As a diver, you know how important it is to have a clear vision underwater. You don’t want to miss out on a spectacular find, just because you have a mask that does not fit you properly or because you had to leave your glasses on the boat (obviously you cannot take them underwater). Most importantly though, you have to be able to read your instruments correctly, in order to avoid getting yourself and your buddy into a dangerous situation!
For all of us, who normally wear glasses or contact lenses, there is a great underwater alternative: prescription lenses for your dive or snorkel mask. This way, you’ll never miss a thing on your dive. The advantages are simple: you will have an improved vision and can easily find the small stuff, like nudibranchs and little crustaceans and you won’t have any issues focusing on your gauges! You don’t have to worry about losing your contact lenses either, when you get water in your mask or whenever you have to take it off entirely. However, there is a disadvantage as well, as you can’t dive if you forget your your corrective dive mask, as you can’t easily substitute it for another (non-prescriptive) mask. Once you have the perfectly suited corrective lenses, you won’t want to miss out on the comfort of it.
No matter if you are near- or far-sighted, there will be a solution for you. You need bifocal lenses to read your gauges and computer? Also not a problem! With a Prescription Scuba Diving Mask, you can have a crystal clear vision, whatever your requirements.
There are two types of prescription masks available: pre-made and custom-made. Pre-made corrective diving masks normally come with an optical factor available in dioptre increments of 0.5. So if you are in between, you will have to decide for either less or more (while going up is recommended). The other option is to get custom-made prescription lenses, which are tailored to your exact needs. This may give you even better vision, but comes at a much higher price. For recreational divers and snorkellers, the pre-made option is usually sufficient (unless you have an unusual prescription, like a strong astigmatism).
Just to give you some examples for your options, the Hyperion Goby Prescription Dive Mask is a simple and affordable solution for recreational divers. In this option, both lenses will have the same dioptre. A nicer possibility is the TUSA Freedom Ceos Prescription Dive Mask. For your TUSA Freedom CEOS, you can choose the dioptre for each eye individually or you can add a bifocal lens for a better perception of your gauges. Our best selling prescription mask is the Scubapro Zoom Evo Prescription Dive Mask, as it fits a lot of faces at a great price! It’s a low volume mask with a wide field of vision, so it’s easy to clear!