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 seven best prescription swim goggles for all your swimming needs.
Let’s dive right in.
The Best Prescription Swim Goggles
1. Speedo Vanquisher Prescription Goggles
⭐ Best overall prescription swim goggles
The Speedo Vanquishers are one of my favorite pairs of 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 goggles are 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 slightly more than a regular pair of swim goggles.
2. Sporti S2 Optical Mirrored Swim Goggles
⭐ Best budget-friendly optical swim goggles
Sporti is my favorite swim brand that makes inexpensive gear for competitive and recreational swimmers, with goggles, fins and even swimsuits that are often half as expensive as some of the big names on the pool deck.
The Sporti S2 Optical Mirrored Swim Goggle is another example of this, priced at just $11, which is a steal when you consider that they have the same sleek look at more expensive options. The optical range of these goggles is negative 2.0 to negative 8.0.
The Sporti S2 Optical Goggle has all the features you’d expect from an awesome swim goggle, including an anti-fog coating, polycarbonate lenses that protect against UV rays, and three nose pieces to get that perfect goggle fit.
The S2 comes in a mirrored, smoke, and clear lens, which means that no matter how bright or dark the pool, there is a prescription Sporti S2 swim goggle for you.
The Sporti S2 Optical Goggle is available exclusively at SwimOutlet.
3. Sporti Antifog Optical Pro II Swim Goggle
⭐ Best prescription swim goggles for extra wide vision
Another set of goggles from the folks at Sporti, the Optical Pro II Swim Goggle is the perfect choice for swimmers who want maximum peripheral vision in the water.
The extra wide lens and gasket means you can see exceptionally well in all directions—both to the sides and “up” when swimming on your front.
The goggles are available in diopters ranging from negative 2 through negative 8, can be adjusted with buckles on the sides of the gasket, and the soft silicone gasket keeps water out when you are swimming up and down the pool.
The Sporti Antifog Optical Pro II Goggle is available in two tint colors (smoke or blue) and is super inexpensive (just $11!).
The only downside is that the Pro II’s only come with two nose piece options, making them a less ideal choice for “hard to fit” faces when it comes to swim goggles.
4. TYR Blackhawk Optical Racing Goggle
Made with 100% silicone head straps and gasket, which is extremely durable against harsh pool chemicals, the TYR Blackhawk Optical Swim Goggles 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 clear vision in no time (check SwimOutlet for current models and pricing).
5. 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.
6. 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).
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