Wearing masks safely

Exempt? – Download the government approved cards / badges or phone photo here.

When living with sight loss we recommend that you try on your mask at home first and get used to navigating your home wearing the mask, before heading to the shops or using public transport.


Senior Outreach Worker, Kirstie, says:

When I first wore my mask, I found it restricted my peripheral vision which I rely upon to get around. I would suggest trying your mask on at home first and seeing if, or how, this affects your vision and maybe get used to navigating your home wearing the mask first before heading to the shops or using public transport


Here are a few tips from The World Health Organisation (WHO) on how to wear and store your face mask/covering appropriately:

  • Wash your hands before and after touching your mask.
  • Cover your mouth, nose and chin and adjust the mask so there are no gaps on the sides.
  • Avoid touching the mask when wearing it, and use the straps to put it on and take it off.
  • Store in a clean plastic, resealable bag after use and wash the mask at least once a day, with your normal laundry.


Watch & listen to this helpful video produced by the Sight Loss Councils in which one of their vision impaired members explains how to put on and take off a face covering correctly.


To prevent your glasses from fogging up while wearing your face covering wash them in soapy water – but avoid those with a citrus base which contain damaging fruit acids or those with softeners which leave a residue.


For anyone who is exempt from wearing a face covering, you can download an exemption card online to display on a  mobile device or to print out as a card or badge.

For more information about the Governments Guidance on face masks, please visit their website here.

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