contacts and goggles

contacts and goggles

Post by Frank Sold » Fri, 30 Jun 1995 04:00:00


Hi all!

I used to swim competitively but stopped as my eyesight grew worse.  I
now wear contact lenses and have tried to swim again with goggles but
am very uncomfortable with them, especially when even a drop of water
gets inside or the goggles shift (from a dive or turn).  Once the
goggles get in the way my concentration is gone and so is the race (and
time).

Could someone tell me if there is a high quality goggle that wont drip
or shift?  How about prescription goggles? I would appreciate any
comments from those near-sighted swimmers out there %) Thanks! --frank

 
 
 

contacts and goggles

Post by Joshua Wols » Fri, 30 Jun 1995 04:00:00

: Hi all!

: I used to swim competitively but stopped as my eyesight grew worse.  I
: now wear contact lenses and have tried to swim again with goggles but
: am very uncomfortable with them, especially when even a drop of water
: gets inside or the goggles shift (from a dive or turn).  Once the
: goggles get in the way my concentration is gone and so is the race (and
: time).

: Could someone tell me if there is a high quality goggle that wont drip
: or shift?  How about prescription goggles? I would appreciate any
: comments from those near-sighted swimmers out there %) Thanks! --frank
I still swim with contacts in and goggles on over them.  Of course, I
wear disposables, so if I lose them, I don't care that much....However,
my experience is that a good pair of Swedes will not move that much, and
your contacts should be fine.  Also, you have to realize that as long as
a bit of water is at the bottom of your goggles, it doesn't affect your
lenses.

--
 Always remember:
"I'm from a small town, they think so small, they use small words.
But not me, I'm smarter than that.  I've worked it out."--Peter Gabriel
                                                          in Big Time
Any questions?
Alrighty then, I expect to hear from you soon!
Josh

 
 
 

contacts and goggles

Post by Lynn Marsha » Fri, 30 Jun 1995 04:00:00

Frank:
The following is a bunch of information on the topic of prescription
goggles (much better than contacts, especially if you're mainly just
shortsighted).  It was taken from several different postings (sorry
-- I can't remember all the names!), but the opinions are mine.
Lynn
--------------

Speedo, Sprint and Kiefer (among other companies) make/market goggles in
standard diopter powers from roughly -1.00 to -10.00 in .5 increments.
The Speedos are available at most sporting goods stores. Here are addresses
for Kiefer and Sprint. The Kiefer and sprint goggles use a black neoprene
foam seal, the Sprint use a soft silicon seal. The're priced between US$18.00
and US$25.00.  

You can get Barracudas that are custom-ground with your exact prescription
(i.e., they will correct for astigmatism, not just distance).
You can also get them tinted for outdoor use.  There are three models
(sizes) available.  These are expensive >$120 depending on prescription.
They are available directly from Skyline Northwest (the maker's of Barracuda)
and some opticians.  (I think they have an 800 number; try 800 information
at 800-555-1212.)  If you can't find the number, look in a package of
Barracudas at a sporting goods store.

For Kiefer goggles try:

Adolph Kiefer & Associates
4211 highway 173
Zion
IL 60099
(800) 323-4071
(708) 872-8866

For Sprint goggles try:

Circle City Swimwear
5036 East 62nd Street
Indianapolis
IN 46220
(317) 257-7946
(800) 669-7946

Personally I think the Speedos are awful -- too big to seal around the eyes.
When I called Kiefer they only had Arena goggles, which sounded as large
as the Speedos.  I just got a new pair of Sprint goggles in the mail.
I've used them before and found them ok for training, but I'm not sure
I'd want to race in them.  My favourite kind are I-SPI which used to be
easily available in Canada, but now seem to be hard to find.

I recently got the address for I-SPI, but don't know if they deal by
mail order.  I've also discovered that they've slightly changed the goggles,
and they don't fit me well anymore!

Ingenious Sports Products Inc.
North Vancouver, BC
Canada  V7L 1A4

 
 
 

contacts and goggles

Post by James Hamilton Lambe » Fri, 30 Jun 1995 04:00:00

I'm very nearsighted but I've found that a particular
model of Arena goggles let me see fine underwater only.
I think I could actually read newspaper headlines off
the pool bottom. There isn't anything on the goggle
package that mentions this advantage and I've tried other
makes and models that looked similar without the same
result.
 
 
 

contacts and goggles

Post by Jason E. Sloa » Sat, 01 Jul 1995 04:00:00

I have poor eyesight, but have always seen perfectly underwater with
goggles no matter the brand. I always wondered if anyone else
experienced this. Now I just wear contacts with whatever goggles I
have with me, usually speedo. I have never had any leak problems and
have never lost a contact. Maybe I'm just fortunate. :)

Jason