Sports Scuba Diving Mask and other underwater eyewear

Scuba diving masks and other underwater eyewear is designed to give you better vision while enjoying underwater activities.

They are the better choice than swim goggles for snorkeling or scuba diving. These larger masks cover your eyes from your forehead to your cheekbones, providing a large pocket of air for better light conduction.

The lens in a scuba diving mask is farther from your eyes than in everyday eyeglasses. The increased distance means that the prescription will be different than in your eyeglasses.

Look for an eye doctor or lens provider that specializes in sports eyewear. These professionals will be able to prescribe and provide the best scuba diving mask for your specific activities.

How Do Sports Diving Masks Differ from Standard Diving Masks?

Scuba mask lenses can be made to your prescription. These will correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness, and sometimes astigmatism for your personal best underwater vision.

They can also be purchased off-the-rack with a single prescription if your correction is the same in both eyes. Off-the-rack lenses probably won’t correct astigmatism.

Scuba masks can include either a prescription lens or a place to insert prescription lenses on the inside of the face shield. The lens inserts make it possible for contact wearers to use the diving mask with or without prescription inserts.

About Wearing Contact Lenses with Diving Masks

The lens insert option offers a safer alternative to contact wearers. Never the less, contact wearers still have the option of using their contact lenses when diving or snorkeling.

Wearing contact lenses while scuba diving or snorkeling poses a higher risk of infection. When your eyes are exposed directly to recreational waters they are also exposed to the bacteria, fungi, and other organisms in those waters. Contact lenses can trap those organisms and create a greater chance of infection.

While the scuba mask is designed to prevent water from contacting your eyes, there is always the chance that water can leak in if the mask is misaligned. It can also get into your eyes if water splashes in your face while your mask is off.

Different types of contact lenses will affect your eyes differently under water. Pressure increases dramatically in as little as 10 or 12 feet of water. This pressure acts on the contacts by pushing them against the corneal surface.

If you wear contacts, check with your eye doctor to learn about the risks associated with the lens type you use.

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