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Correct Specification for Reader Mask Lens???

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Doctor Rig, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. Doctor Rig

    Doctor Rig ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Michigan
    Should the focal distance of a 1.75 diopter pair of cheater glasses have the same focal distance as a 1.75 diopter reader mask (in water)? If not the same, what reader mask diopter correction would be needed?

    I’m confused, my street glasses have a reader correction of +1.75 diopters. I bought a DGX REN mask with 3.00 reader lenses, and I have found the underwater focus distance is about the same as my 1.75 diopter street glasses.

    I would like to be able to read my gauges and camera at about 8 to 9 inches, not their present 15 to 18 inches that I’m currently experiencing with my DGX 3.00 spec reader mask. Could my DGX mask have a much lower actual diopter rating than its 3.00 rating? Or what do I need?

    Any input or assistance in selecting/specifying a new reader mask with focus distance of 8 to 9 inches would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!!
  2. Hatul

    Hatul Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tustin, California, United States
    There are three factors that make reading glasses different from mask bifocal: looking through water, distance from the eye and distance to the gauge being much less than reading a book. My experience is that I need much more correction in a mask bifocal than my reading glasses because we read our gauges very close. So I usually read with +2.5 diopter on land but my optimal mask bifocal is +3.5.
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