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How to make your own prescription swimming goggles

Mikael in Sweden sent us this super clever project so we thought we would share it with you, with this guide!

Here's what Mikael said -

"Since I have quite a strong prescription, I'm more or less blind when I swim. I don't want to buy prescription goggles as they're so expensive, but I had several old, ordinary glasses as well as regular swimming goggles. So, I sugru'ed them together! The end result works really well!"

sugru is perfect for this because:

1: It is waterproof.
2: It bonds to most materials, especially glass.

Kit

  • Swimming Goggles
  • An old pair of glasses with your prescription lenses
  • sugru
  • Scissors
  • Tissue/toilet paper
  • Small screwdriver

Step 1

Screwdriver used to unscrew glasses

To remove the lenses from the glasses we used our iFixit screwdriver set, these sets are super useful for fiddly jobs.

Remove the screw closest to the lenses, this should allow you to open the frame to remove the lens without damaging them.

Open up the frame and remove the lens.

Step 2

Two blue balls of Sugru being held

Cut open and knead your 5g minipack of sugru.

Tear the blob in half - one half for each lens!

TOP TIP: If you find that sugru sticks to your fingers, just give them a quick wipe with dry tissue paper

Step 3

Prescription lenses being attached to googles with Sugru

Roll the sugru into thin sausages.

Place the sausage around the rim of the goggles.

Gently but firmly press your prescription lens onto the sugru making sure that there are no gaps.

Step 4

Sugru smoothed over with finger

Gently press / rub the sugru to get a good finish.

Use soapy water for a super smooth finish.

Leave to cure for 24 hours. (Good things come to those who wait...)

Step 5

Prescription goggles on table

24 hours later and the sugru has fully cured.

Now let's all go swimming! :)