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.
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
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
For Sprint goggles try:
Circle City Swimwear
5036 East 62nd Street
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