Every summer the bathing suits go on, the sunscreen is applied, the cooler is packed and we’re off to the beaches and swimming pools. But if you can’t see too well without your eyeglasses, you may be missing out on some of the fun. This article will discuss options to help you have fun in the sun, and how to see all the action.
Goggles offer protection from the water and the sun, but by themselves offer nothing to correct the vision. However, you can have your prescription put into swim goggles offering the protection you want and the clear vision you need. If the eyeglass prescription is fairly mild, the traditional swim goggles will fit the bill. But for swimmers with high prescriptions it’s a whole new underwater world with prescription swim goggles.
Prescription Dive Masks
For the snorkelers and divers, there are prescription inserts that can be added to a diving mask. This is especially helpful for divers who need to keep tabs on their air gauge, compass, and depth monitor. Diving is an expensive sport, but an additional investment in a prescription diving mask can bring out all of the underwater beauty.
For swimmers, snorkelers, and divers, another option is single use contact lenses. Many companies now make contact lenses that are only worn one time. This is perfect for the patients who only want to wear contact lenses for the particular task. For example, a diver would insert the contact lenses before the beginning of the trip, wear their regular dive mask, and they’ll have clear underwater vision. The added bonus is that when then get back on the boat and remove their mask, they still have clear vision. At the end of the trip, the contact lenses are removed and thrown away. This option is inexpensive and offers more flexibilty than a prescription mask.
So protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses, apply sunscreen designed for the face around the eyes for protection, and consider your underwater vision options. Have fun!