Squash Glasses are a necessary evil for all squash players. For those under 19 and university students in North America, they are mandatory. And for good reason too; getting hit by a squash ball or a racket in the eye can cause serious damage. After someone crosses 19 however, this squash glasses rule is lifted. Either somehow the risk disappears after 19 or the player is considered as an adult responsible for their own decisions. When was the last time you saw a PSA pro squash player wear eye protection? The most recent example I can think of was Mostafa Asal, but that too was before he turned 20.
Squash Glasses Suck
Most of us hate squash glasses. They get sweaty, foggy, and are really annoying to wear. After every point we find ourselves cleaning them with our polyester shirts, which do a terrible job at cleaning anything. And then they get lost.
What about people who wear glasses anyways?
But what about all those squash players who need glasses to see?! Squash eye protection glasses come with just the plastic lens that has no prescription on them. That is pretty useless for players who wear prescription.
Fortunately, if you already wear glasses, referees wont bother you about wearing eye protection. However, now you put your glasses frames at risk of breakage. Moreover, most normal glasses are made of metal and plastic and kind of slick. This means they will start falling off your face after you break a sweat. Dealing with falling glasses is more annoying than cleaning the squash goggles.
Can we get prescription glasses for sports like squash?
So here are two solutions for those visually impaired squash players.
- Get an optician to make you a pair of squash eye protection glasses with lenses fitted in them as per your prescription. This can solve your problem, but depending on where you live and how vision insurance coverage works, it could be a costly solution.
- Get yourself a pair of cheap glasses frames, preferably thick plastic ones. Then get your optician to fit your standard prescription lenses in them. Viola! you now have a pair of totally normal glasses! Where’s the squash part?
- Get these rubber hook things. They slide right onto the legs of the frame. Are they legs or arms? Whatever they are, look at the picture and see how those rubber ear hooks are attached to the glasses. These hooks go behind your ear and ensure your glasses stay on your face, no matter how much you sweat or how hard you dive during play.
I find the second option a more cost effective solution for squash players. Cheap glasses are readily available and breaking them is no problem.
If you want a bag of ear hook things to make your own pair of squash glasses, contact us and we can try sending some out to you.