Ready to take on the pool, but want to be able to take your prescription with you? Here are the best prescription goggles for swimming.
As someone who wears prescription glasses (or contacts), you already know how important it is to take care of your eyes.
This care and attention extend itself to the pool as well—swimming goggles are important from a safety perspective—they allow you to correctly judge walls and avoid other swimmers, but also keep harmful irritants and chemicals like chlorine and its nasty step-brother chloramines from causing itchiness and bloodshot eyes.
While you don’t get the same selection of goggles as those without prescription vision, there are lots of options out there. Whether you are an adult that is looking to tackle indoor or open water swimming, or you are looking for prescription swim goggles for kids, there are plenty of goggles for hitting the water.
Here’s a breakdown of the 7 best prescription swim goggles for all your swimming needs.
1. Speedo Vanquisher Prescription Goggles
⭐ Best overall pick for top prescription swim goggles
They are durable as heck with their silicone straps (compared to the latex head straps older goggles come with—they fade crazy fast!), they are stylish, and in the years of wearing countless pairs of them, they have never sprung a leak on me.
On top of all of that, they are Speedo goggles, which is good enough for me, regardless of what kind of goggles we are talking about.
The prescription Vanquisher comes with four different nose pieces, ensuring that you get the perfect fit for your particular face (mine fit right out of the box), and the goggles are polycarbonate and shatter-proof. The gogglesare available in three different tints and feature the anti-fog coating you expect from swimming goggles.
Price-wise, they are extremely reasonable, with a pair of prescription goggles costing just slightly more than a regular pair of swim goggles.
2. TYR Blackhawk Optical Racing Goggle
The only other representative of the main competitive swim gear brands is TYR’s prescription goggles.
Made with 100% silicone, which is extremely durable to harsh pool chemicals, the Blackhawks are the prescription version of the popular TYR racing goggles and are available in both positive and negative prescriptions.
Other key features of these swim goggles include a low-profile lens, a watertight gasket to prevent leaks while you are churning up and down the pool, adjustable head straps for a custom fit around the head, and UVA/UVB protection.
The TYR prescription goggles are priced competitively, and with their reputation for quality swim gear, you will be swimming with a clear vision in no time (check SwimOutlet for current models and pricing).
3. UTOBest Swimming Goggles
The UTOBest prescription goggles are a set of goggles made for both adults and youth.
The lenses are polarized and available in -1.5 to -6 RX. The goggles feature the usual anti-fog coating on the inside of the goggles (be careful not to rub the inside of the lens with your fingers—you will rub the anti-fog right off), and with a soft silicone construction, you get the dual benefits of extra durability and comfort on the skin and hair.
What sets the UTOBest from other prescription goggles (besides the price, which is only $12–check here for today’s pricing and availability on Amazon) are the added bonus features, including a nose clip and a pair of earplugs.
4. Dr. B Barracuda Optical Swim Goggles
Next, we have the Barracudas.
I’ll admit–they are a unique set of goggles (and I mean that in a good way).
The field of vision is quite good, particularly when looking to the sides. The goggle straps are made of silicone, and the rubberized gaskets are comfortable against your face, making them great for those longer swims.
The mirrored look is a solid bonus–especially for you open water and outdoor swimmers. And they have the same bracket and strap system that I thought only the Arena Cobra Ultra goggles featured (the straps meet the “bracket” halfway around your head instead of the straps looping into the gaskets).
With all these features I suppose it’s not a surprise that they are more expensive. In fact, they are easily the most expensive goggles on this list, available for around $12-30 per pair (check Amazon for current pricing and availability).
5. Zionor G7 Optical Swimming Goggles
Made specifically for adults, the Zionor G7 Optical Swimming Goggles come close to being more of a swim mask than swim goggle, making them ideal for the recreational swimmer.
Made of hypoallergenic silicone, the goggles sit comfortably on the face while providing a leak-free fit. Available in a variety of level lenses, from -2.0 to -7.0, the goggles have tinted lenses, making them particularly ideal for outdoor and open water swimming.
The goggles have all the other customary bells and whistles you should expect from swimming goggles, including an anti-fog layer and UV protection that cuts down on glare. Available in smoke and tinted lenses.
While Zionor is a less known swim goggle brand, they’ve generated a ton of five-star reviews on Amazon (check here for current pricing and RX availability over at Amazon).
6. WarmieHomy Optical Prescription Swim Goggles
Another goggle maker with an interesting name, the WarmieHomey Prescription Swim Goggles is made for older kids and adults.
The goggles come with three different nose bridge sizes (they come with the “M” nose piece on), and a sealed gasket around the lens ensures that you have a leak-free swimming experience in the water.
Like the Vanquishers, the WarmieHomy Rx Swim Goggles have silicone straps, an anti-fog coating, and a soft nose piece that won’t leave marks on your face when you hop out of the pool. Available in -1.5 to -7.0.
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