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Prescription Ski Goggles

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Is there any point to these? I can't wear contacts; at the moment I wear normal ski goggles (with a wide 'shelf') over glasses which is a bit of a pain. This is fine in the sun, but my vision seems to be worse than my friends in poor visibility.

I am hugely short sighted - without the high index lenses I have in my glasses they'd be about an inch thick - I wonder if that will make ski goggles difficult?
post #2 of 10
I don't know how these would work in the Snowdome [!], but I did use prescription goggles previously. Now I wear contact lenses, which are far superior. In my experience, although contact lenses turned out to be the best option for me, the prescription goggles were very much better than goggles over glasses. The advantages were better vision and less fogging. Let us know what you decide to do and how it turns out fotr you.
post #3 of 10
Where does one find prescription goggles?? Im located in Calgary, Alberta, not sure exactly where to look. My sister requires glasses to ski, as she cant wear contacts. Last year she crashed and her glasses under the goggles left a nasty mess of her forehead so shes looking for some prescription goggles.

Any help on sourcing these would be great.

Thanks, Jeff
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post #5 of 10
I understand the problem with contacts--my eyes are too dry, and the high altitude/cold of skiing aggravates it. An alternative to prescription goggles is the Smith Turbo goggle. It has a little battery driven fan that vents the behind-the-goggle/glasses area quite effectively. I've used them for years, and only had fogging problems in super- wet conditions, and never from body heat. They're pricey, about $160 retail. Check out SierraTradingPost.com. They've had them at clearance prices in the past.
post #6 of 10
For skiing comfort and vision, if you can't use contacts, the prescription goggles perform better than any over-the-glasses goggle. The Smith Turbo has a little battery operated fan inside that does prevent much fogging. I bet you could get prescription goggles in a Smith frame with the Turbo fan, if you really wanted! But the non-fan models also do well. If I couldn't wear contacts, I'd wear prescription goggles.
post #7 of 10
I cannot wear contacts either. Rather I cannot get them in without sending myself blind - which really defeats the purpose.

Last year was really frustrating with fogging glasses as the body heat rose.

Does anti-fogging "stuff" work on the glasses?

The consensus seems to be prescription goggles but I would not think my eyes are that bad.

But again, to ski without fogging. How good would that be.
post #8 of 10
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My local shop showed me what they called 'prescription goggles' which seemed to be normal goggles with a holder behind them for the lenses. Made by Nanini I think. I can't see what benefit that has over putting goggles on top of glasses - you're still looking through double glazing.

I'll look at the URLs - the web sites I found didn't really explain what the end result was like, just gave a price. Unfortunately the prices quoted never seem to apply to me as my eyes are sooooo bad.
post #9 of 10
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SportRx generously do up to +/3 dioptres. I'm -12. Hmmm.

... ah I see Zimmco say 'the only goggle that does not use an insert' I'll have to talk to them.

[ August 08, 2002, 03:46 AM: Message edited by: Frances ]
post #10 of 10
Actually. there are a few goggles that do not use "inserts". In some, the prescription part actually is a part of the goggle lense and not an insert placed in from of it. I have never used the type with the insert hung from the inside, but the other types definitely were better for me than skiing. Also, ask you optometrist. I was at mine yesterday, and they had some really neat goggles that were like glasses that strap on like goggles, and lenses like large glasses, and the had enough wrap-around to be pretective and enough ventilation to be fog free. Also, while the "smear on" fog prevntion compounds aren't fool-proof, they do help somewhat.
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