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Contacts vs Prescription lens?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by gqllc007, Jan 23, 2021.

  1. gqllc007

    gqllc007 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    She is near sighted
     
  2. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

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    I put my glasses in my mask box and leave my mask on until my gear is off. Water droplets don't bother me. But I've been wearing glasses since I was 3 years old so for me vision = glasses.
     
  3. stepfen

    stepfen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Please make yourself a favor and consider laser eye sight correction. It is a life changer. The only thing I ever regretted about it was that I did it at 38 and not (much) earlier.
     
  4. gqllc007

    gqllc007 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If you read through the thread you will see where I said she doesn’t qualify for lasix or any type of eye correction
     
  5. stepfen

    stepfen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I understand. My suggestion was general for the people participating in this thread.

    I use to wear semi rigid lenses (I had 3 degrees or so astigmatism and soft/toric ones were not so popular back then). The biggest problem I had was care (removing, cleaning, storing etc), fear of loosing them (no open eyes in water without mask) and that for deepish (within rec limits) dives towards the last couple of meters before the surface my vision was becoming blurred to the point of having difficulties eg reading my DC.
    After a bit of research I fount out that eyes are one of the organs that off gas a lot of nitrogen. Hence the problem I had was actually caused by off gassed nitrogen trapped below the lenses (although my lenses were supposed to be gas permeable)!! Within minutes on the surface my sight would clear hence it was not a huge issue, but it was strange at least.
     
  6. kablooey

    kablooey Divemaster

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    I blame my father.
    He had terrible eyesight.

    Prescriptiondivemasks
    of La Mesa CA has been my lens provider for about twenty years. I’ve always been happy with the product and service. They’ve also responded excellently when I’ve had problems or questions.

    I also have two masks by SeaVision, that are good too. I only had to contact customer service once, but they were excellent too. Good customer service is big with me.

    There is an advantage to using a twin lens mask over a single lens, when you have a significant change in your prescription in only one eye. Updating the mask is about half the cost. This actually happened to me.

    Also, consider getting bifocal lenses. It helps not just reading gauges, but also for seeing the little critters. It’s worth the significant extra cost.

    Early in my diving I wore contacts. They were fine. I switched to prescription masks because I could nap between dives without having to take the contacts out.
     
  7. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Contributor

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    Things have changed a bit since then.
     
  8. TuckerIdaho

    TuckerIdaho Contributor

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    I dive in monthly wears but pull them when I get home to rinse and relax my eyes. But I'm only wearing -2.0 lenses so I'm not worried if I lose one.
     
  9. Degenerate

    Degenerate DIR Practitioner

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    I use glasses/contacts with -2.75 on both my eyes.
    Daily disposables for diving and never had an issue with keeping my eyes open while doing mask drills or similar.
    I have managed to pop a lens out on a few occasions but it has never been while doing a drill or similar, just me blinking violently basically.

    I have considered lasik, but even if the risk for complications is extremely minimal that's still enough of a risk that I don't want to take it when it comes to my eyes.
    A prescription mask is on my to buy list, for sure.
     
  10. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

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    Depends on your prescription. Neither extended wear nor disposables are available in my prescription.
     
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