The answer is YES! Most companies now make ski and snow goggles that you can buy to wear over your glasses. These are called OTG (over-the-glasses) goggles.

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Goggles For Prescription Eye Wear - OTG - Over The Glasses Goggles

Goggles For Prescription Eye Wear - OTG - Over The Glasses Goggles

Can I wear my prescription glasses while skiing or snowboarding?

The answer is YES!
Many goggle brands include in their range ski and snow goggles that you can wear over your prescription glasses. These are called OTG (over-the-glasses) goggles.

Why do I need goggles for skiing or snowboarding? Can’t I just wear my glasses?

Most experienced skiers and snowboarders know that goggles are one of the most important pieces of equipment you will need for skiing, regardless of the weather conditions. You’ll need them if it’s sunny and bright for UV protection, for eye safety in general, and to stop your eyes from watering. Also during low light, foggy, or snow and wet conditions enhance your vision, especially in whiteout conditions. A high-quality goggle and lens combination should enhance contrast and your vision significantly.
If you wear prescription glasses you know far too well that cold air is dry and when you are in the mountains your contact lenses can feel like sandpaper rubbing into your eyes and making them sore and dry. Additionally, your eyes will water as you pick up speed or it’s windy, and they are left unprotected.

Prescription goggles are expensive and cost prohibitive - OTG goggles to the rescue!

This is why OTG’s are your saving grace. OTG goggles are specially designed to fit over ‘most’ prescription eyewear. The foam configuration coupled with the ‘cut out’ design in the rubber frame allows for maximum face seal and an anatomical fit. Allowing room for your eyewear arms to pass through. OTG goggles are also deeper than regular goggles.

Some useful tips to remember to get the most out of your OTG goggles:

1) Make sure that your helmet and OTG goggles are compatible, and create minimal gaps for airflow to your forehead without blocking the top vents of your goggles.

2) If you can, don’t wear metal-framed glasses under your ski OTG goggles as the metal frames conduct the cold and are quicker to fog (especially as your body heat builds). Ideally, wear plastic-framed prescription eyewear and use an anti-fog solution on them.

3) OTG goggles are available in children’s styles for kids that wear prescription eyewear too.

Other notes for those who are visiting the snow and wear prescription eyewear:

1) You can get prescription goggles made up directly from some companies. These are incredibly expensive however if you have a very thick wallet, it may be something worth considering.

2) Over-the-glass goggles also come in a range of foam, strap, and lens options. Wearing a single-lens OTG goggles is a waste of your money.

3) The better the quality of the goggles and lens, the better your vision, so it is recommended that you buy the best goggles that you can afford. Goggles with spherical lenses will give you optimum vision with minimal distortion.

Also worth considering when looking at buying OTG goggles is the lens colour. As with buying any ski or snow goggles, the lens VLT (Visual Light Transmission) will enhance your vision in varying light conditions on the snow.


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