Diving With Contact Lenses

Diving With Contact Lenses
Shane Gross

Are you starting diving and using glasses? Or maybe contact lenses? You will be happy to know that you can still dive!

There are a lot of questions when it comes to diving with contact lenses. Yes, it is completely safe, but there are also other options. Unfortunately, diving with glasses is not one of them though. Depending on how frequently you dive and what you are used to (glasses vs. contact lenses) you may have a preference. The most popular options for diving are with normal contact lenses, or with a prescription mask. Both are excellent solutions, contact lenses are easy and familiar whilst prescription masks are great for more frequent divers or those used to wearing glasses. There are pros and cons to each. In this article, we focus on diving with contact lenses. Hop over to our prescription mask guide if that’s the preferred option.

What Type of Lens To Use

There are two types of contact lenses: hard and soft. Both can be used for diving, however soft contact lens have more advantages. Check it out:

Hard Lenses

  • They won’t allow gas to penetrate. This might cause some blurry vision after the dive. Why does this happen? The eye absorbs nitrogen, and when you descend this nitrogen slowly escapes the eye. The hard lenses won’t allow the nitrogen to escape therefore tiny bubbles will form between the lenses and eye causing blurry vision.
  • You could experience slightly dryer eyes and have to blink more than normal.
  • Hard contacts are usually smaller and therefore the risk of them falling out is larger, when the dive mask is floated.

Hard contact lenses are not really recommended for scuba diving. Although hard lenses don’t pose medical threat, they’re just not worth the aggravation.

Soft Lenses

  • Allows gas to penetrate letting air pass through the lenses.
  • Eyes will not feel dry when diving.
  • When descending you will not have the same bubbly experience as using the hard lenses.
  • Soft lenses are slightly larger. If you float the mask you will be able to hold the lens inside by just closing your eyes, slightly. The eyelid will hold the lens inside.

Top tip when wearing contact lenses: Ensure your eyes are closed while clearing your mask to not lose your contact lenses when the water enters the mask.

Choose the right contact lens for scuba diving – Credit: Svetlana Lukienko

Tell Your Buddy

Before going on your dive you should let your diving buddy know that you are wearing contacts. This will help in case you lose your mask or get too much water in your mask. As you can’t communicate underwater with your buddy if they don’t know you are wearing contact lenses they might not be able to help. It is likely you will get water in your mask and having your buddy help will reduce the risk of losing your mask or contact in the process. In the event that you do lose your mask, it is good to have a buddy who will help you find it. It’s not easy to find your mask with your eyes closed! It is always good to inform your dive buddy of any issues you have before a dive to avoid problems when exploring under the surface.

Alternatives to diving with contact lenses

If you don’t like the idea of diving whilst wearing contact lenses, no need to worry. Luckily, there are lots of other options to see underwater.

  • Prescription masks: These masks can be custom-made specifically for your eyesight. They tend to be a little pricier but depending on how often you dive, you may want to make the commitment.
  • Corrective lenses: These lenses can be made to fit most standard masks.
  • Corrections stickers: Similar to corrective lenses these stickers can be stuck on the inside of a mask and require no contact lenses to be worn.
  • Orthokeratology: A more expensive contact lens that you wear at night and remove during the day. You don’t need any contact lenses or glasses, they recover your vision temporarily for the day. More expensive but perhaps worth it for divers that suffer dryness and other irritation because of lenses.

It is also important to note that if you have astigmatism you can’t wear contacts but you can still scuba dive or snorkel with a prescription mask. A great benefit of having a prescription mask is that you don’t have to worry about removing water from your mask and losing your contact lenses. A lot of people also find it more comfortable taking their glasses off, putting the mask on and repeating the process in reverse. If you love diving and you have to find solutions so you can see, there are some out there if you take the time to find the right one.

Do you Use Contact Lenses?

We want to hear all about your diving experiences wearing contact lenses! What would you recommend? Jump in the comments to tell us all about it!

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Diving with Contact Lenses

Can I go diving with contact lenses?

Yes, you definitely can, you just need to be careful not to flood the mask. Read this article to find out more about diving with contact lenses.

Do I need a special mask to see with contact lenses?

Do I need a special mask to see with contact lenses?

Do I need to wear contact lenses with prescription masks?

Unless your eyesight requires it you can dive without contact lenses if using a prescription mask to see underwater.

Can I use contact lenses in the pool?

We advise you to take your contact lenses out if swimming in a pool because there are bacteria and parasites in swimming pools that like to get under contact lenses. For example, there is a parasite called acanthamoeba that can be found in pools and often can cause eye infections.

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William A Hollenbeck
William A Hollenbeck
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

When scuba diving in the ocean I wear disposable contact lenses. I have even taken the mask off and opened my eyes, and the contacts stayed in place. After each dive, I remove the contacts as soon as possible after each dive and dispose of them. Doing this I have never had a eye infection. Disposable lenses work great for scuba diving. Oh, I see great with them when under the ocean water. I have been doing this for several years.

Lee Tong Hwa
Lee Tong Hwa
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I run an online contact lens store, and a large part of my Thailand customers are actually divers. To all my fellow divers, I would like to offer the following tips:

1. See a doctor!
While this is important even for regular users, divers especially need properly fitted lenses. Base curve is one of the factors your doctor will test for, and it decides how the lens sits on your eye. You know how some people will complain of their contacts shifting in their eye? Yep, that is usually a base curve problem, and if that person is a diver, I can almost guarantee the lens will float away in water. I have an infographic on my site that shows what happens with a wrong base curve, but I’ll only share it with the permission of Torben.

2. Get dailies
I know this might sound obvious, but losing dailies is much less of a heartache than losing monthlies. Also, toss your lenses out after a dive. Contact lenses trap bacteria between your eye and the lens. While the risk is low, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3. Close your eyes whenever water is coming
The initial rush of water when, for example, flooding a mask, is usually what washes the lens away. Close your eyes, then if you need to see, squint. It will help hold the lens in.

Hope this helps out some of you out there, happy diving!

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Emilie,

That might be, but I’ve been swimming and diving with eyes open since I was 15 and never had this issue.

Emilie
Emilie
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

There is a bacteria in oceans and lakes that can cause eye infection. But only if you open them underwater. It doesn’t matter if its with or without contacts, you still are at risk of getting it.

Marc
Marc
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

That’s like me.When I wear a dive mask I wear my soft contacts and love them.And believe it or not,I have never lost a contact lens wearing a fully flooded mask or no mask while my eyes are wide open-even while blinking!Have never closed my eyes doing this.My lenses stay in place.I am nearsighted and have astigmatism.My prescription is -5.00 left ,-4.50 right.

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Holli,

What does your instructor say? He’ll/she’ll usually be the best one to instruct him on how to act doing the skills.

Usually, eyes shut will work in most cases, or keep them almost closed.

You really need to remember that the class/instructions are to prepare him for any real-life emergencies. You’ll want him to know what to do in case he loses his mask doing an open water dive.

So, most people can’t see that well underwater w/o a mask, but can he learn to navigate slowly to the surface? Call for his buddy?

Holli Hudson Davis
Holli Hudson Davis
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

We are a beginner family, my 17 year d son wears contacts, I’m concerned about his skills test, our instructor had us open our eyes to communicate with mask removed. He really can’t see. I have has lasik, his eye doctor recommends he wait a few more years. Advice?

Nikc Ng
Nikc Ng
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I am using a soft lens during my diving. It will be lesser chance to drop out as compared with hard lenses.

As a suggestion on why should we use contact lenses is because we can still roughly see where is our mask if it drop.

As a personal experience, I tried once using a power lenses and dropped when accidentally kicked by other diver. I could not see a thing during that time and need my buddies to pick it up and pass to me. With contact lenses at least I can solve it by myself

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I also have severe Keratakonus. I use a purge mask with it in and once in awhile flood it part way to allow the O2 and Nitrogen’s to exchange. It works great. I am blind in my left eye so my R eye is very important. I have considered a corneal transplant as I am a candidate, but it scares me to death. As far as the parasites, there are parasites on your hands etc. even when not diving. ALWAYS clean your lenses after being in ANY water or at the end of the day.

Bella Simoes
Bella Simoes
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hey guuys, according to the article and comments, there are basically 5 options, right?

1. Prescription Mask
2. Contact lenses (soft)
3. Lense stickers
4. Orthokeratology
5. Laser Surgery

Does anyone know abt any other option?

I particularly don’t mind using contact while diving. However there are several drawbacks…

You ALWAYS have to remember you need them. You have to remember to bring them, to put them on, not to open your eyes underwater (when demonstrating a skill for example), remind your buddy, ect… I forget them often, especially when I’m in a hurry, working… I remember the first time I went diving with raggies haha I had to stay super close to enjoy the sight as I always dreamt of, but couldn’t see other sharks or fishes properly because they move too fast haha So that was funny…

It may also be very expensive, considering LONG TERM. It is hard to find when you travel or move out often, especially if you consider living in remote islands 😉 So replacing them might be impossible sometimes.

The worst disadvantage still is the INCREASED SUSCEPTIBILITY to parasite infection and other complications =/ My doctor really scares me regarding those haha

Facing aaall that, I decided to have surgery. Of course there are disadvantages as well, such as dry eye for months, the cost, that it may not work or not be definitive… but I feel that for me it is the best option… AND for anyone working with diving or that have issues using contacts…

I have I Lavik surgery scheduled for next week.. I really want to do it but confess I’m soo nervous

Would love to know abt people that did it!

Bella Simoes
Bella Simoes
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hey Song! Did you have any issues with dry eyes afterward?

Frank
Frank
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Well I was a bit worried about diving with contact lenses underwater, so was willing to give them a go. I ask my optometrist for some guidance and although it was his first attempt for a scuba diver, he was more than willing to help. so first a consultation to check my vision then we tried a sample to see the outcome before actually diving at depth so I tried them in a pool and it was OK. So proceeded an ordered the contacts. which are much cheaper than prescription Dive masks. the disadvantage of Prescription dive masks is that if your vision changes you will need to replace the lenses and that is costly and if they get scratched that’s more money wasted.

Dive #1 was 35mts, being very cautious at first, but to my surprise I was very comfortable, I could see clearly,
We did 12 dives and did not loose any of my contacts while diving, just keep your mask on until your ready to get out of the water.

So I can safely say that contact lenses are perfectly safe to dive with.

It is also a good idea to inform your dive buddy you are wearing contacts, and if on a dive boat let the dive operators know as well.

Nada
Nada
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Nice info for a glassesman like me. But i want to give some correction, that hard lens is gas permeable while soft lens isnt. If you refer hard lens as that one made by hospital lab.

Geko Dive Bali
Geko Dive Bali
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Great article. I’ll be sure to show it to contact lens wearers who dive with us!

James Dean
James Dean
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I came across this article and wish I had read it when I started to dive:I have been diving for years now and wear contact lenses, and had all kinds of problems in the beginning. Scuba diving is a fun activity and it is a pity to miss out on all the action because you can’t see! Although there are prescription diving masks, these are an expensive option. If you can wear contact lenses it is perfectly safe and easy to wear them when diving. However, if you are learning to dive, you will need to ‘clear your mask’ (over and over again!), until you have mastered that technique. Mask clearing (letting the water in your mask and then getting it out again), is a sure fire way to lose your lenses, unless you have your eyes closed during the whole exercise. Tell your diving instructor that you wear contact lenses and ask for his advice while learning this technique – he will probably tell you to clear your mask with your eyes shut. Another risk is getting your masked ‘kicked off’ or displaced during a dive. If you look around to find your mask, you can lose your lenses! Try to find your mask with one eye, at least then you only stand a chance of losing just the one lens and can complete the dive – better still get your buddy to find it!

Scubanomad
Scubanomad
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I dive and swim with my soft contact lenses. So far so good. There is minor dryness, but I prefer contact lenses to prescription mask. If I happen to lose my contact lenses, I can easily open a new pair. It is also easier to pack extra contact lenses. On the other hand, prescription mask is expensive and hard to get replacement.

Joseph
Joseph
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I’ve used contact lenses and prescription dive mask for 10 years. Everything worked out fine but I suggest it’s better to have a PRK or Laser surgery and you don’t have to worry about contact lenses or mask prescriptions anymore.

Anke
Anke
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I dive with daily lenses too. There is no problem flooding the mask or diving without mask and open eyes. I had to do this for my rescue diver. With dailies it’s no problem, other lenses would bring infections.
I never lost a lense on a dive.

Al
Al
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I have keratokonus, amd have been diving for over 20 years. I have almost always have used rigid gas permeable lenses. I just lost one lens this past July while on a diving trip, luckily i had a spare with me.
If I experience dry eyes or blurry vision after a dive, which is not often, I use eye drops which do the trick.
I’ve considered prescription masks in the past, but since I hace never been able to see as well with eyeglasses as with lenses, I decided not to buy them. Plus, this keratocomus things changes my prescrption frequently, meaning more $$$ on masks!
Happy diving everyone!

sayhau
sayhau
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

i have been teaching full mask removal and no mask swim in both pool and confined water many time with my contact lenses on. Discomfort? losing lenses? never happened. Oddly enough the only time i lost my contact lens was on the surface after a dive when sea water got in my eyes.

I have been very careful with my lenses though. if i felt any discomfort i’d remove them immediately. And i wash and soak my contact lenses every evening that’s a must for me.

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi David, it happens to the best of us. 🙂 I’m glad I could help a bit.
It seems to be the pick of the majority. I hope it’ll work for you as well. Please do let us know what you think of them and how it worked out for you?

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

What are the chances/risks of getting an infection? I’ve been diving and swimming a thousand times with open eyes, without any infection problems. It it only when using lenses or in any case that theres a big risk?

Tara
Tara
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Thank you very much for this – was glad to see some people that had the same problems I was having with corrective masks. Just as a side note though, opening your eyes underwater (without a mask) is not recommended – it’s a good way to get an infection or dry them out (if in salt water).

David Pearce
David Pearce
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Torben

This was a really useful article for me, because I have become really frustrated recently with my eyesight underwater! I wear multi-focal glasses (age catches up with all of us!), and recently decided to get contact lenses for diving. I will be receiving them within a week or two, but I’ve been wondering if they will work out. It seems they are the way to go based on the comments on your article.

Gosia
Gosia
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I really don’t know what it is. It could be a bit psychological as well. Corrective mask works well for me. It was about £90 and definitely worth the money. There is also an option to swap back to regular lenses in case I wanted to dive with contacts.

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

i think the eyes get dry for various reasons like the saltier water in the sea and oceans., lack of water intake in your body, etc. a good way of temporarily prolonging contact lens is to use eyedrops often during dives. but do avoid using eyedrops too often during daily wear as your eyes may start to depend on them.

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

ya. open my eyes completely. using dailies is kinda better in my opinion because i always bring spares whenever i do my outdoor activities. if it irritates, i just take them off and put on a new pair. it’s still a cheaper alternative then buying corrective masks. possibly cost the immediate cost is so prohibitive for me.

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

You are most welcome Filia!
Then you don’t have to tighten the mask all too much. It’s a good thing to practice so you know how to react in case someone kicks it off or the strap brakes. It’s always good to know how to react.

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Well I guess we are all different. And it’s good there is options. I have no idea why your eyes gets dry, I can’t figure how pressure would interfere, but it might be.
Thanks for sharing, Gosia!

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Mark, Thanks for sharing. Do you open your eyes completely when swimming?

Filia
Filia
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I wear contact lenses in almost all my dive and so far, I never have problem with them. They help me a lot. However, I’m being very careful with mask issue. I really try to avoid taking my mask off and always make sure to secure my mask so it won’t float off.
This article gives me a really useful tips! I never know that by slightly closing my eyes then the eyelids will hold the lenses!
I won’t purposely try it, but I will remember this. Just in case if in the next dives, I have to took my mask off.
Thank you, Torben!

Gosia
Gosia
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I wear contact lenses every day (-3 both eyes) but use corrective mask for diving. I don’t feel comfortable wearing lenses underwater. My eyes get really dry. It must be something to do with the pressure as swimming with lenses is not a problem.

Mark
Mark
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Just saw this article and decided to contribute. I use dailies contact lenses (soft). No issue at all. I’ve also used contact lens (soft) for swimming. Open my eyes in water to look around and my contacts don’t fall out. So that’s about it.

Cat Bernatchez
Cat Bernatchez
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I have a very different kind of contacts (Orthokeratology) that I highly recommend to anyone considering laser eye surgery or having troubles with their regular contact lenses. Being a white water rafting guide and an extreme sports junky, these contact lenses are the only ones for me.

Orthokeratology is an alternative to refractive surgery, glasses and daily contact lenses. I put my contact lenses on before going to bed, I take them off in the morning and have clear vision for the rest of the day (24 hours)!

Orthokeratology (or Ortho-K) temporarily improves vision through reshaping the cornea with the use of oxygen permeable contact lenses. Similar to a dental retainer used by Orthodontists, a comfortable retainer (contact lenses) are worn at night while sleeping. They are removed upon waking to provide clear vision without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses.
It is a safe, non-surgical, reversible, modifiable alternative to laser surgery and does not require medications. Great for athletes, dry eyed patients associated with contact lens wear, those who work in dusty, dirty environments and those ineligible for refractive surgery.

Hope this information can help some people. Yes, the contact lenses are more expensive than regular ones and not offered everywhere, but definately worth every penny or extra mile in my opinion on top of being safe and non-surgical.

divein
divein
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I very much agree with you – laser eye surgery takes away a lot of problems with glasses and lenses. I think it’s close to five years ago that I had my operation done (when from +5/+4.5 and no nearly 0 on both eyes; amazing improvement).

When I started diving I used contacts and it did put a little extra irritation into it all. Especially doing my open water and having to take of my mask for the first time (and second, and third and a hole lot of other times) I was always afraid to lose my lenses.
After the operation I enjoyed diving much more!

However, I wouldn’t recommend going for this operation only for improved dive experience 🙂
As with all operations there are risks and it is still very expensive. You can afford to lose of lot of lenses for the price of an operation – and more important I was told not to dive in a period of up to 6 months after the operation!

Song Asanarong
Song Asanarong
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

If you can fork up some money, I really recommend going for LASIK surgery. This will permantly fix your eye sights and you will never have to wear contact lenses again. I used to use contact lenses but they keep popping out underwater. I decided to do LASIK and I never regretted it. Best investment ever. Now, I dive with happiness and no worries of contact lenses.

Jay Skiba
Jay Skiba
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I use the extended wear contacts. A hair bigger and thinner than regular soft lenses. They adhere to the eye and breath a little better also. My eyesight is terrible, -7 in the right and -8 in the left. Will be getting lens transplants in a few years due to small traumatic cataracts, so that will take care of the sight problem.

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Dr. Ahmad, thanks for your comment! It’s always nice to get a professional point of view. And no it’s not advisable to use the hard contact lenses. It’s nice to hear so many using contact lenses when diving. Thanks!

Dr. Ahmad Al-Halwagy
Dr. Ahmad Al-Halwagy
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

First I’m an ophthalmologist ( eye doctor ) , a diver, and use glasses. I found it very practical to use soft conatct lenses while diving. I don’t advise using hard contact lenses in that purpose at all. Prescription masks cost mush, while contact lenses can be changed at a reasonable price. Although they cost less than masks, they provide better vision and depth perception than masks do. I hardly found problems using cantacts on diving, the only drawback is that you cann’t take your mask off because, for sure you will lose at least one of your contacts. so it’s better to blow water off your mask as early as they collect in. Good luck

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

hi Bob, but before you washed them out, how did they work? Did they give great vision? That is an okay deal if it works and you never have to hazel with it again! Thanks for sharing, let us know how they work when you get them installed!

Torben Lonne
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Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

There’s quite a few opinions on what’s best, so nice to get some first hand feedback on what’s working best. I guess it’s all a matter of preferences. Thanks for commenting Thomas!

Thomas Petersen
Thomas Petersen
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Torben,

I don’t think I have ever lost a contactlens on a dive. If I need to rinse my mask underwater, I only let a little water in, then tilt my head foreward to let the small amount of water rinse the glasses, and then I don’t get any water in my eyes and won’t risk loosing a lens.

I use one-day lenses, and also have a pair of glasses – I often use my glasses for the whole day, wich means I have a lot of lenses piling up (I have a montly subscription to my lenses), so I always pack about 30-40 lenses for my holiday, that way it’s a big problem if I should loose a lense or two 🙂

Bob Lawrence
Bob Lawrence
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I bought the soft magnifiers that you place in your mask using just water. They cost $35 a pair and stuck well however I had to reposition them up higher and forgot to clean the glass prior to that so when I repositioned them, put in my anti fog and rinsed them, they washed out into the ocean. I now have a line on an optometrist who will make the lenses to my prescription and permanently glue them in for about $100.

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

hi Thomas,
I think that’s one of the best reason to use lenses instead of prescription masks. A pro fitting mask can really ruin a lot on a dive. have you ever lost a lens on a dive? I guess you use soft one day lenses, so they are easy to replace? One of the problems i could see, is loosing monthly disposable contact lenses on a vacation. Thanks for sharing!

Thomas Petersen
Thomas Petersen
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I’m using lenses when diving, and have also owned a mask with prescription glasses. I’m sticking with lenses, as they are cheap and when using lenses I can replace my mask easily in any diveshop. I can find the best mask for me without worrying about if they can be delivered with prescription glasses. I would hate to be on a diving trip and loosing or breaking a prescription mask – with lenses i can easily afford to have a spare mask in case of bad luck.

Torben Lonne
Member
Torben Lonne
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Jeff, yes the soft lenses is a good choice for diving and always a good idea to inform your buddy about it.
Thank you for commenting!

jeff
jeff
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I am a PADI instructor. I teach and dive with soft lenses and have for about 10 years with no problems. I have students that use lenses in the mask and some with contacts. Both work well. It is all about what works. Best part of your advice – tell your buddy. Thanks

Torben
Member
Torben
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Thanks for sharing Jason! I think there has been some improvement in lenses, by time. But good to hear that corrective lenses work, they are definitely the cheaper option!

Jason Carl
Jason Carl
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

I started diving long time ago, and with the strength I use there was only hard lenses. Back then they didn’t work at all. They popped out, went missing in the eye and all in all were completely uncomfortable. I invested in the mask with glasses in and they worked well. I look like a dork, but I can see without problem. I lost, I think, two years ago and was too cheap to buy it again. They are expensive, if they should work properly. Now I use, not as often as before, add ons in the mask. Corrective lenses that stick on the inside of the mask, I would say it works quite well. Better than lenses for me at least.

Torben
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Torben
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Okay, when using that high strength the price is of cause quite high. I think I’ve seen aqua lung offering okay cheap lenses fitting in their basic mask, but not sure if they make them that strong.
And if your current solution works, there is no reason waisting money chancing! Rather spending them on the next dive trip 🙂

Torben
Member
Torben
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Joe, Thanks for your question and thanks for liking the article!
Now this is a bit of a tough one! I would say it depends on how often you dive and how much you are prepared to spend! As David wrote prescription glasses is expensive but I would say also the better choice. If you can get use to contacts this could be a way to start. Try diving with contacts and see if this option works for you, if not you could try corrections sticks in the mask and last prescription masks.
Hope it helped!

Joe May
Joe May
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi I need a bid of advice, great article it answered a few of my questions regarding diving and contacts. But I would like to know what you would suggests using contacts or a mask with prescription glasses?
I’m new to diving and doing my open water course I didn’t use anything, because normally I wear glasses and didn’t bring any contacts on our holiday.
So my question is should I spend the money on the mask of get a few contacts for when diving! I can see you already talked about a large price on the prescription mask but are it worth the money?
Thank you!

David Mc Nally
David Mc Nally
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi Torben,

I have considered that, yes, however the price appears to be quite high. The current solution with a cheap lens with power (I have -4.75 on my left eye and the lens is -3.50) works fine while costing less than 50€.

Torben
Member
Torben
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Hi David,

Thanks I love your problem solving on this issue. It’s a great way of alway being able to see underwater. But have you ever considered using a prescription mask, I don’t know how well they works but I’ve heard great things about them.

David Mc Nally
David Mc Nally
Reply to  Bradley Axmith

Great blog post! I use contact lenses (soft) myself and I’ve had problems dropping lenses when diving – probably because of a semi-flooded mask.

I’ve resolved it by buying a mask with two lenses and replaced the left lens with a lens with power matching my left eye contact lens. I then remove my left contact lens before diving. This lets me dive with great vision on my right eye (with a soft contact), okay vision on my left eye (the mask lens does not work as well as a contact lens) and if my mask gets flooded I still have the left lens in my mask to let me see.

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