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Diving With Contact Lenses

Discussion in 'Divers with Disabilities' started by still new, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Web Monkey

    Web Monkey Omniheurist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    I dive with contacts all the time. One side is for close (computer) and the other for distance and they work great.

    Have your doc prescribe daily disposables. There are things in the water that contact lens cleaning solution was never designed to kill and poor maintenance can give you a nasty eye infection (or more disgusting, infestation).

  2. idocsteve

    idocsteve Guest

    If you see reasonably well in the distance while wearing Rx contact lenses for reading, then you are most likely hyperopic in one or both eyes and in fact your situation is an exception that I didnt think of when I made my post. In that scenario, the reading power of the contact lens is partially correcting (or slightly over correcting) a mild to moderate distance prescription in addition to helping with nearpoint vision- This is probably why your distance vision is reportedly not so good in general...even when not wearing the contacts.

    Or..you are in your early to mid 40s and you require such a mild reading Rx that it has an insignificant effect on the distance vision.

    Or.. you are using an underpowered reading Rx in the contacts that allows you to see larger numbers but it's not ideal for very fine print.

    Or any combination of the above.

    I probably should have said "In the vast majority of cases, people who wear reading Rx's will experience significant distance blur, however there are exceptions to this rule, such as in the case of uncorrected farsightedness (hyperopia) and with very mild reading prescriptions."

    Thank you for bringing this error to my attention.

    This is the monovision technique that I had mentioned in an earlier post on this thread.

    Divers with no significant prescription for distance may need to use only one contact lens, corrected for reading.
  3. electric_diver

    electric_diver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    I have been using soft disposable contact lenses for my entire diving career in all sorts of conditions with no issues. That is about 1350 dives over 17 years. I use the disposables because if you lose one it is no big deal. I keep a spare pair in my save a dive kit.
  4. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

    Soft lenses yes; hard lenses no.
  5. pasley

    pasley Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Lakewood, CA
    I used the one day throw away lenses. They are cheap enough that if they get washed out it is no big deal and you don't have to worry about cleaning them. Trhow them away after the dive. I wore one eye for reading the other for distance.
  6. still new

    still new Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Calgary
    Thanks for all the info. The contacts I am buying are for people who only need reading glasses. These are called Bausch&Lomb MULTI-FOCAL. Google them , there is a coupon for a free trial pair. That is what I'm going to do.
  7. still new

    still new Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Calgary
    To idocsteve, see my above post about the new multi focal lenses.
  8. idocsteve

    idocsteve Guest

    I already posted about bifocal contact lenses. I prescribe them all the time, however they take some getting used to and they're really not intended for occasional use, however that doesn't mean they cannot be used only for diving.

    Regarding the "free trial pair", I highly doubt a licensed eye care professional is going to fit you with a pair of free lenses AND waive the exam fee. These lenses take above average expertise to fit and you're going to pay for that service.

    Occasional contact lens wearers such as those who will use them only for diving are probably best served with monovision contact lenses, one for distance and one for reading, and some divers may only need to wear one reading contact lens and nothing in the other eye if they are already seeing clearly at distance.
  9. Scotttyd

    Scotttyd Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    another vote for one day disposables, I wear glasses most of the time topside - I some neovascularzation (I cannot spell either), and use one-day disposable for diving - I thought about prescription goggles, but my vision is so bad, I would be fumbling around on the boat if I was not wearing my goggles, and it is too easy for glasses to get smashed on the boat.
  10. Tom Winters

    Tom Winters Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boca Raton, FL
    So wearing contacts gets in the "Divers with Disabilities" section, along with mental illness, COPD, and diabetes? With monovision lenses, I pretty much junked the reading glasses and eBayed the SeaVision mask with the built-in -2.0 gauge readers.

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