Dive Mask with Progressive Bifocals

Wondering if you can get a dive mask with progressives?

Progressive Bifocals in a Dive Mask?

Progressive bifocals are far and away the most popular bifocal style on today’s eyewear market, but most bifocal wearers are surprised to find that progressives are not generally offered on prescription dive masks. Can you get them?

In a nutshell, progressives are not available on prescription dive masks. There are a variety of reasons for this, from the method of creating dive masks to the functionality of progressives underwater to the necessity. They all ultimately add up to the same thing: progressive bifocals are not available on dive masks.

Wondering why? Here is why you won’t find a dive mask with progressive bifocals:

  • Progressive bifocals are much more complicated than standard lined bifocals, and dive masks are not really set up for the lens type. Segment height is difficult to set up properly in a dive mask frame, making it more likely that you’ll have a hard time adjusting to a progressive.
  • Most prescription dive masks are made by adhering a flat-fronted prescription lens to the inside of a dive mask lens. Since progressive lenses cannot be flat on the front of a glass lens, they are impossible to laminate to the inside of a dive mask.
  • Progressive bifocals allow you to read, but most people do not do any reading underwater. Divers who need a bifocal to read their gauges get a lined bifocal, and they get the segment height low so that the bifocal is out of the way for the majority of their vision.
  • Most people who are snorkeling or diving do not need their reading area underwater and will actually be inhibited by it more than helped. Think about it: when you’re on land, the ground is a consistent distance from you when you look down. That is not the case underwater.
  • Most people who wear progressive bifocals go with single vision lenses in their prescription dive masks. If you are a progressive wearer and don’t need the bifocal for your gauges, we expect you’ll be very happy with a single vision lens for your prescription dive mask.

Prescription dive masks are most often purchased for snorkeling, diving, and vacationing. In our experience, very few people using a prescription dive mask need their reading area while underwater.

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If you’re looking for a special type of dive mask, or if you have other questions about prescription dive masks, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or give us a call. We’d love to help you and get all your questions answered.
If you wear bifocals but decide to go with single vision lenses in your prescription dive mask, all you need to do is ignore the “Bifocal” or “ADD” section of your prescription. Thanks for reading, and happy diving!

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Dive Mask with Progressive Bifocals

Wondering if you can get a dive mask with progressives?

Progressive Bifocals in a Dive Mask?

Progressive bifocals are far and away the most popular bifocal style on today’s eyewear market, but most bifocal wearers are surprised to find that progressives are not generally offered on prescription dive masks. Can you get them?

In a nutshell, progressives are not available on prescription dive masks. There are a variety of reasons for this, from the method of creating dive masks to the functionality of progressives underwater to the necessity. They all ultimately add up to the same thing: progressive bifocals are not available on dive masks.

Wondering why? Here is why you won’t find a dive mask with progressive bifocals:

  • Progressive bifocals are much more complicated than standard lined bifocals, and dive masks are not really set up for the lens type. Segment height is difficult to set up properly in a dive mask frame, making it more likely that you’ll have a hard time adjusting to a progressive.
  • Most prescription dive masks are made by adhering a flat-fronted prescription lens to the inside of a dive mask lens. Since progressive lenses cannot be flat on the front of a glass lens, they are impossible to laminate to the inside of a dive mask.
  • Progressive bifocals allow you to read, but most people do not do any reading underwater. Divers who need a bifocal to read their gauges get a lined bifocal, and they get the segment height low so that the bifocal is out of the way for the majority of their vision.
  • Most people who are snorkeling or diving do not need their reading area underwater and will actually be inhibited by it more than helped. Think about it: when you’re on land, the ground is a consistent distance from you when you look down. That is not the case underwater.
  • Most people who wear progressive bifocals go with single vision lenses in their prescription dive masks. If you are a progressive wearer and don’t need the bifocal for your gauges, we expect you’ll be very happy with a single vision lens for your prescription dive mask.

Prescription dive masks are most often purchased for snorkeling, diving, and vacationing. In our experience, very few people using a prescription dive mask need their reading area while underwater.

Shop Prescription Dive Masks

If you’re looking for a special type of dive mask, or if you have other questions about prescription dive masks, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or give us a call. We’d love to help you and get all your questions answered.
If you wear bifocals but decide to go with single vision lenses in your prescription dive mask, all you need to do is ignore the “Bifocal” or “ADD” section of your prescription. Thanks for reading, and happy diving!

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