Good Advice for Wearing Prescription Eyeglasses On The Water…
Do you know about wearing prescription eyeglasses on Sea Doo Tours? With about 75% of North Americans needing some kind of corrective lens to improve our eyesight, it’s no surprise that this group includes many Sea Doo, jet ski or Waverunner PWC riders. Some can wear contact lens while riding, but like me on my Sea Doo GTX S 155, many experienced riders and beginners have to wear prescription eyeglasses on their Sea Doo tours.
How to Wear Prescription Eyeglasses – Challenges
Wearing prescription eyeglasses presents several challenges. One is keeping them on and not losing them in the drink. Most prescription eyewear doesn’t float (check out floating sun glasses), so I always secure mine with a floater strap that holds them snuggly in place and keeps them from sinking if they do fall off.
Another challenge is properly protecting your eyes from sun, wind and rain. While this is something that every rider needs to do, it’s specially challenging for eyeglass wearers because our daily living eyewear typically is more designed for fashion than protection. For instance at a minimum, you’ll need prescription sunglasses – and don’t expect those clip on shades to stay on while you’re PWC riding!
The best eye protection on a personal watercraft comes from dark lens goggles or wraparound sunglasses. But to my knowledge, neither of these configurations can be fitted with prescription lenses, primarily because of their curvature. But I’ve found that neither regular or slightly curved prescription sunglasses provide sufficient protection from glare off the water, side winds or raindrops.
How to Wear Prescription Eyeglasses – Solutions
I’ve discovered two solutions for best eye protection. One is that some eyeglass stores sell sunglass safety frames that are specially designed to fit against your face to keep things out of your eyes and to take prescription lens. These work very well. Two, and less expensive, is to wear your regular prescription glasses under a pair of those wrap around sunglasses designed to fit over them. I bought mine at Costco and they work well for me – just remember to attach floater straps to both frames.
One more challenge with wearing eyeglasses on the water can be breaking a frame or losing a lens while riding. That’s why I always a spare pair on board, so I can se my way home if something unforeseen happens to my primary pair.
Lastly, keep your various Sea Doo riding glasses in good protective cases when not in use and all together in one convenient place so they always with you for a ride, not sitting on the kitchen counter at home. And after every ride, take a moment to clean the lens and tighten frame screw so they are ready to go for your next adventure.
The tips and advice in this article are the opinions of the author, may not work in every situation and are intended only for the convenience and interest of the reader, who has the personal responsibility to confirm the validity, accuracy and relevancy of this information prior to putting it to their own use.