Squash Protective Eyewear / Squash Goggles
More and more players decide to wear protective eyewear on the squash court and there is a good reason for doing so. Ophthalmologists warn that the number of serious eye injuries in squash is considerable. No less than 30% of all eye injuries happen during exercise and especially in sports with a small ball, such as in squash. The squash ball fits precisely in the eye socket. The risk is increased by the fact that squash is played in a small space, so the chance that your racket or elbow hits your partner´s eye is relatively great. Various studies have shown that experienced players run just as great a risk as beginners, so wearing squash protective eyewear is recommended for everyone regardless of standard.
Eye injuries in squash range from a slight damage to the cornea that can heal within 24 hours to a bleeding in the cornea with a retinal detachment and a possible permanent blindness as a result.
Ophthalmologists indicate that wearing good squash goggles can prevent 90% of the eye injuries. The eyes are one of our most refined organs, but unfortunately they are also extremely fragile. Ordinary glasses or contact lenses do not offer protection against eye injuries. Quite the contrary, they can even increase the risk. The squash protective eyewear available at Squashpoint complies with all safety regulations and protects your eyes optimally during the game.
Despite the warnings, you still see many people playing without squash goggles. The main reason for this is that most players think that goggles might limit the field of vision and the opponent could benefit from this. People are also worried that the protective eyewear may disturb them during the game or that the goggles could easily slide off due to perspiration in the face. The good news is that the big squash brands have developed squash goggles with very good wearing comfort and all kinds of features that ensure that the glasses stay in place when you play. Most squash goggles also have a specific ventilation system that prevents the glasses from fogging up. And of course, the more dynamic the shape of the glasses the less the field of vision is obstructed.
For juniors up to and including 21 years of age, wearing squash goggles has been mandatory for some time already. And in 2016, Squash Bond Netherlands made the usage of squash goggles mandatory in adult’s doubles. Under the motto "You can replace your racket, but not your eyes", the rules in the Netherlands are now aligned with the rest of the world where wearing goggles has been mandatory since doubles tournaments exist.
Squashpoint exclusively sells quality squash goggles by Dunlop, Prince, Wilson and Tecnifibre. If you have any questions when selecting squash goggles, please feel free to contact us. As real squash lovers, we are happy to give you advice.