DGX Ultra View Anti-Reflective Mask
- Anti-reflective optical coating which reduces glare
- Single lens frameless design w/ wide angle of vision
- Soft silicone body with a double silicone face skirt
- Fits most standard to wide faces
- AR coating blocks ultraviolet (UV) radiation
The DGX Anti-Reflective Mask includes a lens with an anti-reflective optical coating technology which reduces glare by filtering shorter wavelengths of the visible spectrum that scatter within the eye. Reducing the shorter wavelengths provides the benefit of highlighting visual distinction and enhancing contrast. The coating also blocks ultraviolet (UV) radiation that has been linked to cataract formation and filters some of the blue light spectrum to provide a more soothing, comfortable viewing experience. This single lens frameless design with a double face seal on the skirt fits nearly all Medium to Wide faces. You will see this EXACT mask sold under a variety of different brands. DGX sells it to you at the right price! Matte black color with matte black silicone skirt. Includes the DGX padded mesh mask bag.
What you see is not what they see: The optical coating technology causes an unexpected effect that the view on the surface from the 'outside looking in' is very different from the 'inside looking out'. From the point of view of others looking at the mask on the diver, they will see a reflection that shifts across the color portions of the spectrum depending on the viewing angle. However, looking from the divers point of view, you no longer perceive these tints (the lenses appear to be clear) and your visual perception benefits from the effect of the optical coating.
Science has documented many psychological and physiological factors affecting the perception of color and there are vast differences in the perception of color by different individuals. This was demonstrated in early 2015 with the Internet debate surrounding the question What Color Is This Dress?. Many divers enjoy the benefits of the optical coatings on these specialized masks, but some divers do not see any difference or even actively dislike the effect of the coatings. If you are one of the latter, Dive Gear Express will cheerfully accept your return.
Don't use toothpaste on modern dive masks, especially those masks that have lenses with optical coatings. You will either damage the optical coating or needlessly waste toothpaste since most modern toothpaste formulations are not at all abrasive. The same goes for using a lighter to 'burn' the lens to prepare a new mask. Dive Gear Express will not warranty masks that have been treated with abrasives or burned with lighters. Most new dive masks do have mold release agents in the flexible skirt that during storage will migrate to the surface of the lens and cause fogging. These deposits can be safely removed with an extra application of a powerful surfactant like baby shampoo, SeaQuick or SeaDrops defog.
Optical Coating Masks Are Not "Cool"
Optical coating masks offer some excellent vision benefits for most experienced divers. However, Dive Gear Express does not recommend optical coating masks for use by instructors or divers who may be diving with an inexperienced buddy. Like mirrored sunglasses, the coatings have a reflective quality that can make it difficult for others to see the eyes of the diver. This can produce an intimidating psychological effect causing the wearer to be perceived as more anonymous and less generous. Instructors know that a reassuring demeanor with students improves their learning capacity, and wearing an optical coating mask can be counter productive to teaching entry level scuba students. Entry level scuba students themselves should not wear an optical coating mask because obscuring the eyes makes it more difficult for the instructor to evaluate the diver condition.