Water parks - goggles on slides?

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  1. luvallprincesses

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    My 11 year old has terrible vision. If he wears his contacts (which he doesn’t have a ton of experience with yet) to a Water Park, will he be able to wear goggles on ALL of the slides, both tube and body slides?
     
  2. wishuponastar1984

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    Unless he is wearing daily disposables there is no way I would trust an 11 yr old to wear goggles properly. I would just do regular glasses with the bungee style strap. If you are going to risk it with contacts have the glasses available as back up.
     
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  4. ears2BWV

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    On the larger slides they do not allow any eyewear at all. There is no way it would stay on. It's been a couple years since I've been so maybe things have changed. You can wear them all the way until you load though.
     
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  5. luvallprincesses

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    And then I would hold them while going down the slide? That’s allowed?
     
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    Yes, you can hold disallowed items on all slides. I don't remember if goggles are not allowed, but I've held my shoes, for example.
     
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    Thanks, that’s good to know! I assumed if he wasn’t allowed to wear his glasses, we certainly couldn’t hold them and then we’d have to leave them in a locker and have him struggle seeing to walk all day.
     
  8. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    I don't do the few big body slides but on all others I am permitted to carry my camera so I think he should be fine.
     
  9. ktate82

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    My husband wears glasses (no contacts) and can't see without them. We got him prescription goggles off Amazon for a reasonable amount (also a mask for when we snorkel), and that was the best money we ever spent for him. He uses them when ever we swim or go to the water parks. He can't wear them on the body slides, but he will wear them up (yes he walks around with goggles on) and takes them off just before he goes down. You just have to call the eye doc's office and get his prescription so you know what strength to order.
     
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    I’m confused. If he takes them off on the slides, what is the benefit in using them versus glasses at the water park? Maybe only for the swimming?
     
  11. ktate82

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    He can see to go up the stairs at the slides. He can also wear them on the family rides and tube slides. He prefers to wear them because they were soooo much cheaper than his glasses, and if he looses them vs his glasses, he will not be without someway to see the entire vacation.
     
  12. maltdizzy

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    That's what I do. I wear corrective optical goggles around water parks and pools to be able to see. I'll switch to my prescription sunglasses for something like a lazy river, but they don't always stay on when I roll off the tube.
     
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    I wish I had known about this sooner. We are leaving on Sunday. According to the formula to order him the correct strength, there are no goggles available on Prime that are his strength. The eye doctor explains his vision as farsighted but with such a large astigmatism that everything near and far is blurry. With a sphere of +4.5 and Cylinder of -3.25, I think he’d need a diopter of +3 (please correct me any eye doctors out there!) The negatives are the common ones, therefore cheaper and available on Prime. I will certainly purchase him some for future use, but doesn’t look like for this trip. Thanks for the info!
     
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    You guys....as someone with coke bottle glasses since 2nd grade, and super strong contacts since 9th, I NEVER knew there were Rx goggles and I love to swim!! I always sleep with my glasses next to my pillow in case of emergency. Thank you for this info! OP I feel your son's pain and I think it's awesome that for future trips he can have these special goggles at his disposal! For the water slides I just close my eyes super tightly and then I don't rub them after to risk the contacts falling out. I have never had an issue except for making a super funny, scrunched up face! Have so much fun!
     
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    My husband can't find prescription swim goggles that fit his prescription yet but he was able to get the style that's basically like safety glasses through Zenni. So they don't block all the water, but they do stay tightly on his head.
     
  16. maltdizzy

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    There are true Rx googles you can get from the optometrist/optician, which are custom to your prescription but $$$$.

    And then there are corrective optical googles you can buy via Amazon or swimshops which are more generic and only correct so much for $$.

    I use the latter and they are "close enough for rock and roll", I wouldn't try and drive in them, but they work for on-and-off for a day around water parks and pools (I switch them out with my Rx sunglasses when not getting wet). If I were a daily swimmer, beach swimmer, or needed better vision, I would consider paying for a true pair for Rx goggles.
     
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    Thank you for this clarification! I do swim quite a lot in the summer so I might look into those when my budget allows. I am afraid my prescription is so bad that the corrective ones on Amazona et al probably wouldn't be enough. I can't even tell the facial features of someone standing just 3 feet away without my glasses/contacts. I can tell you what color their eyes might be, and obviously where their noise is, etc but that's about it.
     
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    I wear contacts. I have to consciously shut my eyes at the end of slides but it works.
     
  19. ktate82

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    I feel your pain. I had Lasik in 2011 and before that, I had a prescription so bad, I could only see blobs of color and generic shapes a foot past my face (and see something clearly about six inches from my face). I didn't realize they had optical goggles then either so was so happy when I found them for DH.
     
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    I wear contacts. I went on the family raft rides and the crush & gusher raft rides at TL. I wore my sunglasses on those rides. They never came off my head. I've only done the raft rides not the body rides so I can't comment on those. But he can wear goggles on all the raft rides. Some water dumps on your head so I was glad I at least had my sunglasses on to shield some what. I did the water slide at the Poly and just closed my eyes at the end when I went under. Then carefully wiped my eyes so the contacts didn't pop out. The lifeguard let my son wear his goggles on the waterslide at the Poly.

    I can't see without glasses or contacts - my glasses are -7.50 in each eye. I never knew they had prescription goggles! I wonder if they go in my strength?
     
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