Re: Eye Wear in the Waves

From: david chaffin (
Date: Tue Feb 17 1998 - 08:21:50 PST

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Subject: Re: Eye Wear in the Waves
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 08:21:50 -0800
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There are several companies that make recreational eyewear for the
activist. All are equally overpriced generally perform worse than a well
fitting plastic frame with large polycarbonate (shatterproof) lenses. The
problem with the recreational eye wear is that one size rarely fits all.
Poorly fitting lenses are optically poor, and there are technical
challenges that make the cool "wrap around" style sport glasses optically
inferior for prescription wearers.

Best option is to drill small holes into the temples of a comfortable frame
and sew your croaky in place. Attach your croaky to your wetsuit with
double ended spring clamp which you can buy in a ski store. (they are made
for keeping baseball caps clipped to collar while skiing). Treat the
lenses with Rain-X for clearer vision.

Alternatively you might try a different contact lens. Might not actually
be sand in the contacts but rather salt particles, and a good contact lens
fit could nullify the problem.

If still unsatisfied consider refractive eye surgery. If you are a
candidate, advanced laser surgical techniques can reduce or eliminate your
dependence on glasses or contact lenses. Contact me directly if you would
like more info or a free refractive surgery consult.

D. Chaffin, MD

> From:
> To: Multiple recipients of list <>
> Subject: Eye Wear in the Waves
> Date: Tuesday, February 17, 1998 5:02 PM
> I need advice. I want to play in the waves, but I need to wear eye
> correction. When I swim or boogie board, I wear my contacts and try to
> keep my head out of the water because when I dive under waves very fine
> particles of sand get washed into my eyes, even though I keep my eyes
> shut under water and even when the wave looks pretty clear. This
> sand-in-the-eyes is majorly no fun and renders me helpless. So to try
> sailing, I thought I might buy some prescription sport glasses, but I'm
> afraid I'll loose them in the rinse zone, even using chums. What do
> wave sailors who need eye correction do?

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