Wearing Prescription Glasses Whilst Swimming

by Pool Builders on 06-18-2010 in Articles

How to see when you're swimming is a common problem that arises for prescription glasses wearers - do you just dive straight in? (Oblivious to the fact that you can't see other swimmers, the edge of the pool or the people you arrived with!) - Or do you try to find a practical solution to help you stay safe in the water?

Obviously you only need your distance correction glasses for swimming, and they need not be as exact as in your prescription glasses. You'll only be swimming for relatively short periods of time, so you won't have to worry about seeing fine details, and your vision is not as good in the water as it is in air anyway! So for most people the solution for swimming will be more simple and cheaper than a duplicate pair of glasses.

There are several ways to let you see whilst swimming, you just have to decide what will be the most suitable for you! You also need to consider the amount of time you spend in the water. A casual swimmer having a float around the pool on hols will want something different to a potential Olympic Athlete! If you wear contact lenses, you can have goggles over the top of your lenses. Theoretically you can swim in contacts, but they could get washed out of the eye.

They may also absorb bacteria from the water, so you should wear disposable lenses and discard them as soon as you're out of the pool. Opticians will often supply small amounts of daily wear lens for holidays, ask if there are any in your specifications and prescription.

If you wear prescription glasses you could use an old pair and hold them on with an elastic sports band if necessary. Remember to wash them in soapy water as soon as you've finished swimming, as prolonged contact with pool chemicals may damage coating on frames.

If your prescription is similar in both eyes and is fairly low you can pick up ready made prescription goggles at low cost. For more complex lenses you'll need to have a custom glazed pair, which is more expensive. For serious Divers there are masks which can be used with a prescription insert.

Prescription swimming goggles can be expensive, but for someone who is going to spend a large amount of time in the water, they may be the best solution.

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