Guide to Prescriptions
I have a prescription, can I get a Prescription Mask?
We hear this question a lot here at Mike's Dive Store and the short answer is in most cases yes you can!
But, there are a couple of options and its important to understand that your individual prescription does affect what options are available to you and in turn what we can provide for you.
I'm not sure what the numbers on my prescription mean!
Eye Prescriptions can come in a variety of formats and can be quite confusing at first glance, however understanding what your prescription means is the first step into buying a prescription mask!
We have found this really handy guide for understanding prescriptions and would recommend reading through before continuing.
I need spherical correction only
I need Bi-Focal correction
Bi-Focal refers to no correction required for distance but a positive dioptre for close up reading
This can be easily corrected, take a look at our range of Prescription Masks and see our Guide to buying a Prescription Mask for more details on this.
I need varifocal lenses
Varifocal lenses refer to a lense that requires two prescriptions in one lense, ie a negative in the top for distance and a positive in the bottom for reading close-up.
Sadly off the shelf lenses do not come in this specification :( However you can still get lenses specifically made and fitted to your mask through a company called Dive Sight - We would advise contacting them with your prescription to to first get a quote.
We are more than happy to supply the mask directly to Dive Sight if you have arranged this with them already.
I have an astigmatism (Axis) less than 2.00
If your astigmatism (Axis value) is less than 2.00 (Sometimes displayed as 200) then we can still supply lenses to correct for the Spherical value.
However it is important to note that these lenses do not correct for astigmatism so in some cases they may still be slightly blurry.
If you have astigmatism and want crystal clear vision please see the below method!
I have an astigmatism (Axis) greater than 2.00
If your astigmatism (Axis value) is greater than 2.00 (Sometimes displayed as 200) then off the shelf lenses are unlikely to work well for you.
However you can still get lenses specifically made and fitted to your mask. Bespoke lenses are a more costly approach but are made to your exact prescription so will offer a more precise correction. Visit our Bespoke Prescription Mask Lenses page for more information.