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OUR TOP PICK

PROMATE
Prescription Snorkel Combo Set

best prescription dive mask

4.9  /5

BEST VALUE

PROMATE
Optical Corrective Scuba Mask

best prescription scuba mask

4.8  /5

BEST PRESCRIPTION SNORKEL MASK

best prescription snorkel mask

Overall Rating – 4.9  /5
Design – 5 /5
Field of Vision – 4.8  /5
Durability – 5  /5
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Our top pick is one of the best purge masks available with a prescription. The Promate Prescription Snorkel Scuba Diving Combo Set contains a prescription dive mask and a snorkel to match. The prescription scuba mask can be modified for both near-sighted and far-sighted people. The snorkel is a Promate Cobra, which has a dry whistle attached to the bottom of it for emergency use. The design is sleek, with grading along the top of the frame. The slim, low profile mask has a built-in purge and channel at the skirt bottom to direct bubbles out of view. The soft silicone of the skirt and nose allow for a great seal and easy equalization. The adjust buckles are attached to the skirt directly, allowing for a more flexible swivel function and fit a variety of face shapes. This scuba mask with purge valve comes in a variety of color options, including all black, black, black/gold, black/titanium, gold, green, pink, pink/white, titanium, transparent blue, transparent, yellow and transparent purple.

Prescription Specifications

  • NEARSIGHTED: -1.0 to -10.0 by 0.5 increments
  • FARSIGHTED: +1.0 to +4.0 by 0.5 increments

PROS

  • Has both near sighted and far sighted options
  • Comes with a snorkel which has a dry whistle on the bottom
  • Sleek design with a built-in purge valve in over a dozen colors
  • Users rave about the mask’s stellar visibility

CONS

  • Mask does not fit some users with wide noses or high nose bridges

snorkel lens

Overall Rating – 4.8  /5
Design – 4.8  /5
Field of Vision – 4.9  /5
Durability – 4.8  /5
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Our best value pick is for those looking for the best prescription snorkel mask which can also be used for diving and freediving. Promate’s Optical Corrective Scuba Dive Snorkeling Mask has prescription options for people who are nearsighted, farsighted and need bifocals. This mask has a high-quality design, with a double skirt for comfort and leak prevention, resulting in users noting the good seal and clear vision underwater. The corrective lens covers the entirety of the glass in the mask resulting in continued clear vision no matter which part of the mask a swimmer or diver looks out from. Users with astigmatism have noted that the mask works quite well for them. This Promate product includes a bifocal scuba mask option. The mask comes in a variety of color options, including a black frame and black skirt as well as black, blue, grey, green, pink, yellow, purple, red and transparent frame options paired with transparent skirts. This Promate mask also comes with a GoPro attachable option as well, perfect for divers or freedivers. The mask would also work well as snorkeling goggles.

Prescription Specifications

  • NEARSIGHTED: -1.0 to -10.0 by 0.5 increments
  • FARSIGHTED: +1.0 to +5.0 by 0.5 increments
  • BIFOCAL LENSES: +1.0 to +4.0 by 0.5 increments

PROS

  • Has both near sighted and far sighted options, as well as bifocal options
  • Service and delivery are very fast
  • Can easily use with a GoPro
  • Users note the comfort and optics are incredible

CONS

  • Some users with large foreheads had an imperfect fit

perscription masks

Overall Rating – 4.8  /5
Design – 4.9  /5
Field of Vision – 4.8  /5
Durability – 4.7  /5
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Tusa’s TM-5700 Liberator Plus Scuba Diving Mask has visual options for nearsighted people, including the MC-5000 corrective lenses which range from -1.5 to -8.0 by 0.5 increments. This prescription diving mask has a two-window design with a large field of view and low volume for a great fit and easy equalization. Many users have reported that the prescription mask has no fogging issues once the mask is treated with either de-fog or baby shampoo. Also noted is that the prescription swimming mask has minimal to no leaking. This optical mask comes in five color options: black frame/transparent skirt, black frame/black skirt, cobalt blue frame/transparent skirt, yellow frame/transparent skirt and translucent frame/transparent skirt. This Tusa prescription snorkeling mask comes with a three-year warranty.

Prescription Specifications

  • NEARSIGHTED: -1.5 to -8.0 by 0.5 increments

PROS

  • Fits both smaller faces as well as wider faces or wider nose bridges
  • Users report this mask has no fogging issues once treated
  • Users note there is minimal to no leaking
  • Has a three-year warranty

CONS

  • Over time, some yellowing may occur in its transparent skirting

prescription snorkel goggles

Overall Rating – 4.3  /5
Design – 4.3  /5
Field of Vision – 4.2  /5
Durability – 4.4  /5
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The Scuba Choice Blue Diving Snorkel Mask Nearsighted Prescription is for nearsighted people looking for a quality mask. The optical snorkel mask has tempered glass lenses, a crystal silicone facial skirt and mask strap, and an easily adjustable buckle design. This mask has a blue frame and a transparent silicone skirt. Users have reported that the mask is a comfortable fit to the face, although there was leaking for some. Prescription snorkel mask reviews of this product note that many with nearsighted vision found this mask to be of great help while swimming or diving. It is worth noting that this mask may be prone to fogging, even with anti-fog treatment. This mask only has one color option available – the blue frame with transparent skirting.

Prescription Specifications

  • NEARSIGHTED: -1.0 to -8.0 by 0.5 increments

PROS

  • Has both nearsighted and farsighted options
  • Great for smaller face or head shapes
  • Users report excellent quality, both in vision and in durability

CONS

  • May not be ideal for those with large or protruding foreheads

bifocal dive mask

Overall Rating – 4.7  /5
Design – 4.7  /5
Field of Vision – 4.7  /5
Durability – 4.8  /5
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The IST Prescription Scuba Diving Snorkeling Mask features a mask which can be customized for either nearsightedness or farsightedness. It has a split silicone strap for a comfortable fit, tempered glass lenses and a hypoallergenic soft silicone skirt which is ideal for sensitive skin. Users report that the mask exceeds expectations in terms of being able to see underwater and in the mask’s overall durability. The mask seems to fit well for smaller faces or head shapes. As such, this mask may not be ideal for people with large or protruding foreheads, which can cause discomfort around the nose. This mask comes in black, black/black silicone, black check/black silicone, yellow/black silicone, black check/white silicone, clear blue and clear yellow color options. This mask has fast shipping and delivery.

Prescription Specifications

  • NEARSIGHTED: -1.0 to -8.0 by 0.5 increments
  • FARSIGHTED: +1.0 to +4.0 by 0.5 increments

PROS

  • Has both nearsighted and farsighted options
  • Great for smaller face or head shapes
  • Users report excellent quality, both in vision and in durability

CONS

  • May not be ideal for those with large or protruding foreheads

prescription scuba mask reviews

Overall Rating – 4.3  /5
Design – 4.2  /5
Field of Vision – 4.4  /5
Durability – 4.4  /5
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The Promate Full Face Snorkel Mask with Nearsighted Prescription Lens is designed with nearsighted snorkelers in mind and includes a mask, attachable snorkel, mesh bag, extra valve replacement, and GoPro mount. The Rx snorkel mask lenses, made from tempered glass, suit a variety of visual needs, ranging from -1.5 to -6.0. The full-face mask allows a snorkeler to easily breathe from their nose or mouth within the mask. The mask also features an adjustable head strap for comfort and anti-fog technology, although some users do report fogging. A GoPro can be attached to the mask to document underwater adventures. However, using this type of mask while diving in overhead or new environments is not recommended due to the fixed height of the top mount which can snag under overhangs. This mask comes in two sizes — S/M and L/XL — as well as two colors — black and white/blue.

Prescription Specifications

  • NEARSIGHTED: -1.5 to -6.0 by 0.5 increments

PROS

  • Snorkelers do not need to get their face wet to see underwater
  • The shape of the mask has a wide field of view
  • Can be mounted with a GoPro

CONS

  • Not recommended for use in certain dive environments

BUYERS GUIDE AND TIPS: BEST PRESCRIPTION SNORKEL MASK 2020

MASK DESIGN

Lens Types

In masks, there are two main types: single and twin lenses. Single lenses are composed of a single piece of tempered glass, creating a better view. However, single lenses cannot be changed out for prescription lenses or replaced if broken as twin lenses can. Due to the need for optical correction, every prescription snorkel mask on this list has twin lenses.

Prescription Lenses

There are three main types of prescription lenses someone can order — nearsighted, farsighted and bifocal. Nearsighted optical corrective masks tend to come in -1.0 to -10.0 by 0.5 increments. Farsighted optical corrective masks usually come in +1.0 to +5.0 by 0.5 increments. Bifocal masks may come in +1.0 to +4.0 by 0.5 increments. When buying prescription lenses, be very sure to read up on the specifics required by the dealer to get the necessary mask. Often, different values can be given for each piece of glass — one for each eye — but that needs to be specified in the manner which the seller requires. Make sure to comb the prescription dive mask reviews to find how a seller can meet diving and visual needs. Otherwise, a buyer may end up a mask they can only partially see out of at best, and not see out of at all at worst.

Field of View

The field of view (FOV) is the vertical and horizontal degree a specific mask allows you to see underwater. Rectangular or round lenses often increase horizontal FOV. An example of this type of mask is the Promate Optical Corrective mask. The other popular type of lens shape is an inverted teardrop shape with a raked design. A raked design allows the bottom of the lenses to sit closer to the cheek than at the top, which improves the downward view by making the mask bottom less visible. An example of this mask type is the IST Prescription mask.

Fit

After the prescription lenses, the fit of the mask is the next most important element. A great fit is crucial to keeping the mask from leaking and lenses from fogging. As such, a great fitting mask can help keep dives free from distractions, creating the best experiences possible to encourage further diving or snorkeling in the future. To know if the mask fits a face well, hold it up and align it to the nose without using the strap. Breathe in. If the mask holds to the face on the breath in, then that’s a good indicator that it will form a nice seal underwater.

Frame

Masks have two main frame types: framed and frameless. Frameless masks have lenses directly molded to the silicone skirt, streamlining the design while improving the ability to fold flat, usually creating low internal volume. This type of mask is popular with freedivers, especially. On the other hand, framed masks have a rigid framed form which is used as a backbone for the skirt, buckles, and lenses to attach to. Framed masks can often be fit with prescription lenses, which is why every prescription snorkel mask on this list has a frame.

Internal Volume

The internal volume of a mask is the amount of airspace inside of a mask when it is on a face. The more internal volume there is, the more air there is to be compressed when descending, leading to an increased need for equalization. A low-volume mask usually has the lenses close to the eyes, increasing FOV while decreasing internal volume. Freedivers and spearos use their held air to equalize so a mask having small internal volume is crucial to staying down longer for each breath. For example, the Tusa TM-5700 Liberator Plus is a low-volume mask.

Skirt

The skirt is usually made from hypoallergenic silicone, which is soft enough to provide comfort and form to the face to prevent leaks. It is what keeps a person’s face dry while allowing them to equalize. Clear skirts, also called transparent skirts, are ideal for letting in more light to the eyes and decreasing any sense of claustrophobia a person may be feeling in the water. Meanwhile, opaque skirts, such as black, focus the view by minimizing distractions and glare. That’s why freedivers, spearos, and photographers tend to prefer dark opaque skirts over transparent ones.

Straps and Buckles

Another feature of a mask is the strap and buckle system. A mask strap should be able to stretch enough that minor adjustments can be made easily throughout a dive. Also, strap covers are recommended for divers or snorkelers with long hair which could tangle up in the strap. Another thing to check is that the strap buckles can be handled easily, even when wearing dive gloves.

Purge Valve Masks

To get certified, all divers should be able to clear their masks. However, some scuba divers simply don’t like doing it. The answer to that lies in a dive mask with a purge valve under the nose. These types of masks allow a diver or snorkeler to clear out a mask by blowing out of their nose. For example, the Promate Prescription Combo Set features a mask with a purge valve. Please note, however, that purge valves may clog or malfunction, resulting in a potential leaky mask.

MASK USE

Leaks

One of the most common complaints people have about a mask is that it leaks. Often, it may be that the mask is ill-fitted. Make sure that the mask is formed for face type, whether the diver has a small, narrow or round face. This also applies to instances of high or wide noses and foreheads, which can cause discomfort in certain masks. Other than ill fit, another reason for leaks may be that there is a hair which has come under the skirt. Make sure to sweep strands away. For beards, try a mask with a smaller sub-nose seal. In general, loosening the mask strap can help with leaking as well as equalization problems.

Fog (New Mask)

New masks usually come with a silicone film acquired during the manufacturing process. To remove that film, use a soft cloth to rub white toothpaste in circles on the dry glass. Rinse, dry and repeat.

Fog (Used Mask)

Often, a mask may fog up due to body heat and humidity creating condensation. A popular means to de-fog a mask is to use treatment solutions such as a baby shampoo-water mix (baby shampoo won’t sting your eyes) or spit.

Maintenance

After a dive or swim, rinse the mask in warm freshwater and let it dry completely before packing it away. Make sure not to bend or squash it in storage, or it could lead to skirt disfigurement or frame distortion – neither of which are good for the durability of the mask. Also, make sure to regularly check the skirt, straps, and buckles for signs of fine cracks. If spotted, replace that part immediately. If that part cannot be replaced, then it is time for a new mask.

REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow divers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next dive is a great one!

Kate Blake

Kate is a product expert, a degreed marine biologist, and a fearless traveler originally from the west coast of America. Kate has been a PADI-certified Divemaster for over 15 years, during which time she has trained hundreds of Advanced divers. She has been scuba diving in over 15 countries worldwide and specializes in cold water diving, night diving, and navigation. Her key interests include teaching English, marine conservation, sampling foreign cuisines, and cenote diving.