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Prescription goggles?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hi all. My friend wants to get prescription goggles. He doesn't want OTG goggles. He wants the goggle lens to have his actual prescription.

I am not aware of anybody making them. Aquick search here and in google didn't turn up anything. If anybody knows of somebody who makes them, please let me know.

post #2 of 21
I use Rudy Project wrap-around glasses with inserts, and they work quite well. Rudy also makes googles (the Klonyx) and hybrids (the Ekynox SGV) that take inserts.

There are other brands, too, but the Rudys have the widest range of options.
post #3 of 21
Take a look at Panoptx. They have a line of eyewear specifically designed for the slopes. RX compatible on some styles.
post #4 of 21
Yet another option -
One or two models with lenses actually in the goggle surface, and lots others with inserts inside.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

Thank You

Thank you all. I wasn't aware of any of these brands. I will pass these along.
post #6 of 21
As a prescription wearing, non contact lens tollerant, non LASIK candidate, ski instructor, optometrist I can empathise with your friend.
Most of the stuff you have seen so far are hybrid glasses that border on goggles. I prefer goggles. I don't mind a nice Rx sunglass with good coverage now and then if teaching or cruising slow speed stuff. But goggle are really the best for bumps(glasses will fall off), trees, racing, speed...
There is not a good option for an Rx as the actual lens in the goggle. Uvex, Rudy Project, Bolle, Alpina, and maybe more do have reasonable Rx inserts that "clip" inside the goggle.
Warning: what do you do when you take your goggles off? and how do you keep four lens surfaces clean, fog free, and unscratched?
Good Luck,
post #7 of 21
THe sportrx site has lots of sunglasses, but has real goggles too, with both some Rx in the goggle surface and some Rx inserts. The inserts clip in very securely and sit very close to the goggle surface.

My son had both kinds, and had good experiences with both (replaced because his prescription changed, the goggles were still fine).

As for protecting the optical surface -- don't worry about it too much. A few scratches aren't a big deal, and prescription goggles are cheaper than prescriptions eyeglasses. (Well, unless you get cheap internet glasses, that is.)

My son has a fairly weak Rx, so he just put up with fuzzy vision in the lodge.

I have the opposite problem. I ski with contacts, but can no longer read with them, so I carry a pair of reading glasses in my pack.

(This year my son got contacts for everyday use, so he is skiing with them too.)
post #8 of 21
Has anyone tried these?
Flexible stick-on bifocal patches. Just for reading obviously. I might give them a try. Hopefully will be unobtrusive to normal vision when skiing.
post #9 of 21
I use prescription inserts in my Bolle goggles & Adidas sunglasses. I like the insert option because I can get my prescription inserts from the same optometrist as my regular glasses, and I know they'll be done right.
post #10 of 21
Great topic!
I wrote Ski magazines some year back telling them they should do an article on Rx skiing goggles. I have tried several OTG goggles which don’t work well for me because they are too big for my helmet (those ladies with small heads know what I’m talking about!). I went the contact lens route, but am between axis sizes so I could never get a pair that really fit. The last couple of years I started having trouble reading with the contacts. This year I tried mono-vision contacts and a new oval shaped lens made by Acuvue. It took a little time to get use to the mono-vision, but using them for my holiday ski trip I had good distance vision and could also read the trail map! The lenses are pretty comfortable and didn’t dry out as quickly as previous lens I’ve tried.
post #11 of 21
I like the look of those bifocal stickers. Maybe put one way off to the side, since you only need to read rarely but want to see moguls all the time.

Would be handy for underwater, too -- I've had even worse problems trying to take underwater photos -- it is basically point and guess (I have a lot of pictures of half a fish).
post #12 of 21

real RX goggles

My uncle has a pair of RX goggles. No inserts, just regular prescription goggles. They are UVEX, pass this along.
post #13 of 21
I have Rudy Project goggles and glasses which both use an RX insert. The glasses have multiple lens configurations for light conditions and are awesome. I also enjoy my goggles, have an additional lens for this as well.

My point being that goggles with an RX lens that is NOT interchangeable limit your options to change with light conditions (night skiing, flat light, etc)

One note with the goggles is that if you take a break, you loose the ability to use your rx while the goggles are off (in the lodge, or something like that- you look silly walking around indoors with the goggles on). Fortunately for me my vision allows for this without major issues and this far offsets the benefits of having the rx goggles for sure.

Make a point to absolutely be sure to find a good opthamologist that understands skiing and the goggle system you choose. My opthamologist is an avid skier, his two kids wear rx goggles and he was incredibly detailed in getting the lenses properly aligned and such. Sounds minimal, but they are setup properly and work incredibly. No more OTG, fogging glasses and goggles, etc.

Rudy is an awesome company to work with in the event you have issues- they even replace scratched lenses at a minimal cost regardless of how they were damaged. I can't say enough of the customer service they provide- great!!
post #14 of 21
I've used the Bolle sunglasses insert model - they worked well - but I tended to tear up in colder weather - maybe I was just sad. You can buy different lenses for sun and shade + they fit nice into your boot for safe storage at the end of the day.
post #15 of 21
Having used the Uvex Rx goggles some time ago, I found they definitely were better than OTG. Then I tried soft contacts. They worked and I could tolerate them. Then with age, I needed reading glasses. To solve both problems, I now use Bausch & Lomb SoftLens Multi-Focal. While I don't like them for all day looking at a computer screen, they work very well for skiing. The distance vision is darned good, and I can tell what time it is without having to ask someone to please look at my watch for me. These are all I ever use for sports or general wear, except for those days at the computer.

Best of all, unlike even the Uvex Rx goggles, the soft contacts never, ever fog, and I can use any pair of goggles (or sunglasses) I may desire.
post #16 of 21
I use Uvex G120 goggles which are prescription goggles that do not require an insert. I also have Panoptx Raptor prescription ski sunglasses. Both were purchased from SportRx. They do a nice job and have been responsive when I needed service.
post #17 of 21
Good idea about putting the stick on magnifier to the side. Put it low and to the side of your non dominant eye. We do this for golfers all the time. You don't need to read much skiing or golfing.
You may want to try Ciba Focus Dailies Multifocal for skiing as well. Good distance vision, decent reading, single use throw away ease. Or try a little monovision, although reduction in stereo depth perception is not the best for perception.
post #18 of 21
What the hell are you reading? Trail map?

I like disposable Daily contact lenses but they are not great for astigmatism.

That said, I also have a couple of pairs of very small, sports style frames that fit easily under my regular goggles. Adidas makes the sturdiest frames of the couple pair I use. I would like to get these in photograys for bright days. That said, I ski at night a lot and wear under clear or yellow goggles.
post #19 of 21
trail map, camera settings, cell phone.

Not a novel, but sturggling to read three or four words or symbols is a pain.

I see from your profile you are under 40. When I was 42 and still able to read, I thought I had magically avoided aging. Hah. Just wait.
post #20 of 21
There is a Dailies Focus Toric, limited specs though.
As for Photochromic technology, try to go with Polycarbonate for impact resistance. Keep in mind that the chemical reaction that is activated by UV radiation is a temperature dependent reaction. The colder it is, the darker they get and the longer they take to clear when out of the UV.

the dreaded Presbyopia will hit most by 45 for sure, I have seen a few make it to 50.

As I like to say when I can't see: vision is over rated!
post #21 of 21
i think you're thinking of the UVEX's. i bought some smith turbo fans from (they have UVEX as well). super helpful over the phone svs, too. i talked to them for about a half hour and couldn't be happier with my smith's. a little pricey, but definitely worth checking it out.
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