Seeing below the water surface is often a challenge for snorkelers, and this can reduce the fun somewhat. It doesn’t matter whether you wear glasses or not. So is there anything you can do about it? Actually, there are several options available to improve your underwater vision. Here are some of the most popular things you can try.
Vision Correction Options for Snorkeling
But first, you have to find out whether you are facing problems in seeing things close or from a distance. The correct approach can be determined based on the answer. Some of these solutions will cost you little money, while others are more expensive, and may even go up to several hundreds of dollars. But the money spent is worth it because it doesn’t make sense if you have spent a lot of money on your snorkel mask and other equipment, and still cannot see anything. So the right solution is a good investment.
You might remember from your childhood that water magnifies what we see below. So everything will appear closer and larger. It thus becomes easier to see, unless you wear glasses.
You will find some masks where there are “gauge reader” lenses. But the diopter choice options are limited. Very few manufacturers are offering them at this time. The price is almost the same as a plain glass mask, so go for it if you can find one. You are likely to find these masks useful.
Masks with Correction Lenses
Another good mask is one where there are left & right correction lenses. The lenses can be changed at the store itself. You will find them in increments of .5 and the cost is also negligible (it is usually between $90 and $140 for both the correction lenses and the mask). So it’s a great solution if you have eye prescriptions.
Disposable contact lenses are also becoming popular now. This works for you easily if you are wearing contact already. However, the contact can wash out if your mask leaks and there is water inside. Wear a good quality full-face snorkel mask to reduce the risk.
The last option is to take your eyeglass prescription and mask to a dive shop and ask them for custom lenses that match your prescription. This is likely to cost you more. Your vision will be very good, but depending on the prescription, and the lens’ thickness, your mask could get slightly heavier.