Swimming is a very healthy and enjoyable activity, but with reduced vision and highly sensitive eyes due to aniridia, regular goggles may be of limited use.
Children, for example, may find it difficult to see their instructors in swimming lessons. And adults may be reluctant to go swimming if they feel goggles restrict their field of vision and fail to reduce glare.
The solution for many is to get goggles that are tinted or polarised or have prescription lenses. And there are various places you can look for these.
A local high street optician may be able to help or advise you, and there is no harm in asking. However, there is no guarantee they can supply them, and even if they do the cost may be prohibitive.
So it is worth shopping around further. For example, one parent on the Aniridic Family Facebook group recently shared her own experience:
“My daughter is a keen swimmer and was finding it hard in her lessons to see what the instructor was doing (the instructor always goes up close to show her). However, there are times where she can’t see what to do with normal goggles on. We went to Specsavers and they said there was a chance they can’t do it, or it could cost between £75-125.
After trailing the internet I came across a site called Prescription Swimming Goggles. I got my daughter a pair of mirrored ones. These are for outdoor swimming, but having just got back from Spain they were a godsend. My daughter’s swimming has improved dramatically, so much so that within 2 weeks she received 3 badges and was moved up a group. To make it even better they only cost me £25 and were delivered in 3 days. I even got myself a pair.”
Various other websites have also been recommended by people with aniridia and parents of children with the condition:
TYR Goggles have a wide selection available, including polarised lenses, and a Swimple range for children. Their international site even allows you to customise Swimples and other types of goggles in various ways.
Aquasphere Goggles are available for children and adults, including polarised lenses.
We also recommend searching for the “goggles” in Aniridic Family to find out what others have to say.