How to Choose Swim Goggles

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If you swim regularly as a form of fitness, a dependable pair of swim goggles is a must. The chlorine in most pools will irritate your eyes and prevent you from seeing where you are going. Goggles help you achieve a smooth stroke without having to compensate for vision problems in the water. Goggles are available in a wide selection of designs and features, so it helps to follow some guidelines when choosing swim goggles.

Determine how you will use your swim goggles to help you select specific features. If you are swimming mainly outdoors, you may want UV protection and mirrored or tinted lenses to help keep the glare down. Many competitive swimmers like smaller goggles that fit snugly around eye sockets, and anti-fog and anti-scratch lenses should be on your list no matter what type of swimming you do. Also decide if you require prescription goggles so you can make the necessary arrangements.

Place the goggles you like against your face and press down lightly to test the seal. You should feel a second of quick suction as you press. If the suction is not adequate, do not purchase the goggles because they will likely leak and not serve their purpose. On the other hand, suction that is too strong can be uncomfortable and even painful.

Try on multiple pairs and styles to find one that gives you the most comfort with all of the features you need. Swim goggles typically come in round or oval shapes to accommodate different-shaped eye sockets. You may also find goggles with an adjustable nose piece for an even closer fit. Test the straps to ensure they hold the goggles firmly in place. Shake your head from side to side and try to mimic any movements you may use while in the water.


Proper care will extend the life of your goggles. After use, rinse them off in cold water to remove the chlorine.


Avoid rubbing the inside of the lenses as this may cause scratches and any anti-fog coating could be removed.