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sachilles Rookie 3 posts since
Jul 1, 2011
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Jul 13, 2011 9:54 AM

What do I do with my glasses during an open water swim?

I am newbie getting ready for a second race.  My eyesight is so bad that without my glasses its hard for me to find my bike in the transition area.  Last race a kind official saw me looking for a place for to put my glasses after the swim.  He held them for me when I came out of the water.  I suspect that will not something I can count on.  Does anyone have any suggestions?


Thank you,

  • lvziggy Amateur 18 posts since
    May 4, 2011

    whoo boy, do I feel for you!  I used to be in the same boat.  My eyesight was REALLY bad, and having to deal with glasses or contacts kept me from doing a lot of activities, especially snorkeling.  I finally had lasik done several years ago and it was the best decision I've ever made.  I can see how participating in a triathlon would be an issue.  I know they make prescription snorkel masks, maybe you could see if someone makes prescription swim goggles?    If not, maybe you could just use a prescription snorkel mask?  I know they aren't the best for swimming, but if it's your only option . . .


    edited to inquire about contact lenses?  I assumed you don't wear them, but if you could try some that might be the easiest answer.  The goggles would keep the water out of them.

  • cnjhudson Rookie 1 posts since
    Jul 14, 2011

    I have the same problem. I found a site online where I could buy prescription goggles and I wear those all the way to transition. I leave my glasses in my bike helmet. The goggles weren't expensive -- only $8! While I couldn't get a perfect match for my prescription I got one that was close enough.  In order to do that I went to my eye doctor and showed him the options that I could get and he told me which one was best. Unbelievable difference for me -- Swimming -- even just casual -- is so much more fun because I can see! woo hoo! is the site I bought mine at.

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    Jul 14, 2011

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