For years, skiers and snowboarders have enjoyed the clarity, convenience, and comfort of using prescription snow goggle inserts out on the slopes. At SportRx, we offer both single vision and progressive inserts that fit a wide range of goggle shapes and sizes. How do you know if you need progressives? Join us as we answer a few of the most common questions for determining if you need progressive snow goggle inserts during your next snowboarding or skiing trip.
Table of Contents
1. What is a Prescription Snow Goggle Insert?
2. What are Progressive Lenses?
3. Pros of Progressive Snow Goggle Inserts
4. Cons of Progressive Snow Goggle Inserts
5. Should You Get Progressives in Your Prescription Snow Goggle Insert?
6. Shop Prescription Snow Goggles Online at SportRx
7. Progressive Snow Goggle Inserts at SportRx
Join Sunglass Rob as he weighs the pros and cons of using progressive snow goggle inserts.
Prescription snow goggle inserts, sometimes called goggle adapters, are handy alternatives to wearing contacts or traditional glasses inside your snow goggles. When you wear a prescription insert, you’ll no longer rely on the awkward — and often uncomfortable — OTG method (over the glasses). Jamming your nice (ahem, expensive) glasses in your goggles can result in them breaking if you fall — or they could slip off during your rides. As for contacts, cold weather can dry them out and cause discomfort.
We pride ourselves in creating high quality prescription glasses and understand that every pair is an investment that should provide the best clarity. So naturally, we recommend prescription goggle inserts for anyone who wears glasses and needs goggles — providing the clearest and safest vision for their winter sport.
When you shop for prescription inserts at SportRx, we’ve got you covered with options that are compatible with all of your favorite snow goggle brands.
Progressives are multifocal lenses that include distance correction at the top, reading correction at the bottom, and everything else in between. Progressives offer a smoother transition between prescription powers, as opposed to how bifocal and trifocal lenses divide the prescriptions. For more information, check out our blog about how progressive lenses work.
So, are progressive lenses beneficial in your snow goggle inserts? Let’s get into some of the pros and cons.
The main benefit of using a progressive goggle insert is the convenience of having distance and nearby clarity at all times. When a customer isn't sure if they should consider this option, our opticians always ask, "Do you want to read your phone or a map without having to take off your goggles?" When you wear a progressive insert, you won’t need to swap in a spare pair of prescription reading glasses to see nearby objects.
At SportRx, we set up our progressives specifically for sport use by setting the near-vision correction area lower than standard progressive glasses. This setup prevents interference with your distance vision — so you can focus more on the runs ahead of you.
Winter sports enthusiasts who only wear reading glasses can also benefit from a progressive insert. If you have trouble solely viewing nearby objects, we have customized options for adding near-vision correction — without the prescription area for distance correction.
The same downsides for progressive prescriptions in everyday eyewear still exist for progressive goggle inserts. Your peripheral vision is more distorted than when you're looking directly through the top and bottom prescription areas. It will take some getting used to when you first start wearing them. However, if you've already made progressives a part of your everyday routine, your eyes should quickly adjust to a progressive insert.
If you don't want to compromise your full distance prescription, we recommend using single vision goggle inserts.
Purchasing a progressive snow goggle insert depends on your clarity needs. If you have both nearsighted and farsighted vision issues, a progressive insert will prevent you from swapping in reading glasses if you need to view your phone or a map. However, the multiple prescription corrections on the progressive insert does create a bit of peripheral distortion. We work to minimize this distortion by setting the farsighted prescription area (which improves the clarity of nearby objects) as low as possible on the insert. If you're used to wearing progressive glasses in your everyday life, you’ll probably have no problem adapting to a progressive goggle insert while on the mountain. If you have any additional questions, our friendly opticians are available to sort out what insert is best for you!
Did any of the snow goggles from Rob’s video catch your eye? Check out these featured models that are compatible with prescription goggle inserts!
Need a progressive insert for your snow goggles? Done. We make a range of prescription snow goggle inserts for a seamless fit and superior optics. When you shop with us, you’ll find video guides and tool tips throughout the build process as you customize your perfect prescription insert. An answer to all your questions is at your fingertips, and if you want to chat with an expert, contact us. We’ll put you in touch with one of our friendly in-house opticians who can help you build your prescription goggles.
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