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    Dive Masks

    Does anyone have a reputable source for outsourcing prescription dive masks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randle Tibbs, ABOM View Post
    Does anyone have a reputable source for outsourcing prescription dive masks?
    I liked Scuba Optics, but it has been more than ten years since I placed an order for bonded lenses.

    Owned by Bob Klomann, ABOM.

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    We do Rx scuba masks daily. Call us! 800-338-8804
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    As a side note, I've been told there are particular conversions for pool swimming vs open water, due to different optical properties of small vs large bodies of water. It also looks like many of the online vendors only offer spherical lenses with the same power OU. Are the options for truly "custom" (ie: actually monocularly correct) Rx's super limited in both swim goggles and dive masks? We don't get a ton of requests, but we do have several dive shops and locations close to the city. Would be nice to know.

    TIA!

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    Did a lot of PPE for firefighters back in the day and we did successfully use inserts on Scott Airpacs. We had no problems with cylindrical lenses or dissimilar Rx's. I don't see where this would be an issue today.
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    I do a lot of inserts for gas masks for fire department and the gas workers union around here. I think Hilco has a scuba mask insert you can get. I am 100% certain the metal inserts I use for the gas masks would probably work in a scuba mask as well.

    I'm sure nothing beats a scuba mask with bonded lenses though!

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    No, not inserts. Looking for true Rx-ed swim goggles and bonded dive masks. And the 'compensations' for the different water types if applicable.

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    Bonded dive masks generally suckith particularly as lens power increases. You are probably going to end up with the lenses worn 50 - 100M from the eye. You can, of course compensate the vertex distance but the slightest deviation from the visual axis will probably put the probably put the gaze out side the lens.

    Never heard of compensating an Rx for "different water types" although I suppose that someone could come up with a formula to take into consideration of the refractive index of fresh water vs. salt water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uilleann View Post
    No, not inserts. Looking for true Rx-ed swim goggles and bonded dive masks. And the 'compensations' for the different water types if applicable.
    Let me know about all that stuff if you find out where and how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    Never heard of compensating an Rx for "different water types" although I suppose that someone could come up with a formula to take into consideration of the refractive index of fresh water vs. salt water.
    Maybe we should ask Bluetech and Crizal Prevencia.

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    When I started in this industry last century, I lived in San Diego. Somehow I was stupid enough to be trained on custom bonded dive masks. A lot of divers out there!

    Anyhow, plano base saddlebacks and franklin style segs with custom patterns. Not fun at all. I was high on epoxy fumes half of the day. Yuck.

    Most of of our customers just wanted something to see their watch with, so accuracy was not as important. Our OD did adjust the RX for vertex, however, but not for water density.

    Can’t say who does them nowadays since I’m on the other coast now.

    Good of luck on your search.

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    I've never compensated for water salinity, but I have a few fireman and even more gas workers with high prescriptions wearing my compensated inserts.

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    Just wanted to stop by and say that Glenn Fluegge did a high CYL ft35 scuba mask for a client here and they came out FANTASTIC. She absolutely loved them Glenn. And when I say high cyl I'm talking over -6.00 diopters of cylinder.

    Glenn Fluegge is the Scuba mask MASTER.

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    I also wanted to ask you a similar question. I found so many contacts at once, thank you to everyone who could help!

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