Best Prescription snorkel mask

So you wear glasses and don’t like contacts? No problem anymore. There is a variety of options for people who don’t like wearing contact lenses while diving or at the very least need extra vision as they snorkel. Even though snorkel masks have come a long way with technology and new tempered glass lenses, you sometimes need that extra bit to see better in the water.

Prescription Snorkel Mask

Firstly, you will notice that all snorkel lenses come in two pieces so if you were used to a single lens, you will have change things up slightly. At first you may notice a difference but the main component will be that everything is clearer now so hopefully you won’t have to worry about the single lens as an issue.

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Promate optical corrective snorkel mask is great if you do not want to wear corrective lenses while snorkeling or diving.  Comes in +1.0 to +4.0 by increments of 0.5./OP250 and optimal for medium faces. Low volume and silicon skirting for a great seal.  Available in lots of colors!


Scuba Choice nearsighted snorkeling mask comes in -1.0 to -10.0 available in half sizes and can do 2 different lenses but non refundable if specifically made.  Unique adjustable straps for easy fitting and only comes in black.


IST prescription mask is available in 4 different colors and lenses from +1.0 to -8.0.  Broad peripheral view through tempered glass and silicone skirting for comfort,  


Scuba Choice nearsighted snorkel mask is available from -1.0 to -10.0.  The clear mask offers zero obstruction for sight making for a great mask.  All silicone and tempered individual glass lenses make it comfortable on your face.  


Deep Blue Gear prescription mask has +4.0 to -10.0 in lens strength so you have a wide range to choose from and you can mix and match if your eyes are different depths.  Make sure it is correct because you cannot return specialized mask orders.  Lots of colors to choose from!


Cressi Focus snorkeling mask (prescription lens' sold separately!) If your not sure prescription goggles are for you but you don't want to buy really a mask and find out it doesn't work for you. This is perfect because you can switch lens quite easily.  Below are the corrective lens to attach.


ONLY LENS! Cressi Focus lens available from -1.0 to -8.0.  Easy to change good option if your not sure on prescription masks so you don't have to let it collect dust if you don't use it.  Switch the lenses and away you go!


Camouflage Scuba Choice nearsighted prescription mask has -1.0 to -10.0 in .5 increments.  Blend in with the sea with your own camo mask.  Silk skirting and easy adjustable straps! I bet you will be the only one blending in with the sea! 


Promate prescription purge mask dry snorkel comes in lots of colors to match your snorkel and mask.  Mask varies from -1.0 to -10.0 by increments of 0.5; for Far sight, from +1.0 to +4.0 by increments of 0.5.  Must specify when ordering for mask.  Great deal for mask and snorkel

mask and snorkel set


Promate Deluxe snorkeling gear has a prescription mask Nearsight from -1.0 to -8.5 by increments of 0.5; for Farsight, from +1.0 to +4.0 by increments of 0.5 so there is lots of options PLUS open heeled fins and snorkel with splash guard and purge drain.  Phenomenal deal for the whole package!

Make sure you check the mask as well!

When first looking at corrective lenses, it is not only about the prescription lens… you need to remember that even if the lens is far better; you still need a good mask with all of the components. Make sure the skirting is silicone and not PVC. There is a big difference in regards to seal and comfort around the face. PVC is a cheaper product that can wear out faster along with cracking and letting water into your mask.

Make sure the strap and quick release clips are of good quality and can actually hold the strap in a proper place opposed to once you’re in the water or even moving around on land the release clips don’t “accidentally” release.  You should find this with all snorkel masks in our website.


When ordering a snorkel mask online, make sure it includes corrective lenses. Sometimes you can get the same mask with or without corrective lenses and you don’t want to order the wrong mask with not the correct lenses.

Depending on your prescription, you need to know that the lens won’t match exactly but it will be close. Lenses usually come in increments of whole or half numbers such as -2.0 and -5.5. So if your prescription is -5.25 you will have to decide up or down.

Different companies will offer different prescriptions from a variety of levels such as: Promate offers

-1.0 to -10.0 with increments in -0.5 for near sighted/OP250

+1.0 to +4.0 with increments of -0.5 for far sighted/OP250.

Bifocal correction lenses or Gauge Reader lenses for +1.0, +1.5, +1.75, +2.0, +2.25, +2.5, +2.75, +3.0, +3.5, +4.0./OP251

You can also get different sizes for each eye. If you need that specificity, make sure you are correct because if you get the wrong ones, most companies do not allow for refunds when you specifically tailor the mask that way.

Some companies don’t offer such a range and usually you will only get up to -10.0 and no more positive than +4.0 so you may have to keep searching and I will provide different options such as the Promate mask.

If your mask is good and possibly expensive and you are looking to replace your lenses , make sure you know how to replace them so they seal properly and you are not wasting time and money on new products. I will provide a video to show how to change your lenses but again, air on the side of caution and test them out in a pool or bring an extra pair to the beach just in case.

Cost effectiveness

As we have talked before about cost effectiveness remember more money does not always mean better and if you know you only snorkel a few times a year, is it really worth buying the best most expensive mask on the market? If you want to, I mean go for it but for those of you who are economically thrifty I will provide numerous options that will hopefully help you pick the right product that will serve you best.

When we talk about is it really worth it, think about how much actually are going to use it. If you have just started start with a cheaper mask and if you find you are using it more frequently and getting out in to the water then you can always upgrade. If you live nowhere near any water but hope to get out think if it is worth it?  But if you live in Key West it is definitely worth getting a good set!

On the other hand if you have just moved to or near the ocean or beach and you know it will be a good long investment you will want to upgrade your mask so it does last long. Getting better lenses, skirting, and strap with a solid set of buckles.  You can always get different snorkel gear sets for an all in one and also time effective because you know you will get the right product.

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Promate optical corrective snorkeling prescription mask

With all of the new technology they have come out with you can get a great mask with specific corrective lenses now. Promate offers one of the widest ranges of corrective masks around from:

-1.0 to -10.0 by increments of 0.5 (for near sighted)./OP250

-1.0 to -10.0 by increments of 0.5 (for near sighted)./OP250

Bifocal Optical correction lenses, also called Gauge Reader available +1.0, +1.5, +1.75, +2.0, +2.25, +2.5, +2.75, +3.0, +3.5, +4.0./OP251

This mask has made snorkeling easy for everyone. It has 100% silicone skirting so the mask forms to your face comfortably without leaking. It comes in a variety of colors suitable for everyone. It has adjustable straps so you can tighten or loosen it on the fly.

There has been great reviews all around on this product. For the extra couple dollars you will notice the difference. It makes life easier not having to worry about contact lenses or for some that I know trying to wear their glasses under their mask and it does not work people! Try it out and you will notice the difference.  You will be able to see the best sights in Hawaii and not miss a single turtle!

Scuba Choice

Scuba Choice black snorkel mask is specifically designed for Farsighted individuals with 2 tempered glass lens available in +1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.0. It's sleek design of all black looks great in and out of the water.

The quick release straps for the mask make it easy to tighten when you are either in or out of the water. Works great if you have a spouse or child who needs help, it makes things easier especially if you have your hands full with fins, snorkel, other peoples gear, you aren't fumbling around with extra necessities that you do not need.

The skirting is 100% silicone so it provides a snug fit to your face and won't leak.

It got rated 5 stars with no complaints and it really does make a difference when you can actually see in the water compared to only seeing half sea. It makes snorkeling way more enjoyable and is very reasonably priced under $50.00. If you are thinking or aren't sure if this is right it is a good price point to check and see for yourself!

Yeesam Prescription Mask

If you are unsure if a prescription snorkel mask is for you or even sure if you are going to like the water this is the perfect started mask. It has a great selection of corrective lenses, hypo-allergenic skirting and tampered glass for even better vision through your corrective lenses.

With Different ranges of lenses from:-1.5, -2.0, -2.5, -3.0, -3.5, -4.0, -4.5, -5.0, -5.5, -6.0, -6.5, -7.0, -7.5, -8.0, -8.5, -9.0. If you need different option for each eye you can specify which makes the mask very versatile so you can get into the water with a prescription mask for very affordable.

The Silicone skirting is hypo-allergenic so you won't come out of the water with a rash or itchy face for the rest of the day especially if you are on vacation. It holds a comfortable seal that won't leak and forms nicely onto your face as if you weren't wearing anything at all.

The wide angled tampered glass makes it easier to see through the lens and is protective against scratches and breaks.

This is a great starter mask for anyone just to try it out and especially if you were worried about sight while snorkeling, this won't break the bank and give you your first taste of a great time in the sea.

Cressi Focus Snorkeling Mask

Remember you must purchase lenses separately! For around $40.00 for the mask, this is a great start for a prescription mask. If you are a first timer to snorkeling and do have vision problems this is an ideal situation. If you get the Cressi Focus mask you can try it with contact lenses and if you find it does not work properly you can order the lenses separately and then not waste your money on a fancy paper weight.

From about $10.00 to $30.00 you can purchase prescription lenses from -1.0 to -8.0 to fit your needs. You can also get different lenses for different eyes if you prescription requires that. It will not be perfect for your normal prescription but definitely better than no improved vision.

As far as the actual mask goes you can never go wrong with Cressi. It has 100% silicone skirting to form fit to your face and prevent leaks. It fits almost all shapes and sizes of faces. The adjustable buckles make it easy to tighten and loosen whether you are in the water or out, on a bumping ride to your snorkel site or crystal clear glass, the buckles are simple and durable.

Promate Forcepace Snorkel Prescription Set

If you are tired of buying everything individually and want an all in one set with prescription glasses, look no more. This set includes 2 window snorkel mask (prescription), dry snorkel, open heel fins with easy adjustable strap and a mesh bag to carry it all in!

Let's start with the snorkel mask. It is available for nearsightedness from -1.0 to -10.0 by increments of 0.5; for farsightedness from +1.0 to +4.0 by increments of 0.5 so there are lots of options to choose from especially if you are farsighted. That is the biggest perk of this set and the mask. Make sure you contact the provider first before you order to specify which corrective lenses you will need.

The open heeled designed fins fit very comfortably with or without boots or socks. The adjustable strap makes it easy to tighten and release. At the end of the strap on the buckle there is a loop so you can tighten even more easily than before. You can just put your finger through it and pull opposed to being in the water and trying to pull it tighter and slipping off each time.

The Cobra Dry Whistle snorkel has and improved clip to attach to your mask. It has a purge valve so you don't take on more water that you have to when you are splashing in the water.

Overall a great choice for anyone who needs a set with prescription mask!

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