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Contact lenses, eye glasses and diving

Discussion in 'Special Needs' started by siboezdr, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. siboezdr

    siboezdr Registered

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    what special considerations for someone with contact lenses/ eyeglasses before trying to go diving? tnxs.
     
  2. CLEAR BLUE

    CLEAR BLUE Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: WEST VIRGINIA
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    I just wear my contacts...Haven't had any problems at all. May have to close your eyes if you have a full mask flood ...but so far so good.
     
  3. 00scuba

    00scuba Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: South Suburb of Chicago
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    I used to wear contacts while diving ( my first 350 dives), never had an issue until I had a salt crystal scratch my eye. (ohhhh nooooo, my cornea!!!!!!) I now go with out contacts, but my vision is ok without the lenses. As long as you are comfortable with your mask skills, you should be fine wearing lenses.

    I have a prism in my glasses, i have an astigmatism and the perscription is -2.75.

    I have thought about a perscription mask. Right now, with just a regular mask and no contacts, I see better underwater than on surface with my glasses.
     
  4. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cave Country
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    Exactly... contacts are actually the best solution for being able to see while diving. They allow you to see in the water, on the surface and with or without a mask.
     
  5. Hoyden

    Hoyden IDC Staff Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Rockville, MD
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    I have always dove with my contacts - my vision is really pretty poor (-9.00 in my bad eye and -7.50 in my good eye) and a prescription mask would be a poor choice for me. I am sure that I am about to jinx myself by saying this, but I have never a single problem on real dives. I occasionally will have a contact get out of place in the pool doing drills and I lost one once during a lap swimming pool session. If I have to for a class (or real emergency) I can open my eyes underwater without a mask and not lose a contact. I just don't open them wide. I do discard my contacts after this (I wear disposable soft lenses). I originally ordered some thicker, wider lenses for pool drills (in conjunction with my optometrist), but I have found that my normal ones work almost as well.

    Jackie
     
  6. siboezdr

    siboezdr Registered

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    thanks a lot for the info guys...
     
  7. timle

    timle Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Florida
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    My vision sucks and I dive with my contacts. I practiced for the no mask swim requirements for cave in my pool with my eyes open with no issues. I did the no mask swims in the springs with my eyes open. Amazingly my contacts don't seem to float off.
     
  8. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
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    Easy to lose a contact on the surface, I always keep a spare pair in the save a dive kit. Have yet to lose one when actually diving - have had one pop out on the swim grid after a dive.
     
  9. CBulla

    CBulla ~..facebook conch..~ ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I swam and dove with contacts for a long time. Had a -4 to -4.25 depending on the time of day. Then I had Lasic this summer! 20/20 now :)
     

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