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Old 08-31-2012   #1 (permalink)
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snorkeling question

My wife & I will be at The Royal next Saturday for a week. One of those days we are planning to go to Akumal to shorkel. Problem is that my wife wears eye glasses & is blind as a bat without them. We were planning on renting snorkeling equipment from one of the dive shops there. Does anybody know if they rent masks so that she may be able to see without her glasses?
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Highly doubt it.

I'd find a mask locally that fits her, and that also will accommodate a prescription lense. You won't be able to match her prescription exactly with the amount of time that you have left, but probably come close enough to allow her to enjoy the experience.

Other option -- contacts.
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I'd try and get contacts. I am near sighted and can see close up with out my glasses When I snorkel I use a distance vision contact in one eye only. That way I have close up and distance vision both.

A friend told me about this technique years ago - she used to do it for downhill skiing.

Works Great!!!!
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My wife & I will be at The Royal next Saturday for a week. One of those days we are planning to go to Akumal to shorkel. Problem is that my wife wears eye glasses & is blind as a bat without them. We were planning on renting snorkeling equipment from one of the dive shops there. Does anybody know if they rent masks so that she may be able to see without her glasses?

rats right,,,you wont find one,,,id recommend tht you buy a mask, get one with the individual eye, not the one big plate,,,then just take them apart, and take the 2 pieces of glass into your local eye doctor and he can cut you 2 pieces, then just reassemble it all....easy
i have seen people who glue a little magnify glass in the upper corner of the mask,,,,but just get a couple lenses cut the same size as the mask, and your good to go
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Thank you for all of your suggestions. Very helpful. We are very excited to be going there. This will be our first time to Akumal. I want to thank all on this forum for their comments about Akumal, very helpful.
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I have taken an old pair of glasses(take off the sides) and fitted them into my snorkle. It works great for me.
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I have taken an old pair of glasses(take off the sides) and fitted them into my snorkle. It works great for me.

can you send picture please
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can you send picture please
Took the words right out of my mouth.

Only thing my tiny little mind could envision was an old fashioned monocle on a rod.
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Dont forget to stop by Lucy's for Ice Cream afterwards... YUMMMMM
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Highly doubt it.

I'd find a mask locally that fits her, and that also will accommodate a prescription lense. You won't be able to match her prescription exactly with the amount of time that you have left, but probably come close enough to allow her to enjoy the experience.

Other option -- contacts.
Ditto - if you have time before you head out you can now order masks to your prescription from Optometrists. If you try to take out lenses yourself and take them in to a lab it will be difficult to get them back in watertight.

However the cost might not be effective for a one off trip.

My dear old dad made a pair himself, but he was an aviation armaments technician and had the British Ministry of Defense airbase workshop at his disposal.
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I think the prescription strength of a corrective snorkel mask wouldn't be the same as your glasses scrip, due to the magnifying effect underwater....you will be able to see but it's not ideal.

She could go into her eye doctor and request a sample pair of contacts just for the trip. Assuming she can wear contacts.
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Ditto - if you have time before you head out you can now order masks to your prescription from Optometrists. If you try to take out lenses yourself and take them in to a lab it will be difficult to get them back in watertight.

However the cost might not be effective for a one off trip.

My dear old dad made a pair himself, but he was an aviation armaments technician and had the British Ministry of Defense airbase workshop at his disposal.
From an optometrist who makes lenses for masks. Your neighborhood optometrist will not be able to help you. There are other options also for corrective lenses for masks.

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I think the prescription strength of a corrective snorkel mask wouldn't be the same as your glasses scrip, due to the magnifying effect underwater....you will be able to see but it's not ideal.

She could go into her eye doctor and request a sample pair of contacts just for the trip. Assuming she can wear contacts.
What about the magnifying effect underwater for those people who do not need corrective lenses? Their masks don't have lenses that negate the magnifying effect.

If you have a mask (mine for example - TUSA Liberator ) for which lenses are readily available, you would send in your regular perscription. If there is a difference in lenses, I can't tell the difference. I would be able to read, drive, or anything else with my mask on. I do plan on continuing to wear my glasses for the above mentioned activities, however.
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From an optometrist who makes lenses for masks. Your neighborhood optometrist will not be able to help you. There are other options also for corrective lenses for masks.



What about the magnifying effect underwater for those people who do not need corrective lenses? Their masks don't have lenses that negate the magnifying effect.

If you have a mask (mine for example - TUSA Liberator ) for which lenses are readily available, you would send in your regular perscription. If there is a difference in lenses, I can't tell the difference. I would be able to read, drive, or anything else with my mask on. I do plan on continuing to wear my glasses for the above mentioned activities, however.

dat rats right again!..I would watch if you get the pieces cut to fit into the mask as some masks are low relief, which means they set very close on your face, others set far out from your eyeballs, so do keep that in mind if you go with the cut lenses, cause im sure that will effect your overall sight ,its very easy to take the masks apart especially the 2 independant eye ones,,,,,what id love to do is see if i can get a set cut with those transition lenses that darken up in the bright sun, then when your diving the brighten up,,,soon there will be a manufacture that will jump on that im sure..
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I stand corrected. I was told by my optometrist the scrip was different from your normal one for masks. I just wear my contacts.
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