Prescription Scuba Diving Mask:
If you enjoy diving but need glasses you can still see clearly under water with a prescription diving mask.
Prescription Scuba Diving Mask Options
Prescription scuba diving and snorkelling masks, are designed for use such that they sit high over your forehead and position snugly low to the base of your nose.
They are commonly shaped like a large rectangle.
They are usually constructed from a soft type of hypoallergenic silicone, which is protected against the elements and is very durable for whatever the water can throw at it.
A tight water seal prevents an inflow of water which could blur vision.
If you need to wear corrective spectacles or contact lenses then you can have prescription lenses fitted to the diving mask.
There are two principal lens corrective options:
1. As is common in cycling glasses a separate holder sitting behind thescuba diving mask (see image above) holds your prescription lenses. These lenses can be made specifically for your individual eye prescription. The lenses can correct either short sight, long sight and also astigmatism.
An advantage in these inserts, is that if you sometimes wear contact lenses when scuba diving, the insert can simply be removed.
Wearing contact lenses underwater is not however always recommended and it may be best to leave it in and have prescription lenses fitted.
Note: If you are thinking about contact lenses for diving bear in mind that all water bodies including municipal pools, can be contaminated, causing eye infections.
In addition, water pressure can make normally comfortable contact lenses, feel very tight when diving underwater with a scuba mask
2. The other option is where the whole mask view is made with a prescription. These are not custom and the eye corrective prescription is the same for each eye.
There is no correction for astigmatism.
Although not suitable for everyone, these off the shelf prescription diving masks are cheaper than the custom options.
Many people find that the vision the achieve although not perfect is good enough for general underwater viewing.
Your optometrist can recommend the best option, based on the strength of vision correction you require and whether or not you need an astigmatic correction.