Published December 29, 2016 | Diving, Duiken

Visibility is a big concern when it comes to scuba diving. Most divers have concerns with eyesight and they have myriad questions about how to go about diving when you have vision problems. Luckily, a diver with vision problems has a solution in contact lenses or a prescription mask. However, it is important to consider various factors before starting diving with contact lens.

Here are some of these concerns you should consider when diving with contact lens:

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  • When can a visibility problem pose a problem? While underwater visibility is mostly poor, it is important to appreciate the importance of a good eyesight in order to read the pressure gauge and also interpret other divers’ signals. If you realize you can’t read these signals or you are struggling to read the submersible pressure gauge, it is time to think about correcting your vision with contact lenses.
  • How does water affect visibility? Water has a magnifying effect on objects and this helps a diver with mild vision problems to swim comfortably. If you have a mild vision problem, you might not need to wear contact lenses because the water will magnify objects around you.
  • Is it okay to swim with ordinary glasses? This is not only risky but also impractical. The glasses won’t allow the mask skirt to seal tightly on your face. The best alternative in this case is to use a mask with prescription glasses.
  • How effective is a prescription mask? If you normally wear prescription glasses, you might not be comfortable with contact lenses. Luckily, you can order for a prescription mask but always remember to bring along your glasses for use as you prepare for the dive and after the dive. If you are planning a diving vacation, make sure you have a backup prescription mask in case anything happens to the first.
  • Are contact lenses safe? Contact lenses are safe for diving unless they are made of a hard or gas permeable material. Such a material can suction painfully onto the eye as underwater pressure increases. Make sure you close your eyes when removing the mask to avoid washing away the lenses.
  • Is it possible to dive after corrective eye surgery? It is important to allow enough time for the eye to heal, but more importantly you should follow your doctor’s instructions. If you experience any discomfort during a dive, consult your doctor to avoid exacerbating the problem.

That’s all about “Diving With Contact Lens”, poor eyesight should not be a hindrance in scuba diving. You have options to correct poor visibility and you should confidently try them out. Make sure you go check our website for your next diving trips and try these tips with us.