Before you hit those slopes, investing in a pair of ski or snowboard goggles is an essential part of any successful ski trip. Goggles keep your eyes protected against harmful UV rays that can cause snow blindness and cold conditions that can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.
If you wear glasses you do not need to resort to wearing contact lenses - get prescription ski goggles instead.
Prescription ski goggles are the perfect way to enjoy a day on the slopes, particularly if you have vision requirements such as near or farsightedness.
Prescription lenses in ski goggles
There are two main ways that a prescription can be incorporated into goggles.
1. Lens inserts
These are a specialised lightweight lens which can be placed behind the ski goggles lens. They are more affordable and can usually be customised to any prescription.
If you are concerned that people will be able to see these inserts then don’t worry. The majority of snowboard and ski goggles have polarised or tinted lenses, which makes spotting the insert virtually impossible.
2. Prescription lenses
These can be really good if you are a regular skier who requires corrective lenses. Wearing goggles with a prescription lens removes the need for contact lenses or glasses and provides you with the ultimate in vision.
The lenses of goggles can be customised by an optician to include your prescription, but this does depend on your requirements, and it’s not always possible due to the curvature of your ski goggle frames.
Your optician will be able to advise you on the most suitable brands of goggles and the lens options available to you.
Can I wear contact lenses under ski goggles?
Yes, you can wear your contact lenses for skiing, but you should still wear goggles for protection.
The cold mountain air can cause dry eye symptoms to be exacerbated and so protecting your eyes with goggles can help you enjoy your skiing without worrying about your eyes.
Can you wear glasses under ski goggles?
The short answer to this is yes. It’s really down to personal preference whether you choose this option. Some skiers or boarders prefer to wear their glasses under a pair of goggles with no prescription in their lens.
Remember to buy a larger size in goggles so that you can comfortably wear your glasses under them. We advise trying on several pairs in a specialist skiwear store so that you can check the fit before you purchase a pair.
If you want something that is guaranteed to be more comfortable, look out for Over The Glasses goggles - or OTGs. These are designed a little larger to comfortably fit over a pair of glasses.
Preventing glasses fogging up under goggles
One drawback of wearing your glasses under goggles is that you can experience fogging. This is where the warmth of your body comes into contact with the pocket of cold air trapped within your goggles and fogs up your glasses with condensation.
There are various anti-fog products available for people who wear glasses under goggles, such as wipes or sprays.
Your optician who can recommend anti-fog solutions, prescribe lenses with an anti-fog coating, and fit you for prescription goggles.
If you are a glasses wearer who is planning on hitting the slopes over winter, talk to your independent optician today about a pair of prescription goggles with bespoke lenses so that you can enjoy excellent vision all winter.