Swimming Goggles

by Amith Bhawani - Date: 2006-11-15 - Word Count: 530 Share This!

Unlike most other types of goggles, swimming goggles are not an absolutely essential component of your swimming gear; however, it is advisable to use one of these to protect the eyes from chemicals or floating objects present in the water that might harm the eye. Apart from these, there is the pleasure of being able to see clearly underwater and thereby avoid mishaps of any sort.
Like all other products, swimming goggles have undergone changes in design and style in a bid to improve usability, and one has a wide variety of brands and models to make a choice from. There are a few things that you need to keep in mind while looking for the perfect pair of swimming goggles. The first of these would be a perfect fit, which is necessary to prevent water from leaking in and irritating the eye. The best way to check a pair of swimming goggles for a good fit is to try them on without the help of the strap to hold it in place; they need to be pressed into place and left - if they are able to stay on for at least a second it might just be the right fit. It also helps to identify the type of eye-socket shape you have ? there are goggles designed to fit oval and round eye-socket shapes that one can choose from. It is needless to say that you need to feel good wearing the goggles that you will eventually buy; the portion that rests on your nose, for instance, must sit comfortable without cutting into the skin. In other words, they need to be built with ample foam and cushioning to prevent the sharp edges from causing any discomfort, while providing reliable protection with a strong support strap.

It is also essential to go for lenses with ultra violet protection, with the proper tint ? while dark or mirrored goggles suit bright areas, clear lenses are best suited for indoor use. One of the other features one might be interested in is swimming goggles with anti-fog lenses or else, anti-fog drops to be used on regular goggles. This is essential, since fogging of the goggles can affect visibility in a very adverse manner. Other features like hypoallergenic or prescription lenses also can be opted for bases on individual requirements.

There are a variety of swimming goggle styles that one can choose from as well. The Swedish style, which are goggles without gaskets, are a very popular sort; it just requires some getting-used-to to the hard feel of the goggles around the eyes. Foam Gasket style goggles are very comfortable to wear owing to the soft cushioning the foam provides. These however don't last very long since the soft foam is seldom durable. Other gasket styles include those made of hard rubber or silicone to provide cushioning from the hard goggle edge; these are better than the foam gasket type in terms of durability. There also are scuba-mask type of styles designed especially for kids, with fancy colors and tri mmings.
Ms. Cherian is a highly respected writer and she writes about goggle and all her research about them on her website which deals on gogle and other eyewears.

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