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Advise on solution for near sight diver

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Itay, May 10, 2021.

  1. Itay

    Itay Registered

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    Hi,
    I have a real problem which I don't know how to solve..
    Basically, I am near-sighted - so I need optical glasses in order to see clear from far. The problem is that to read a book (or for that matter, to see my dive computer/watch) I need to take off my glasses. I can read very clearly without any glasses. The problem is obviously underwater - I have an optical mask which allow me to see clear far away, but when I need to read my DC, I am in trouble. Is there any solution for this problem? I am thinking to mount a magnifying glass on my DC - just desperately need a solution here... I don't think a multi-focal will help here since I don't need a reading lense...
    Thanks in advance!
    Itay
     
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  2. ibj40

    ibj40 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My initial Seavision “prescription” mask had a normal primary lense with gage reader capability ground into the inner corners. I could look straight ahead and see just fine, and if I wanted to read my gages I looked through the readers.
     
  3. Itay

    Itay Registered

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    Thanks for the prompt reply.
    Could you please share a link for this setup. My search just found prescription lenses...
     
  4. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You need plano for close up vision and your prescription will be ground into the upper half. Try www.prescriptiondivemasks.com or www.seavisionusa.com

    SV is cheaper and will include a mask. PDM will require that you send them your mask or buy one on their site. Both will produce good results.

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  5. ibj40

    ibj40 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    How It's Made | SeaVision

    Doing this from my iPhone, but if that link doesn’t work, it is their Guage Reader +2.00 lense (under the Services tab).
     
  6. Diverlady13

    Diverlady13 Contributor

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    I don't know if you're open to contact lenses, but they might be a good solution over prescription lenses in your mask. A little over a year ago I switched to Bausch + Lomb ULTRA for Presbyopia. These have reading glasses "built in" and I've been extremely happy with them. They aren't a bifocal or trifocal lens and aren't weighted, so you don't have to get used to looking in a specific spot or the lens moving around. (I don't think I'd like those types of lenses.) Somehow the reader is just built right into the lens. I'm very nearsighted and these have helped me immensely with being able to see close while still having my far vision corrected.
     
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  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Why do you think he needs a +2 reader? His close-up vision does not require lenses. He needs long distance lenses in the top half with plano beneath.
     
  8. ibj40

    ibj40 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My mistake. When I read it, this is all the stuck in my mind: "but when I need to read my DC, I am in trouble."

    I apologize to you and the OP.
     
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  9. captain

    captain Captain

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    Mono vision contacts is also an option, one lens is for far and one for close. Use the close lens in the non dominate eye. The brain quickly adjusts to the two different lens and you don't notice it. I did it for years not just for diving.
     
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  10. inquisit

    inquisit ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I just wear one contact lens with a normal mask. The brain is an amazing thing to make sense of it all.

    I have considered stick-on magnifiers, but my distance vision isn't noticeably improved by wearing both contacts.
     

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