If you require glasses to see clearly, you may also want to purchase swim goggles with prescription lenses for swimming in the pool or ocean. Luckily, there are swimming goggles available with corrective/optical lenses to help you.
Prescription/correction/optical goggles come with ready-made spherical lenses of varying strengths known as dioptres, or step dioptres. This type of lens production is similar to the generic reading glasses found in pharmacies: the prescription will be a close match to your own, but may not be as precise as that in the glasses or contact lenses you use every day. For use in the water (an already-blurry environment), step dioptre corrective lens goggles are perfectly adequate. They are also more widely available and affordable than custom-made prescription goggles from an optometrist.
Negative dioptre lenses are the most commonly available for goggles, and are intended for those with near-sighted or myopic vision. Lenses range in dioptres from -2.0 to -10.0 and come in increments of 0.5.
Positive dioptre lenses are for far-sighted swimmers, and are less common. Lenses range in dioptres from +1.0 to +6.0 and again come in increments of 0.5.
Please Consult your Optometrist
We strongly recommend that you consult your optometrist about which swimming vision correction solution is best for you. Please feel free to show them this information. Your optometrist will be able to work out which solutions are available to you and make recommendations as to what to get.
We are not optometrists and can't read your script to determine if a corrective lens goggle will work for you. Correction/optical lenses typically will work for the vast majority of people, but some eye shapes can't be accommodated this way.
Your prescription may need to be changed, because the distance between the lens of your swimming goggles and your eyes typically is different from the distance between your eyeglasses lenses and your eyes. (This also is one of the reasons your contact lens prescription is different from your eyeglass prescription if you have moderate or high myopia.) An eye care professional specialising in sports eye wear can adjust your prescription for underwater use.
Your optometrist will also be able to provide you with the best spherical correction dioptre values for your left and right eyes given the half dioptre increments of corrective lenses. Then you can order your corrective lens goggles from The Scuba Doctor with confidence in achieving a great outcome.
Melbourne: David Glennie is an optometrist and experienced scuba diver. His team can check your eyes and translate your script into the values we need for your corrective lenses. They can even show you how it will work.
David Glennie, Karingal Optical
Shop 39, Karingal Hub, 330 Cranbourne Road, Frankston VIC 3199
Tel. 03 9789 4811 www.optometristfrankston.com.au
Whatever your preference, there are plentiful corrective/optical lens options available to ensure that everyone can see clearly to experience the beauty and wonder of the underwater world while swimming.
Fitting the Correction Lenses
If you buy your swim goggles complete with two corrective lenses from The Scuba Doctor, we will fit the optical lenses to the goggles for you before sending the swimming goggles out.
Order today and your goggles with corrective lenses will usually Ship the next Business Day.
We typically place orders for your goggles with corrective lenses to our suppliers the same day we receive the order from you. In some cases they will be shipped direct to you from the suppliers the same business day, or if not, the next business day. The suppliers are Sydney based, so you need to allow for the usual postal delivery times for the package to reach you.
Prescription swimming goggles may be a bit more expensive than non-prescription goggles, but they are still very affordable (and getting more so every year). If you are having trouble deciding which optical swim goggles to buy, consider asking your optometrist. Once you have your goggles, it may take a few minutes for your eyes to adjust to new lens, but after a short adjustment period, you should be able to use them adequately in the pool.