Two for One: Don't Forget Your Prescription Ski Goggles

No matter what time of year it is, it's never too early to start planning for ski season. If you're looking forward to a return to the slopes but have gotten glasses for the first time, now is a great time to start looking into getting prescription ski goggles. Yes, these really are a thing, and a pair of these can make skiing so much more comfortable.

Comfort and Convenience

Prescription ski goggles eliminate the need to have two layers of lenses between you and the slopes. Your alternatives would be to wear regular ski goggles over prescription glasses or contacts. While this can technically work, it can be uncomfortable if a contact slips or if the goggles press into the glasses, in turn pressing them into your head. Plus, if you're in an accident, you risk breaking your glasses.

Wearing glasses inside goggles also increases the risk of fogging problems. It's bad enough that goggles can sometimes fog, although prescription goggles are usually treated to resist fogging up. But if you have glasses on, too, that's yet more glass or plastic that can suddenly obscure your vision.

Cost Effective

Prescription ski goggles are formulated to be strong and safe. They are also relatively affordable, so don't think that you have to spend lots of money to get these. Still, the thought of full lenses can be daunting if you've been trying to stick to a budget, so another option would be getting special prescription inserts that fit inside the goggles. However, with those, you run the risk of the insert moving, especially if you crash. Clearly, getting full prescription goggles is best.

If you're concerned about the goggles enabling you to see at a distance but not up close, or vice versa, don't be. Ask your optometrist about progressive and bifocal options.

Caution First

A word of warning to those new to wearing glasses: If your prescription isn't very strong and you're not at the point where you legally have to wear glasses to drive or do up-close work, you might think you can get away with not wearing any prescription glasses when skiing. You must talk to your optometrist about this first because without the glasses, you might miss details on the slopes that could trip you up or send you into a tree. After all, you got the glasses in the first place because there was something about your sight that was bothering you. Be very careful before you decide that you don't need the extra help from the prescription when you go on the slopes.

If you're interested in getting prescription goggles, contact an optometrist in your area, such as Blink Eyewear,  now. Start early when preparing for ski season so that you have time to get the prescription and goggles adjusted before you head out for a skiing trip.