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Reading glasses that won't get lost in water

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Subcooled, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    I would need reading glasses to read gauges. I found some stick on lenses, but unfortunately they become detached in water. I thus cannot apply them on a spare mask, and I already lost a pair when my mask flooded. There has to be a waterproof solution. Any idea? Thanks.
     
  2. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

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    Buy a prescription mask. I bought my wife one for $40 a few years ago but i think usually they are 2 or 3 times that price. Worth it to be able to see clear underwater though. A quick google search will find several online stores that can fill custom orders.
     
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  3. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's obviously a far more expensive option but you can eliminate the need by getting an easy to read air integrated dive computer. Shearwater perdix AI would meet the need, but there are others too.

    One of my dive buddies struggles with cheaters in his masks. He's lost lenses like you and so far has not found a good solution. He doesn't want to spend the money replacing his dive computer with an easier to read model.
     
  4. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

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  5. ibj40

    ibj40 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    And here's another one.

    My wife and I both dive Seavision masks with our prescriptions incorporated in them. I started out with their gage reader version, but as my vision got worse, I could see better at distance with the readers, which I knew wasn't right.

    Seavision
     
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  6. lexvil

    lexvil ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    With my eyes changing constantly and my preference for the scubapro frameless mask I have found the best readers, for me, are the cheapish plastics stick ones from amazon work best, surface prep being the most important step followed by letting them dry in place for a few days a close second.

    I have tried the glass ones, like trident sells, which are better lenses but the glue they supply is useless and washes out far to easily, I had turned to glueing them in with silicone which makes them permanent so they best be in the right spot and the right power because there is no going back.

    The plastic ones have held up very well, I dive a lot and they hold up for rinsing etc and those times when your mask just doesn’t want you to enjoy your dive and keeps on flooding. I wouldn’t trust them for long term spare mask use, I use one of my old silicone glass one for that.
     
  7. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    Fortunately, I have an Uwatec large dial logarithmic scale analog depth gauge. I cannot read the numbers, but I can see where the dial points. This is safe(ish) on most recreational dives, but not adequate on more demanding dives. And I need something more affordable than the big screen $700 computers.

    I thought that stock prescription lenses would be more like standard glasses and would not feature reading glasses (+1...+3) in the lower part... I was wrong :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2018
  8. Subcooled

    Subcooled Assistant Instructor

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    I would love the Shearwaters and the like, though.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2018
  9. peterak

    peterak ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sherwood and XS both sell masks with reader magnifying lenses built into the bottom halves. Both under $100. Check Amazon.
     
  10. Oz Chris

    Oz Chris Nassau Grouper

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    I know someone who takes a pair of glasses with them. Has a pair with the arms removed attached by a bungie to her BC.
     
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