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Help for older eyes needed

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by BoatingDave, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
  2. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Missouri
    Disclaimer-i have not read the entire thread.

    Are you open to contacts? I am near sighted, but recently got to the point that I need "readers". My optometrist recommended "mono vision" contacts. One eye is for distance, one is for close up. Takes some getting used to, but I love em.

    Second disclaimer. If you hunt, or ride a motorcycle, this may not be for you. I noticed downsides in regards to those two a activities.

  3. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Savannah, GA
    For those who wear contacts: Be careful about cleaning, or even consider just wearing dailies for Scuba diving: critters that are in the water can get trapped between your eye and the contact and cause infections. Remember, as scuba divers we are exposed to a gazillion micro organisms that are actually unknown to science, uncatalogued, not in the taxonomy. It’s still a wild blue world out there!
  4. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    I don't remember the brand.

    I use spit for defog, and I don't have any issues with the stick-on lenses. I am a little more careful when I rub the defog onto the glass, though.

    If a critter get caught between my contact and my eyeball, I'm pretty certain I'd take that contact out long before any infection had time to develop.
  5. caruso

    caruso Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island, NY
    If it was microscopic you wouldn't know it was there.
  6. inka

    inka Barracuda

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Lima- Peru
    Bought them from this site in Canada:
    Lentilles autocollantes - Lee Valley Tools
  7. scrane

    scrane Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boise, ID.
    I use the Trident Aqua Optics product, which is optical glass and glued to the inside of your mask. No worries about fogging or coming loose and is removable by heat or a single edge razor, depending on what adhesive you use. I used the UV cured optical cement for a secure mount.
    I tried the stick on plastic lenses and didn’t like them.
  8. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Central
    Hi, can you tell me, the package for this product says it contains ONE lens for the LEFT eye. So am I correct in understanding that you buy two and just install the second one in the RIGHT dive mask lens? If so, does that work ok? Thanks for responding.
  9. jgttrey

    jgttrey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston
    Exactly. There is only 1 lens in each package. I have no idea why they advertise it as a "left eye" lens other than I guess they assume you wear your computer on the left wrist. It doesn't matter what side you put it on. It's perfectly round, flat on one side and convex on the other and works equally well on either side -- I mount one on each side, which means two kits. I've done at least three masks, two lenses each, and all worked perfectly.

    Three installation tips:

    1. Because one side is convex, and it is subtle particularly in the 2.0x version, it is important to make sure you are mounting the FLAT side against the inside glass of your mask. You can easily tell by setting the lens on a hard surface. If it rocks, that's the convex side. If it doesn't, you've got the flat side and that's what glues to the inside of the mask. I think some folks (including my dive buddy) inadvertently attach it with the convex side against the mask lens, which (a) is not very secure and (b) doesn't work. Properly applied, it will not come out unless you pry it out with a razor blade and a lot of gentle persuasion. It is very, very secure.

    2. The glue is very thin and only a drop or two is necessary to fully cover the area of the lens. Until you expose it to UV light (a sunny day is perfect), you can move the lens around very easy and it is easy to get all the bubbles out. Until you take it outside in the sun, there is no adhesive effect at all. The lens will slide around freely if you even slightly tilt the mask. So, be careful to make sure the lens is exactly where you want it before you expose it to the sun because the glue almost instantly starts to set.

    3. What worked best for me was to clean the mask and lens well, apply a drop of two of the glue inside the mask and get the lens exactly where I want it -- all while inside and out of sun. Then go outside, expose it to direct sun (making sure not to tilt the mask and move the lens) for about a minute. Then I go back inside and use a toothpick to remove any excess glue from around the lens - because the lens has been freely moving back and forth on the glue, there will be a smear of it around the perimeter. Another few minutes in the sun and it is more or less permanently attached.

    It is not hard to do, just take your time. Optically, its 1000x better than the vinyl ones.
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  10. Geobound

    Geobound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Ontario
    I had the same problem and my LDS showed me the stick on lenses and the XS Scuba Gauge Reader Mask.

    I decided to just go with the gauge reader mask and save myself the hassle of having to stick things on.

    So far I'm pretty happy with them.

    XS Scuba – Gauge Reader Mask – Aquarius Scuba

    And here is the writeup on the mask.......

    Have you ever looked at your computer while diving and wished the numbers looked bigger? With the new Gauge Reader mask, that wish has now become a reality. Our newest mask incorporates magni-fication lenses of +1.75 into the bottom of each lens. This allows you to see normally through the main lenses and yet, the ability to look down and see everything BIGGER. Ideal for photographers, videographers, “mature” divers and just about anyone who could use a little extra visual boost.

    • New design for 2013
    • Improved closeup magnification with new single plane glass
    • Unique design with +1.75 positive diopter magnification in lower one third of the lenses
    • Double feather edged sealing surface
    • Durable split window polycarbonate frame
    • Includes mask storage box (p/n AC110)

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