If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you know how much your vision interferes with snorkeling or scuba diving. It’s not always easy or even fun to go into the water. You either live in constant fear that a splash of water will wash the contact right out of your eye or muddle through without being able to clearly see anything. But there is a way you can enjoy snorkeling no matter what your eyesight is like.
The best way to experience snorkeling or scuba diving if you have issues with your vision is to get a prescription snorkel mask. It doesn’t matter if you’re nearsighted or farsighted. If you wear prescription lenses, this latest snorkel gear is available in a wide range of prescriptions so there’s a great chance you’ll be able to find one that will work for you.
While the lenses are important in these masks, it’s important to consider all the other important aspects of a snorkeling mask or snorkel set.
Proper fit of a dry snorkel mask or scuba mask is really important. Make sure you choose a mask that is adjustable and has a soft silicone skirt. That will ensure a proper seal that’s still comfortable on your skin.
If you’ve never gone snorkeling before or if you’ve had a bad experience in the past, try a full face mask. Because it’s made of one-piece that covers your entire face, you can breathe through your mouth and nose without holding a snorkel in your mouth. It makes it easier to breathe and gives you a great, unobstructed view of the water.
Make sure you get the right prescription for your lenses. It’s important that you contact the manufacturer if you don’t understand what prescription strength you need or if you have a different one for each eye. What you wear in your glasses may not be the same as what you need for your snorkel mask so it’s always best to make sure before you order.
The Promate Optical Corrective Scuba Mask offers corrective lenses for both near and far sighted swimmers. The prescription range goes from +4 all the way down to –10 in increments of 0.5. This mask has a face seal that was designed to fit just about anyone. The skirt and strap are silicone injected for comfort and to keep the mask as light as possible.
The lenses on this mask are pretty impressive. They’re made of tempered glass that’s strong and won’t scratch as easy as polycarbonate lenses. Bifocal prescriptions are available as are near and farsighted prescriptions.
That’s not all, as the frames come in a variety of colors. Plus, there are even options available with a camera mount.
Next on our list is another mask from Promate. This one is the Purge Mask Diving Set. In addition to the mask, you get a color-coordinated snorkel that’s fully submersible and has a one-way purge valve. The low section and mouthpiece are made of comfortable, durable silicone, and there’s built-in whistle housing in case of an emergency.
The mask has two windows with a built-in purge and channel at the bottom of the skirt to direct bubbles away from your view. There are easy-adjust straps that attach directly to the skirt which makes it really easy to get the perfect fit. It was designed with a low profile and made to be comfortable.
As far as prescriptions, lenses are available for both near and farsighted swimmers and range from 4.0 to –10 in increments of 0.5.
Another option from Promate is this awesome full-face snorkel. Full-face snorkel masks are different from regular snorkel masks because they allow you to breathe through your mouth and nose at the same time. The key is in the one-piece design that covers your entire face from forehead to chin. There’s a snorkel at the top of the mask that prevents water from getting in. It’s the only way to snorkel without having a tube in your mouth. These masks are great for anyone who’s snorkeling for the first time or who’s tried snorkeling in the past but was unable to relax and enjoy themselves.
The prescription lenses for this mask are made of tempered glass and are available in 0.5 increments from –1.5 to –6.0. You can even get different prescriptions for each side. The lenses have anti-fog technology, too, which helps keep your view completely clear. It also has one of the widest viewing areas on the market and gives you a really awesome snorkeling experience.
So far, we’ve covered some great options for nearsighted snorkelers. Now, let’s look at one that’s made for the farsighted. Scuba Choice Black Farsighted Dive Mask comes with full corrective lenses and is available in prescriptions from +1 to +4 in 0.5 increments. And, if you have a different prescription for each eye, no worries! They can do that, too.
The mask itself is also really comfortable. Both the skirt and strap are made of silicone and are extremely comfortable. Plus, the buckle is easy to use so you can be sure to get a good fit every time.
The IST Prescription Snorkeling Mask is available in both near and farsighted prescriptions. They offer quite a range, too, from +4 down to –8 in 0.5 increments. Tempered glass prevents any scratches and makes the lenses impact resistant. They’re shaped so that you get a wide, panoramic view below the surface of the water.
Not only are the lenses awesome, the mask is, too. Because the flexible skirt has a feathered edge, it creates a watertight seal that’s also comfortable on your face. The silicone strap is split to give a snug fit without any annoying or painful squeezing. It’s also hypoallergenic and a good choice for anyone with sensitive skin. Plus, it’s so adjustable that it can fit both adults and children.