the dust.

My issue is that whenever I am hiking with my glasses on, they fog up terribly. Last hunting season I had it happen to the point that for all intensive purposes I was no longer hunting. I just went shed hunting the other day and was cussing myself for not wearing my contacts.

It has nothing to do with the direction of my breath, and is a product of the fact that I run hot, and the warmth and moisture coming from my face is enough to fog them up. I end up stopping every 30 yards to wipe them clear, which results in a sort of madness.

I have tried internet remedies like washing them with dish soap or shaving cream and not entirely rinsing it off, as well as the impulse buy defogging products sold at the counter in sporting goods stores. Neither have worked.

Do any of you have any tricks or products you have tried that you have found work well for you?
 

Southwind

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There are several anti fog products you can buy. Zeiss has one I like. Or, my old stand by I learned through scuba diving is spit. Spit on the lens spread around and wash off, fog free. It really does work.
 

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If you're a candidate, I'd strongly consider surgery. I had Lasik done to correct my vision and it has been the best money I have ever spent on any one thing or service. Not having to deal with contacts alone while outdoors was more than worth the price.

To keep it on topic, if my eyes fog up is generally due to self administered alcohol products... ;)
 

Nameless Range

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Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I'll give them a whirl.

1_Pointer, I hear that from a lot of people. I have always assumed it was too cost prohibitive for me, but now that I think about it I have never pursued even finding out. I will now.
 

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1_Pointer, I hear that from a lot of people. I have always assumed it was too cost prohibitive for me, but now that I think about it I have never pursued even finding out. I will now.

If you can swing it, you will probably agree it was the best money you have ever spent on hunting gear!! ;)

I had it done about 10 years ago, and I would give my Swaro back, before I gave back my 20/10 vision.
 

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I was in the same boat with waiting on the lasik. Never thought the inconvenience of contacts was worth the money. But after 25 years of contacts/glasses, I did the lasik on February 20th. Pretty awesome waking up the next morning to 20/15 vision and throwing away the glasses and contacts.

Most places offer financing, payment options if you can't pay the $4,000 up front. Of course there are always negative risks but they'll tell you in the consultation if you are a good candidate or not.
 

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I wore glasses for over 30 years and I tried everything on the market to prevent fogging. Absolutely nothing is 100% effective at preventing fog. In fact most tricks or anti-fog methods work "only okay" about half the time. I finally saved up enough money a few years ago and got Lasik surgery. It solved a ton of issues for me. My eyesight is the best it's ever been. Even better than when I wore prescription glasses. It is 20/15 which btw is pretty darn good and better than 20/20. I see way more stuff while out hunting. No more fogged glasses. No more rain or snow on my glasses, No more glasses sliding off my nose when I'm sweating too much as I hike up the mountain or pack an animal out on my back. No more buying new glasses every few years. The only thing I use glasses for is reading or up close work. I just buy reading glasses for less than $20.00 and keep a pair handy where ever I'm at. As far as outdoor activities go I wore say that Lasik improved my life style 10 fold or better.
 

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I had RK surgery years ago and then Lasik on top of that, as a result I am now using a sclera lens the last couple months and am very happy with them. Glad to be rid of the fogging glasses problem. My question is how to clean and handle the sclera lens in the field as I will be backpacking and living in the woods many nights this year. Any experience or suggestions will be appreciated.
 

1_pointer

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Nameless- It can be a chunk of change. Now amortize the cost of the surgery over a 10-20 year time frame and compare that to the costs for glasses, contacts, solution, and throw in a bit for hassle. For me the surgery was cheaper!

Eventually I will probably have to go to reading glasses for up close work, most folks due as our cornea loses flexibility. But, If that doesn't happen until I'm Big Sky's age I'll have a long time to wait! ;)
 

Nameless Range

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Over 4 years ago I put this post up, and the recommendations of the LASIK proponents planted a seed in my melon.

Took the day off today to eat a chicken fried steak with my better half at the Last Chance Casino in Helena, and then we are headed to Great Falls to get it done this afternoon. May the laser beams on my eyeballs be steady.

Pretty pumped!
 

Mthuntr

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My buddy got Lasik in Aug. One eye is being stubborn and will require a touch up. He comments every time we hunt how great no glasses is. As a side note he gets dry eyes pretty bad after surgery so he always has the tears eye drops
 
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