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RX mask?
BurningChrome - 5/03/2012 6:41 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 8

as i get older and my eye site gets worse, i find i can’t do much of anything w/o my glasses...and i have tried to wear contacts, but i just can’t seem to make it work for me. order to keep diving, i’m thinking i need to get a mask with my eyeglass prescription in the lenses.

can anyone recommend a company to use...or to avoid? or any other general thoughts on the topic?

btw, i’ve contemplated lasik, but it’s just not in the cards right now...

LatitudeAdjustment - 5/03/2012 8:30 AM
Do you need them to see or just for the fine print on gauges/computer/camera?

XS Scuba makes a gauge reader mask that I need for the camera.

There are mask that have pop out lens you can change or go for a perscription mask. I haven’t used either of those options so I can’t help.

Beware of stick on lens, they come off in the rinse bucket :(
BurningChrome - 5/03/2012 9:30 AM
thanks for the reply...

i guess i kinda need them to see...i am "required" to wear them to drive...i wear progressive lenes with an astigmatism in 1 eye. the gauge reader mask may work for the other eye. i’ll check out xs scuba.

i had read that about the stick on lenses.
ScubaDreaminn - 5/04/2012 8:41 AM
I have a prescription mask, but it was years ago that I had it done, so don’t remember the company - just know that I LOVE IT! Don’t have to worry about my contacts and can see all the wonders! One of my friends is checking into now so if I get any information I will pass along to you.
BurningChrome - 5/04/2012 1:16 PM
thanks...that would be’s not an imminent purchase, but hopefully soon...
TColJeep - 5/04/2012 3:42 PM
This is a company located in San Diego. I had them put a set of readers into my mask about 4 years ago. They did a great job. I’ve got over 200 dives on that mask now and they are fantastic. As soon as I find a a spare mask I’m having them set it up also.
TColJeep - 5/04/2012 3:46 PM
Also, I had Lasik surgery. My distance vision is great, but I still needed the readers to see my guages and camera screen. Unfortunately as we get older our vision just doesn’t adjust from far to near as well. Good luck.
BurningChrome - 5/05/2012 6:10 AM
thanks for the link and the info...i’ll be sure to check it out. if i only needed readers, that would be an improvement...and less costly...
maildiver - 7/03/2012 5:26 PM
I have used optical masks that the dive shops rent out, these will work Ok, best bet is to do what I did, go to your local dive shop, pick a mask that fits really good, and have the shop send it in with your prescription for custom lenses. I paid over 200 bucks, but worth every penny.