Moisture Chamber Glasses & Goggles

Moisture Chambers Can Help Protect Your Eyes

Does spending time outdoors, especially in wind, cause excruciating pain? Does even the mild breeze caused by walking across a room, imperceptible to people with healthy eyes, make your eyes feel as if they have been scraped with a rough brick or scorched by flame? If so, moisture chamber glasses or moisture chamber goggles, which have a chamber constructed around each eye, might help. A pair of moisture chamber glasses or goggles can provide the following protections:

  • Retains moisture to help keep the eye lubricated
  • Protects the eye from air movement
  • Protects the eye from dust, smoke, sprays, and other particulates
Important!     All information on this Web site is based on the experience and opinions of a very small number of individuals with severe dry eye. It is not provided by a doctor or other medical professional. Some of this information might be inaccurate or out-of-date, so consult an optometrist or optician before making a decision about which goggle to buy. Please see the Disclaimer below.

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Prices!   The cost of the moisture chamber glasses and moisture chamber goggles described here vary from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, so be sure to check out several options before deciding which is best for you. It is easy to damage a lens because of the various coatings that might be used on the inner surface of the lens. Therefore, include in your budget the probability that you will need to buy replacement lenses at regular intervals.

Defogging tip!     To defog goggles without using a defogging spray (which people with sensitive or allergic eyes cannot use):
  1. Wash your hands with fragrance-free soap or with baking soda.
  2. Squirt a couple of drops of Allergan Refresh Lubricant Eye Drops onto the inner surface of each lens. Alternatively, use a couple of drops of Unisol 4 preservative-free saline solution (which you should keep refrigerated because it is unpreserved).
  3. Wipe the tears or saline solution over each lens with a (clean) finger.
  4. Be sure to wash the goggles several times each day, using fresh artifial tears or saline solution on the inner lenses each time.
This sterile method is much safer than using water. You can find Refresh Lubricant Eye Drops at MedShopExpress.com or at Drugstore.com. (Artificial tears that contain methylcellulose cannot be used to defog lenses.)

Where can I find prescription moisture chamber glasses or moisture chamber goggles?

The table below lists a number of prescription moisture chamber glasses and goggles that might be appropriate for providing protection for dry eyes. Some of the goggles (such as the Gator or Hilco goggles, neither of which take a bifocal lens but both of which can correct for astigmatism) are much less expensive than others.

If you plan to wear goggles for extended periods of time, a good practice is to buy three or four types of goggles, and then switch between them during the day and for sleeping. Changing goggles improves comfort by varying where they fit against your skin and helps avoid developing an allergic reaction to any one type of frame.

Prescription goggle technology is changing at a rapid pace. Check with your optician, or with a sporting goods store run by an optometrist (such as AthleticOptics.com) or an optician (such as SportEyes.com), for the latest information.

Before you buy!   Before you purchase moisture chamber glasses or goggles, be sure you have read carefully the Lens Care Info page.

DryEyePain takes no responsibility for any damage that you might cause your lenses by trying to clean them.

We've had trouble at times damaging some of the lenses ourselves — hopefully, technology improvements will soon provide better lenses and lens coatings that are less easily scratched.

Ask your optician or optometrist how to clean your lenses safely without damaging them.

Prescriptions ranges or other information might be inaccurate     DryEyePain.com does not have an in-house optician. We try to provide accurate prescription ranges and other information about the glasses and goggles listed in this table, but some of this information might not be correct or might be outdated by the time you read this page.

Picture Prescription Moisture Chamber Glasses and Goggles


American moisture chamber glasses
Moisture chamber glasses custom made from wire frames (click to enlarge)

Moisture chamber glasses made from ordinary glasses

If you have an extreme case of dry eye, these glasses might not provide sufficient protection. See other options later on this page.

If you can find an optician who is a master craftsman, he or she can take a pair of ordinary wire-frame glasses and make them into moisture chamber glasses. The clear soft plastic side shields shown here have been attached to the glasses before the shields have been trimmed. The optician trims the side shields to fit exactly to your face.

Because these are regular glasses, they can handle any prescription or lens type.

If your optician wants to learn how to make moisture chamber glasses, see How can your optician make moisture chamber glasses? Your optician can get the plastic side shields from Eagle Vision or from Scott Kornfeld (1-516-681-3937), an optician who donates the the proceeds from the sale of the plastic used for side shields to the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation.

Ask your optician about adding hooks at the ends of each side piece so that you can use an elastic string to pull the glasses closer to your face. Using hooks with an elastic string works better than the commercially available elastic bands used for sports. See How to use an elastic string with moisture chamber glasses.

Caution   Clean moisture chamber glasses several times a day by rinsing them with clean water, sprinkling them with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinsing off the baking soda. Alternatively, you can use fragrance-free soap or (if you do not have eye allergies) a little Windex diluted with water. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the glasses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub them, depending on the lens type and any lens coatings, you might scratch the lenses.
An optician who can make these glasses
Scott Kornfeld
Woodbury Optical Studio
185 Woodbury Road
Hicksville, New York 11801
Phone:  516-681-3937 ext. 111
E-mail:  sjkornfeld@aol.com

Important!   Most opticians will order polycarbonate lenses, but it is sometimes difficult or even impossible to defog some types of polycarbonate lenses. Ask your optician about CR-39 lenses or high-index plasic lenses. See Types of lenses and How to prevent lens fogging.


Canadian Moisture Chamber Glasses-dark
Dark Canadian moisture chamber glasses (click to enlarge)


Canadian Moisture Chamber Glasses-clear
Clear Canadian moisture chamber glasses (click to enlarge)

Canadian moisture chamber glasses — for medium to severe dry eyes

If you have an extreme case of dry eye, these glasses might not provide sufficient protection. See other options later on this page.

Made by only one optical company, located in Burnaby, BC (a suburb of Vancouver, Canada), these glasses have solid plastic side shields. The optician uses a machine to grind the shields to fit exactly to your face. The lenses and side shields can be made of either clear or tinted plastic. These glasses provide more protection than do the American-style moisture chamber glasses shown in the preceding row, but less protection than the goggles desribed in the rows below.

Because these are regular glasses, they can handle any prescription or lens type.

Ask your optician about adding hooks at the ends of each side piece so that you can use an elastic string to pull the glasses closer to your face. Using hooks with an elastic string works better than the commercially available elastic bands used for sports. See How to use an elastic string with moisture chamber glasses.

Caution   Clean moisture chamber glasses several times a day by rinsing them with clean water, sprinkling them with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinsing off the baking soda. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the glasses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub them, depending on the lens type and any lens coatings, you might scratch the lenses.
Optical company that developed these glasses
United Optical (604-298-5571)
4234 E. Hastings St.
Burnaby, B.C. V5C 2J6
Canada


PanOptx goggles
PanOptx (click to enlarge)

Pan-Optx multi-sport goggles

If you have an extreme case of dry eye, PanOptx goggles might not provide sufficient protection. PanOptx goggles are also not suitable for people with eye allergies because the soft foam is difficult to clean easily. See other options later on this page.

Designed originally to protect the eyes of people riding motorcycles, PanOptx are now recognized as effective moisture chamber glasses for many people with dry eyes. (For information about using PanOptx for dry eye, go to Ophthalmology Times and search for PanOptx.) Pan-Optx "windless eyewear" glasses mold to your face to protect your eyes almost like a goggle.

Designed by a facial surgeon, Pan-Optx provides several frames to fit different faces. Four Pan-Optx frames have a removable (and replaceable) orbital seal eyecup; four frames have a fixed eyecup. If you have eye allergies, one of the frames with the replaceable eyecup might be the best option, so that you can replace the eyecup on a regular basis if you find it difficult to keep the eyecup foam clean.

Some Pan-Optx frames support prescriptions approximately in the range from +2.5 to -2.5. For other frames, the range is a little less or a little more. The Chinook frame can take a somewhat stronger prescription because it has a flatter lens than the other frames.

If the frame that best protects your eyes from air flow cannot take the prescription that you need, one option that might work (depending on how strong your prescription is) is to order reading lenses in the frame that fits best and bifocal lenses in the Chinook frame. If no PanOptx frames provide the prescription that you need, try one of the other options listed in this table.

Ask your optician about adding hooks at the ends of each side piece so that you can use an elastic string to pull the glasses closer to your face. Using hooks with an elastic string works better than the commercially available elastic bands used for sports. See How to use an elastic string with moisture chamber glasses.

If you have very severe dry eyes and find that the PanOptx does not provide enough protection, consider using the Gator goggle, an easy-to-care-for and inexpensive prescription swimming goggle, described later in this table.

Caution  
  • Ask your optician how to clean the goggles without damaging them. If you have allergies to some cleaning chemicals, ask the optician about non-toxic cleaning methods.
  • PanOptx suggests dipping the goggles in a clean bowl of water to clean them and then air-drying them. However, if you have severe dry eyes or eye allergies, this method — which uses no cleaning agent — is not safe for your eyes and leaves you vulnerable to eye infections or allergic reactions.
  • A more sterile method is to wash a bowl, fill it with water, sprinkle in about a teaspoon of baking soda (not baking powder), make sure that the baking soda is dissolved, dip the goggles into the bowl, empty the bowl, refill it with fresh water, and then rinse the goggles in the fresh water. To avoid damaging the lenses, PanOptx recommends that you air-dry the goggles.
    Be careful!     Remember, these are expensive goggles. Check with your optician before cleaning them to be sure you won't damage them.
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Adidas Elevation ClimaCool goggles
Adidas Elevation ClimaCool (click to enlarge)

Adidas Elevation ClimaCool multi-sport goggles

If you have an extreme case of dry eye, ClimaCool goggles might not provide sufficient protection. ClimaCool goggles are also not suitable for some people with eye allergies because the soft foam is difficult to clean easily. See other options later on this page.

Designed for sports such as skiing, snowboarding, or windsurfing, some people with dry eye have found the ClimaCool googles helpful. These goggles can be fitted with an optical insert for prescription lenses with the range ± 8 spherical, ± 2 cylindrical, and can take a bifocal lens. This optical adapter is small and provides only a very small viewing area. However, according to SportEyes.com, a prescription lens can be fit into the ClimaCool goggles without using the adapter.

If you have very severe dry eyes and find that the Adidas Elevation ClimaCool does not provide enough protection, consider using the Gator goggle, an easy-to-care-for prescription swimming goggle, described later in this table.

Caution   Ask your optician how to clean the goggles without damaging them. If you have allergies to some cleaning chemicals, ask the optician about non-toxic cleaning methods.
Be careful!     Remember, these are expensive goggles. Check with your optician before cleaning them to be sure you won't damage them.
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SportRX goggles
SportRX (click to enlarge)

SportRX motorcycle goggles

Designed for motorcycle riders, the SportRX glasses-style goggle can take a bifocal lens. The model shown here is SportRX GS114 (prescription ± 4 spherical, ± 3 cylindrical); see also the SportRX G103 goggle (prescription ± 2 spherical, ± 1.5 cylindrical) with strap instead of side stems, which are designed to provide optimum wind control for sensitive eyes. A third model, SportRx Gk103 (prescription ± 4 spherical, ± 3 cylindrical), might also provide dry eye protection. Each of these goggles can also take a bifocal lens. DryEyePain.com has not seen or tested any of the SportRX goggles, but they look like they might be useful.

If you have very severe dry eyes and find that none of the the SportRX goggles nor any of the other glasses-style goggles listed above provide adequate protection, consider using the Gator goggle or one of the other goggles described later in this table.

Caution   Ask your optician how to clean the goggles without damaging them. If you have allergies to some cleaning chemicals, ask the optician about non-toxic cleaning methods.
Be careful!     Remember, these are expensive goggles (though not as expensive as the PanOptx or the ClimaCool). Check with your optician before cleaning them to be sure you won't damage them.
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Barz multi-sport goggles
Barz (click to enlarge)

Barz multi-sport goggles

Designed originally for sports such as jet skiing, motorcycle riding, and whitewater rafting, Barz goggles are also used to protect dry eyes. Unlike PanOptx and Adidas Elevation ClimaCool goggles, both of which have soft foam side shields, Barz side shields, called gaskets, are made of a flexible, smooth plastic (surgical PVC) and are thus much easier to clean.

The Barz gaskets are wider on one side than the other; try the wider side near your nose, on the bottom of the frame, or towards the outside of the frame to see which fit best seals air from your eyes. Barz takes a prescription in the range ‑7.00 to +2.00, but prescriptions stronger than -4.00 might experience distortion. A master craftsman optician or lab might be able to provide bifocal lenses for the Barz goggle.

Barz comes with two removable gaskets (moisture chambers):

  • One gasket has ventilation holes, suitable for people with slightly dry eyes.
  • One gasket seals the air out more completely, suitable for people with more severe dry eyes.

Tips!   
  • Murrays.com can make Barz goggles with a CR-39 lens, which, for many people, is easier to defog than a polycarbonate lens. Be sure to specify that you want the CR-39 lens.
  • Murrays.com can, if you request it, provide a deeper gasket that provides better comfort for people with severe dry eyes than the usual gasket.

If you have very severe dry eyes and find that Barz goggles do not provide enough protection, consider prescription swimming goggles, described later in this table.

Caution  
  • The only sterile way to clean Barz goggles is to take them apart and clean each of the pieces. Be sure to dry the pieces completely before reassembling the goggles. Do this at least once a day.
  • If you wear these goggles frequently, after 3 months, throw away the plastic eye cups and buy a new pair. Buying a new pair on a regular basis might help avoid developing an allergy to the goggles.
  • Barz cleaning instructions suggest rinsing the goggles under clean water, gently wiping them dry with a clean microfiber lens cleaning cloth. If you have eye allergies or wear the goggles for hours at a time, this method — which uses no cleaning agent and might involve using a cloth that is not freshly clean — might not be safe for your eyes. Using this method might make you vulnerable to eye infections or allergic reactions.
  • A more sterile method to clean Barz goggles is by wetting them with clean water, sprinkling them with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinsing off the baking soda. To avoid damaging the lenses, either air-dry the goggles, use a clean microfiber lens cleaning cloth, use lint-free tissues, or use a clean 100% cotton handkerchief to pat (do not rub) the lenses dry.
  • Alternatively, ask your optician how to clean the goggles without damaging them.
    Be careful!     Remember, these are expensive goggles (though not as expensive as the PanOptx or the ClimaCool). Check with your optician before cleaning them to be sure you won't damage them.

For information about using Barz goggles to protect dry eyes on a Web site posted by another person with dry eye, see Goggles for dry eye.

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Gator goggles
Gator (click to enlarge)

Gator swimming goggle — helpful for severe dry eyes

Gator swimming goggles can be ordered with prescription lenses that include a correction for astigmatism. Gator takes a prescription ranging from -8.00 to +8.00 and each lens can have a different prescription.

Although they do not take a bifocal lens, one option is to order "monovision" lenses. Monovision, sometimes used with contact lenses, means that a distance lens is used for the dominant eye and a reading lens is used for the non-dominant eye. Ask your optician how to determine which is your dominant eye. (If you are right-handed, that does not necessarily mean that your right eye is your dominant eye.)

Gator is a comfortable goggle to wear, easy to adjust, relatively inexpensive, and replacement parts can be ordered separately: head strap, nose strap, eye cups (prescription lenses), and eye cup seals (also called gaskets or moisture chambers).

Caution  
  • Do not wear swimming goggles for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time without washing them. A good practice is to take them off, clean them, and then switch to a different type of goggle.
  • If you wear these goggles frequently, after 3 months, throw away the plastic eye cups and buy a new pair. Buying a new pair on a regular basis might help avoid developing an allergy to the goggles.
  • The only sterile way to clean Gator goggles is to take them apart and clean each of the pieces. Be sure to dry the pieces completely before reassembling the goggles. Do this at least once a day.
  • Ask your optician how to clean the goggles without damaging them. If you have allergies to some cleaning chemicals, ask the optician about non-toxic cleaning methods.
  • One possible method to clean Gator goggles is by wetting them with clean water, sprinkling them with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinsing off the baking soda. To avoid damaging the lenses, either air-dry the goggles, use lint-free tissues, or use a clean 100% cotton handkerchief to pat the lenses dry. If you rub the lenses, you will scratch them.
Contact information
  • GoSportsSpex.co.uk (look under swimming goggles; you do not have to live in Britain to order from GoSportsSpex.co.uk)
  • Or go to Google.com and type the name of the goggle.


Hilco goggles
Hilco (click to enlarge)

Hilco swimming goggle

Hilco swimming goggles (similar to Gator) can be ordered with prescription lenses that include a correction for astigmatism. Hilco takes a prescription ranging from -8.00 to +8.00 and each lens can have a different prescription.

Although they do not take a bifocal lens, one option is to order "monovision" lenses, that is, a distance lens is used for the dominant eye and a reading lens is used for the non-dominant eye. Ask your optician how to determine which is your dominant eye. (If you are right-handed, that does not necessarily mean that your right eye is your dominant eye.) Hilco is a comfortable goggle to wear and is relatively inexpensive.

Caution  
  • Do not wear swimming goggles for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time without washing them. A good practice is to take them off, clean them, and then switch to a different type of goggle.
  • If you wear these goggles frequently, after 3 months, throw away the plastic eye cups and buy a new pair. Buying a new pair on a regular basis might help avoid developing an allergy to the goggles.
  • The only sterile way to clean Hilco goggles is to take them apart and clean each of the pieces. Be sure to dry the pieces completely before reassembling the goggles. Do this at least once a day.
  • Ask your optician how to clean the goggles without damaging them. If you have allergies to some cleaning chemicals, ask the optician about non-toxic cleaning methods.
  • One possible method to clean Hilco goggles is by wetting them with clean water, sprinkling them with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinsing off the baking soda. To avoid damaging the lenses, either air-dry the goggles, use lint-free tissues, or use a clean 100% cotton handkerchief to pat (do not rub) the lenses dry. If you rub the lenses, you will scratch them.
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AquaSpecs goggles
AquaSpecs (click to enlarge)

AquaSpecs swimming goggle

Your local optician can make lenses for AquaSpecs swimming goggles, made by Rec Specs. AquaSpecs can hold any prescription (even –15), can take a tinted lens, can take a bifocal lens, and can be made of any lens material (polycarbonate, CR-39, or high-index plastic; polycarbonate might be difficult to defog). Rec Specs also makes two other prescription swimming goggles: the Splash goggle and the Sting Ray goggle.

Not fashionable to look at, these goggles provide maximum protection. People with severe dry eye who find that other moisture chamber glasses or goggles do not provide adequate protection can probably wear these goggles, including outdoors on a windy day, in comfort. Replacement side shields, nose bridges, and head straps are inexpensive.

Caution  
  • The only sterile way to clean AquaSpecs goggles is to take them apart and clean each of the pieces. Be sure to dry the pieces completely before reassembling the goggles. Do this at least once a day.
  • Do not wear swimming goggles for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time without washing them. A good practice is to take them off, clean them, and then switch to a different type of goggle.
  • It is important to replace the side shields once a month (last time we checked, a pair of new side shields cost $5). If you don't take them apart to clean them each day and replace the side shields every few weeks, you might eventually develop an allergic reaction to the side shields.
  • To clean AquaSpecs, rinse them with clean water, sprinkle them with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinse off the baking soda. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the lenses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub the lenses, you might scratch them.
Contact information
  • Order AquaSpecs, Sting Ray or Splash frames:
  • Order AquaSpecs replacement parts:
    Tip!  To avoid developing an allergic reaction to these goggles, be sure to replace the plastic side shields that come with your frame at least once a month. You can order replacement parts at:
    • Liberty Sports
      9 Phair Street
      P.O. Box 1369
      Gloversville, NY 12078
      1-518-773-4264


Glacier goggles
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Glacier goggles

If your dry eye condition is not too severe, glacier goggles can help protect your eyes from wind and light. Because the side shields are typically made of leather and are thus difficult to clean, people with eye allergies cannot use them.

Contact information
  • Opticus.com (Opticus fits prescriptions to glacier frames and other sports eyewear.)
  • Many sporting goods, ski, or hiking stores sell non-prescription glacier goggles.

Where can I find non-prescription moisture chamber goggles?

The table below lists a variety of inexpensive non-prescription goggles that can be used as moisture chamber goggles. In addition to being useful for people with severe dry eyes who do not need prescription lenses, some of these goggles (such as the Seal Mask or the Kaiman) are sometimes also used while sleeping by people who wear prescription glasses during the day. The final row provides information about the Fresnel lens, also called 3M Press-On Optics, which is a removable prescription lens that you can press onto the inner lens of non-prescription swimming goggles.

Picture Non-Prescription Moisture Chamber Goggles


Clear Kaiman with clear lens
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Black Kaiman with tinted lens
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Kaiman swimming goggle

The Kaiman goggle, like the Seal Mask and the Seal XP (both described below), is comfortable and easy to clean. Depending on the vendor, the frame comes in a variety of colors with a clear, tinted, or photochromic lens. Make sure you pick the right size: small for medium or small faces (if too small for you, your eyelashes might brush against the lens), or large for medium to large faces.

Caution  
  • Do not wear swimming goggles for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time without washing them. A good practice is to take them off, clean them, and then switch to a different type of goggle.
  • If you wear these goggles frequently, after 3 months, throw them away and buy a new pair. Buying a new pair on a regular basis might help avoid developing an allergy to the goggles.
  • To clean the Kaiman, rinse it with clean water, sprinkle it with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinse off the baking soda. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the lenses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub the lenses, you will scratch them.
Contact information
  • AquaSphere (to find a dealer near you, choose your country from the list and then click "Dealer Locator," or choose "International Distributors."
  • SportsBasement.com (carries both small and large sizes, the latter with a photochromic lens)
  • FitnessRacing.com (carries both small and large sizes; to find the large size, click a link near the bottom of the page displaying the smaller size)
  • SwimmingWithoutStress.co.uk (carries both small and large sizes)
  • Or go to Google.com and type the name of the goggle.


Seal Mask
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Seal Mask swimming goggle

Used by triathletes as well as swimmers, the AquaSphere Seal Mask can be ordered with a tinted or clear lens (depending on the vendor). The frame sits on the face away from your eyes and is very comfortable to wear.

Caution  
  • Do not wear swimming goggles for more than 2 or 3 hours at a time without washing them. A good practice is to take them off, clean them, and then switch to a different type of goggle.
  • If you wear these goggles frequently, after 3 months, throw them away and buy a new pair. Buying a new pair on a regular basis might help avoid developing an allergy to the goggles.
  • To clean the Seal Mask, rinse it with clean water, sprinkle it with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinse off the baking soda. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the lenses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub the lenses, you will scratch them.
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Seal XP
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Seal XP swimming goggle

Similar to the Seal Mask, the Seal XP, which can be ordered with a clear, tinted, or photochromic lens, has a frame that fits somewhat closer to your eyes than the Seal Mask. This goggle has the best seal against air of any goggle listed on this page and is therefore useful especially for outdoor wear on windy days or to protect your eyes from such irritants as smoke or cleaning sprays. Because the seal is so complete, do not wear this goggle for more than an hour or two at a time.

Caution  
  • Do not wear the Seal XP goggle for more than 1 or 2 hours at a time. After that, take them off, clean them, and then switch to a different type of goggle.
  • If you wear these goggles frequently, after 3 months, throw them away and buy a new pair. Buying a new pair on a regular basis might help avoid developing an allergy to the goggles.
  • To clean the Seal XP, rinse it with clean water, sprinkle it with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinse off the baking soda. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the lenses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub the lenses, you will scratch them.
Contact information
  • AquaSphere (to find a dealer near you, choose your country from the list and then click "Dealer Locator," or choose "International Distributors."
  • Amazon.com
  • Or go to Google.com and type the name of the goggle.


Taskmask safety goggles
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Safety goggles

This large clear soft plastic safety goggle (also called a "splash goggle") can fit over your usual prescription glasses. These are handy for protecting your eyes while doing household chores, such as cooking, cleaning, using machine tools, and so on. Make sure the goggles are clean before using them.

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Lagophthalmos
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Lagophthalmos Kit contains moisture chamber glasses and nighttime eye-band

Lagophthalmos is a condition in which an eye cannot close completely. Gulden Opthlamics makes a Lagophthalmos Kit, which is designed for that condition as well as for dry eyes. The kit has a pair of non-prescription moisture chamber goggles to protect the eyes from wind and particles during the day and a headband device that holds the eyes closed during the night without taping. Clean the lagophthalmos goggles before each use.

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Press On lens

Press On Lenses provide prescription for non-prescription goggles

The Fresnel Prism and Lens Company makes corrective lenses for swimming goggles. You can buy these inexpensive press-on lenses for either nearsighted or farsighted prescriptions.

Tip   To clean a pair of goggles in which you have inserted press-on lenses, rinse the goggle with clean water, sprinkle it with baking soda (not baking powder), and then rinse off the baking soda. Air-dry or pat (do not rub) the lenses dry with lint-free tissues or with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief. If you rub the lenses, you will scratch them.
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Tell your doctor!     Wearing moisture chamber glasses can lead an eye doctor to underestimate the dryness of your eyes, because the moisture chambers help prevent the damage to the eye's surface that optometrists or ophthalmologists use to gauge dryness. If you have been wearing moisture chamber glasses for several months and then go to a new eye doctor, make sure that he or she understands that you have been using moisture chamber glasses to protect your eyes.

Will insurance pay for moisture chamber goggles?

The article "How to Produce Moisture Chamber Eyeglasses for the Dry Eye Patient" (July 4, Journal of the Amnerican Optometric Association) contains an appendix addressed to eye doctors titled "How to help your patients get reimbursed for this prosthetic device." As noted in that appendix, getting such a letter from your doctor is not a guarantee that your insurance company will, in fact, pay for your moisture chamber glasses or goggles, but it might be effective. The following links take you to the appropriate reimbursement letter.

For PanOptx goggles used specifically to protect dry eyes, click the following link and print this reimbursement request letter:

Reimbursement Letter for PanOptx Moisture Chamber Goggles — If your ophthalmologist or optometrist agrees to provide this letter (or a similar letter) for you, ask them to type it onto their own stationery.

For sport or swimming goggles used specifically to protect dry eyes, click the following link and print this reimbursement request letter:

Reimbursement Letter for Moisture Chamber Goggles — Use this generic letter to request reimbursement for any multi-sport goggle (such as Barz) or any swimming goggle (such as Hilco) that you use for moisture chamber goggles. If your ophthalmologist or optometrist agrees to provide this letter (or a similar letter) for you, ask them to type it onto their own stationery.

For custom moisture chamber glasses made by your optician, click the following link and print this reimbursement request letter:

Reimbursement Letter for Custom-Made Moisture Chamber Glasses — If your ophthalmologist or optometrist agrees to provide this letter (or a similar letter) for you, ask them to type it onto their own stationery.

Additional information about moisture chamber goggles

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