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5 Strangest Uses for Prescription Swim Goggles

cutting onions

*Updated December 21st/2018

1) Farming/Harvesting Crops

Combine Harvesting Wheat

A few years ago, I had a call from a gentleman that wanted to know if the Aquagoggle V2- prescription swim goggles would stand up to having a few holes drilled into the lens. To date, that has been the oddest question I have ever received about the goggles. However, this man had a very good reason for asking. He is a farmer and unfortunately suffers from dry eye. Driving his combine during the harvest was unbearable. So his idea was to seal his eyes away from the worst of the dust/grit etc with our goggles. Just adding a few holes for a little ventilation.

Well, he did it and reported back that it worked beautifully. I only wish I had asked him for a picture of him on his combine wearing swim goggles!

2) Sailing to Antarctica (and capturing it on Film)

Back in 2016, I was contacted by a man that wanted to know if our prescription swim goggles would hold up in very cold weather and possibly severe weather. My thoughts went to someone doing an early in the year triathlon (triathletes are crazy and awesome). But no, Sylvestre Campe was doing something that to me was even crazier and audacious. He and his crew were sailing to Antarctica to film a series about the adventure. Wow.

I told Sylvestre that I knew of no reason why the goggles wouldn’t do the job, and he ordered a pair of our V2- prescription swim goggles to try. So off a package went to Brazil, and I didn’t hear from him for quite some time. And then, a few months later I received an update in an email from Sylvestre.

“We are back from the most amazing sailing expedition, next one will be NW Passage. The goggles where amazing. We had a storm that was particularly bad as we were anchoring in the Antarctic…, we drifted and hit ground with 120km/h winds… Well, to make a long and exciting story short the goggles saved our Abel Tasman. No pair of glasses would have stayed on my face!!!!”

“This morning I went surfing with the goggles, amazing being able to see the wave,
Cheers from steaming Rio,

You can watch a promo of Campe and crew’s film here:

3) Prepping Dinner

Cutting onions during meal prep. I admit, when a customer responded in a review with this idea, I was mad I hadn’t thought of it before. I’ve been handling Aquagoggles for 17 years, and in all that time I’ve suffered through some meal preparations that a pair of our prescription swim goggles could have saved me from. My eyes burn and water like crazy when I dice onions. Why does something so delicious have to hurt you so? Well, now they don’t have to. I may look silly, but I can see what I’m doing and my eyes don’t burn now.

cutting onions
No more burning eyes!

4) Mowing the Lawn

Much like the irritation from dust and chaff, like the farmer, or burning eyes from cutting onions. Some people (like my wife) suffer terribly from an allergic reaction to grass. For my wife, it’s a nice excuse to leave mowing the lawn to me. For some though, they just push through the discomfort and get to it. A few customers are willing to look a little silly if it means they can save themselves from red & puffy eyes, and wear our prescription swim goggles while they mow the lawn. I think they’re also preparing for an excuse to jump in a pool after they’re done. At least that’s what I’d do.

5) Obstacle/Adventure Races

This was another use that made sense when we were made aware of it. Events like the Tough Mudder have a number of obstacles that include water, and of course mud. Wearing your regular eyeglasses could be either annoying and expensive if you wreck them.

Other events that include color bombs and tons of suds are also becoming popular. If you are so inclined to take on one of these events, then a pair of swim goggles might be a good gear option. Also, any Anti-Fog solution is a great idea.

Parental Permission to get Dirty… Priceless

We’ve also heard of them being used for surfing in San Diego, sailing in the UK, and one ultra marathoner even took a pair to the Marathon des Sables. If you’ve got an interesting story about how you’ve used your Aquagoggles, share it with us!

We can also help you choose what lenses might work best for you.  Here’s the link.

By Graham Cressman/


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Swimming and the Eye

Swimming and The Eye


A shared communal body of water is a beautiful thing. If you’re wondering how swimming affects your eyes and what you can do to protect them, you’re in the right place. Stinging, burning, redness, and dry eyes are all common afflictions of swimmers getting in and out of the pool– and what’s more, it’s not just chlorine that’s causing all the commotion. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual swimming account reports that the smell of chlorine is actually the buildup of chemicals in combination with sweat, urine, and fecal matter from swimmers’ bodies. This wonderful concoction that ails the eyes is actually a chemical called chloramine.


Before the Pool

If you find yourself questioning those pesky mandatory shower stalls at the pool side, don’t worry, you’re not alone. However, showering before swimming is one of the most effective and only ways to prevent perspiration, urine, fecal matter, and bacteria from entering the water.


Keep in mind, encouraging others to shower before swimming not only protects the wellbeing of other swimmers, but also your personal hygiene. Sweat, dirt, lotions, oils, and bodily fluids are just a few components of the collective bathtub you’re about to enter. Feces and urine go hand in hand with public pools, kind of like peanut butter and jelly but not delicious at all. So, make sure to take a shower with soap and water before entering the pool to reduce any bacterial residue in both skin and hair.


Wearing Protective Eyewear

Chemicals can cause reactions on the exterior and edges of your eyes resulting in redness, itchiness, and watery eyes. Exposure to harmful chemicals and bacteria washes away and disrupts the tear film, a thin multi-layer of water, proteins, and lipids on the surface of the eyes. When this occurs, the protective layer is no longer able to function. Rather than keep eyes moist and clean, chemicals cause water to evaporate from the tear film and in turn, the eyes become dry, uncomfortable, and most importantly, exposed. Sensitivity to chlorine can also cause chemical conjunctivitis, a toxic pinkeye that that results in inflamed and irritated eyes.


Well-equipped with a pair of swimming goggles can keep harmful pool chemicals out of your eyes as well as keep those tear films healthy and lubricated. Wearing protective eyewear such as goggles or sunglasses when exposed to these environments can also prevent infection. On the other hand, contact lenses are not a form of protective eye wear. Water is the perfect medium for bacteria to thrive so it’s best to avoid wearing contacts altogether when entering a pool, hot-tub, beach, ocean, or participating in any water- activity.


After the Pool

Infections such as conjunctivitis can arise if any bacteria transfer out of the pool and into your eye. Washing your face with eyes closed can help wash away any chemicals from your outer lids and lashes. Showering with soap and water washes away any bacteria and germs on your body.


People who swim competitively or often develop dry eye as their tear production diminishes resulting in blurry vision. Staying hydrated is important for keeping eyes comfortable in the hot sun so be mindful of your hydration levels. Artificial tears as well as any lubricating eye drops can also relieve irritated eyes before and after swimming.


Preparation is the Key to Success


There’s nothing better than hanging by the water on a hot summer day to cool down. There’s also nothing worse than waking up with pink-eye the next morning due to exposing your eyes to harmful bacteria. To minimize risk and exposure to toxic microorganisms, wearing protective eyewear such as swimming goggles can prevent any sight threatening contaminations. Contact lenses in the pool, ocean, hot-tub, lake, or any exposure to a water environment can also be hazardous. Spread awareness in your community and maximize your health and hygiene simply by wearing goggles and taking a shower before and after swimming.




Christin Lee is a yoga instructor, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger living in NYC with a passion for universal human rights. She currently writes for InsiderEnvy a site focused on travel, health, and eyecare.


Aquagoggles has provided high quality prescription swim goggles since 2001. If you need help choosing prescription swim goggles, you should read this first.