First off, let me say that I’m pretty darn nearsighted. I’ve worn glasses since second grade. They’re the first thing I put on in the morning and the last thing I take off at night. I had a couple tries with contacts, but glasses are what I’m used to.
So, along with that I’ve gone through life never being able to see much when I’m at a pool or the beach. I’d resigned myself to only being able to identify people by the color of their swimsuit. I’d often said that if I ever got lasik one of the best things would be to go to a beach and actually see.
Then last year, I don’t recall how, exactly. I heard about optical swim goggles. And only fourteen dollars with shipping! The only experience I’d had with any sort of prescription strength goggles was some snorkel goggles at Hanuma Bay. They let me see underwater, but I was still blind above the surface.
Like most people, one eye is stronger then the other, but they’re fairly close so I got them to the slightly better eye. They aren’t exactly glasses of course, but I can see just the same above and below water. Which is totally amazing if you’ve never been able to see clearly.
Another thing about me is I have a slight fear of pools. I’m actually more comfortable in ocean then pool. It’s because I almost drowned in a pool when I was a kid, and really it was just made worse by the not being able to see. But with the goggles I’m much more comfortable and confident in the pool. And yes, I did have swimming lessons as a kid after that.
I got mine at swimoutlet.com and if you have any sort of vision problem keeping you of the pool then I’d definitely recommend them.