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Special lenses for mask?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by freedc, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. freedc

    freedc Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Washington, DC
    This is totally traumatic for me but I just came to the realization that after a lifetime of 20/20 vision and never having to worry about corrective lenses, I suddenly can't focus on stuff that's close to my face, like my freaking dive computer, air gauge, and compass! :cussing: I guess that comes with turning 43.

    I'm just coming to grips with this, so maybe you older divers can tell me what I'm in for. Am I going to need bifocals? A special mask? Contact lenses for diving? What do other fogies do who can't read their dials but otherwise see fine?
  2. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    Two things to do: One, the other or both.

    Prescription lenses in the mask. (Could be drop in replacements or glued on special grinds.)

    Stick on "gauge readers." I use the DiveOptx brand. (The stick super well or not worth crap, depending upon how carefully you follow directions. Be very sure you use non-oil detergent to clean your mask, lenses and hands. That's key.)

    (I HATE anything touching or about to touch my eyeballs. So contacts are out for me. Not to mention problems with flooded, kicked off masks.)

    I feel your pain. Eagle vision gone forever. I miss it, too.

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  3. ScubaSteve1962

    ScubaSteve1962 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ellenwood, Georgia, United States
    The look2 by Aqualung has lenses that could be replaced with Rx lenses. There are probably others out there.
  4. fisheater

    fisheater Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA

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  5. phillybob

    phillybob Manta Ray

    Cressi Corrective Lens for Big Eyes Evolution Mask

    LP sells tons of replacement lenses with different strength diopters attached for all different makes of masks. I just put a Cressi up as an example. I replaced my Mares X-Visions left lens with a +2.5 diopter. Works great for reading gauges. Light years better than the plastic stick-on lenses. And about the same price. The diopter/lens is pro grade glass and it's permanently fussed to the lens. Very high quality that won't fall off. It takes about two minutes to swap out the lens yourself.
  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Murphy Cove, NS ,CANADA (Eastern Shore-Atlantic)
    YES...43! That was 1997 for me and that's exactly when it happened. You can get inserts for the bottom of your mask that act as yes... READING GLASSES. I lost 2 by following directions and sticking them on with warm water, etc. Maybe a little glue is better. Or, if your up close vision isn't too bad, you can try highlighting stuff as I do on analog gauges. Or, some of the other ideas above. I had the lazer surgery just before getting certified in '05. I used to be able to see perfectly up close and all over underwater while snorkelling--the refraction of light water to mask air space corrected me. Now I see 20-20 with everything else, but not up close.
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Orca

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern California, USA
    Get gauges and computers with bigger displays.


    I love my Wisdom 2 computer because of the big numbers.
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  8. knowone

    knowone Regular of the Pub

    My 16" monitor lives 6' from my

    Vision improves post cigarette apocalypto
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2011
  9. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Solo Diver Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    At 58 I need +1.5 for reading, so far underwater I can still read my gauges and dive computer, but I know that day is coming soon
  10. TartanFrog

    TartanFrog Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: northern virginia
    I use +1.5 reading glasses for normal stuff above water. In water I can read most things on my Atomic Cobalt without too much difficulty except the things that are in smaller characters such as gas time remaining bottom time etc. I've tried the stick on version of the readers but I could not get them to stay in the position I needed them.

    I am probably going to have custom lenses made with readers in the lower section. Pain in the neck, but it would also help seeing the details on my camera.

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