7 Things Not to Do With Your Prescription Swim Goggles

Prescription swim goggles are among the best things that have ever happened to the glasses-wearing community. If you love to swim, visit the pool, go on lake-side camping trips or take sunny beach vacations, needing prescription lenses can be a major hassle. Everyone finds themselves, at one point or another, making the compromise bewteen keeping their glasses safe or being able to see. Actually going swimming almost always involves sacrificing visual clarity. Unless, of course, you have prescriptions swim goggles or a prescription mask to go swimming with.

Goggles have been the go-to swimwear solution because they are so versatile in how and where you can use them. More lightweight than a mask, your prescription goggles can even be comfortably transitioned on and off your face while you ‘air out’ your eye sockets between swims. Many people who get prescription goggles wear them all day alternating between keeping them on your eyes, propped up on your forehead, or dangling conveniently around your neck. You can wear them for swimming, water balloon¬†fights, and even finally gain the ability to see during rides at water parks.

However, as versatile as prescription swim goggles are, there are still some things that you shouldn’t do with them or while wearing them. Unfortunately, some of the things on our list today are mistakes that are all too easy to make after a long exciting day of water play with the ability to see clearly both in and out of the water.

1) Sleep in Them

Swimming is an incredibly enjoyable pastime and when combined with the heady powers of direct sunlight, even adults feel the draw of the warm after-swim nap. With a towel draped over your deck chair or a sunny patch of grass, it’s nice to stretch out in a sunbeam and let the afternoon comfortably lull you to sleep. But don’t do this while your goggles are still on your face. This is a particularly easy mistake to make for glasses-wearers who are used to a little extra weight over the nose and eyes and have been known to fall asleep with glasses on from time to time.

Leaving your goggles on to sleep is a quick recipe for waking up with uncomfortable and sore ‘raccoon eyes’ whether or not they were not completely sealed to your face at the time. Even propped up on your forehead is a good way to get forehead ovals and over-expose your goggles to the sun.

2) Wear Them Sunbathing

Speaking of sunlight exposure, it’s important to remember that swim goggles are made of perfectly normal soft plastic which is not well known for withstanding many hours of the sun’s rays. As we all know, you don’t necessarily have to be asleep to spend several hours of a water-play day lying in a sunbeam. In fact, many people recreationally sunbathe to simply enjoy the warm rays and perhaps build up a certain amount of tan. However, when doing this, take care to remember where your goggles are. If they are on your head and your head is in direct sunlight for hours, your goggles are likely to take a certain amount of heat damage even if you are awake at the time.

3) Rough Housing

Children rough house and frolick with and without goggles all the time. They play on the beach side, on the grass beside lakes, and they get admonished by lifeguards for running beside the pool. While this might be fine for kids (and young adults) wearing $5 goggles you can pick up in packs at any grocery or pool supply store, prescription goggles are a lot harder and a bit more costly to replace.

If you want to see your goggles last long enough to upgrade the prescription, be careful with the rough activities. Just like normal goggles, the straps can snap, the plastic can twist and it is even theoretically possible to crack the lenses. Treat your goggles with care and advise prescription wearing children to do the same.

4) Googles While Diving

There is no problem diving in from the pool edge or one of the low-set diving boards that just give you a little bounce but high dives pose a unique challenge for your goggles. As you fall, the pressure increases against the goggles and hitting the water can be quite a jolt. While there are some urban myths about the effects of pressure and suction, in reality, this can push the goggles uncomfortably against your eye sockets and possibly leave bruises, There may even be enough pressure to either damage the goggles or simply overcome the suction and knock them loose.

5) Playing In the Hot Springs

Remember when we mentioned that goggles shouldn’t be left in direct sunlight, even on your head? It’s not exactly sunlight that’s the problem so much as the unusually high temperature the goggles can reach when heated by the sun Along the same lines, you will want to be careful when exploring swimming environments of extreme temperatures Hot Springs, for instance, can rise to well above 100 degrees F. Consider leaving all goggles, prescription or otherwise, in your chair when spending much time in Hot Springs or a very warm spa.

6) Constant Adjusting

The next thing we’d like to warn you about is a habit that many goggles wearers develop without even realizing it. Because goggles hold on tightly, we tend to notice them and have the urge to fidget with them to see if they can be made more comfortable. Some models of goggles also have the smooth rubber style straps that seem to come loose all the time. Unfortunately, pulling and adjusting your goggles constantly can put stress on the parts. If you find yourself fidgeting with your goggles a lot, you are at risk of accidentally breaking off the straps. Look for goggles with the rigged straps that hold on better to help reduce this problem.

7) Pack Them Damp

Finally, the way you put your prescription goggles away is almost as important as what you do while you’re wearing them. Goggles are made of a mix of hard and soft plastic and plenty of little crevaces, grooves, and cups for water to hide and linger. However, allowing your goggles to remain damp can put them at risk of mold and other similar problems. Never toss your goggles straight into a waterproof swim bag. Instead, let them air dry hanging around your neck or out on the table while you pack up and consider a quick towel dry if you’re in a hurry.

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