I am nearsighted, such that everything would be opaque without glasses and I can not play squash, practically.

I've lived with the glasses over 20 years in daily life without any problem, but now they are considerable bottleneck within playing squash, because:

  • As a matter of safety: People assert that any probable smashing hit from the ball to the glasses could be really dangerous for me... So, I better not not think about playing squash with glasses...

  • As a matter of performance: The glasses will slip on my face... Therefore, I can not have the desired agility, noticeably.

I've studied something about potential options for this problem:

The contact lenses: They are highly-criticized by some experts and probably are not the right solution.

Goggles: They sound to be able to handle the issue, in view of the security, but they are not, supposedly, usable to fix my eyesight problem (as glasses do)... I've found no evidence for medical goggles, within whose structure the medical lenses, just like glasses, have been used...

Would you please do me a favor and share any potential experience about the matter?

  • I've provided an answer, but perhaps you could expand on the contact lenses being highly criticized comment by providing a link? Jan 22, 2016 at 5:54
  • @JamesBradbury: As a matter of fact, this claim does just come from my recent talk to a doctor... So, I need to study more about the truthfulness of the case...
    – user10669
    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:21

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I would've thought that the combination of contact lenses and goggles would be a good solution as long as you can get used to wearing contacts.

Anecdotally, I know plenty of racket-sport players who use contact lenses instead of glasses, my wife included. She insists they are better than glasses particularly because when wearing glasses, the ball/shuttle will be hard to track through her peripheral vision in which it becomes both blurry and slightly offset. I am an occasional contact lens wearer, for night cycling. I'm not aware of any serious health objections to contact lenses, provided good hygiene practice is followed.

However, some people find contact lenses difficult to wear even after a period of adjustment/practice. If they are really not for you, it appears it is possible to get prescription squash goggles.

  • Thanks James... I wonder if I would be able to replace the typical glasses of a goggle with my glasses... So, I will get rid of contact lenses, and the goggle will act for both performance and security stuffs... Is it possible?!
    – user10669
    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:25
  • I haven't tried them, but from what the second link implies, yes. Jan 22, 2016 at 8:40
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    I have a friend who plays with security goggles that go over glasses. It is a cheaper alternative to goggles with prescriptions. This is another option you might want to consider.
    – Yousend
    May 6, 2016 at 12:56

Well, i can't estimate how equal Badminton and Squash are, but maybe you can nevertheless profit somehow: I've been playing Badminton over a year with glasses and additionally, I've been using them also in my sports course in high school since approximately 3 years or so.

Basically, I'd suggest you

  • to use "plastic glasses". I don't know the official term for that. But those provide the full vision, but are not made of glas - and are therefore a lot safer. (I use them)
  • to ask your eye shop, if they can "modify" the temple, so that it doesn't fall of that easily. I personally still have to readjust them sometimes (especially if i'm heavily sweating or/and running.) - but in my opinion, it is still an option. And in Badminton, i feel quite agile - at least my glasses aren't limiting factors.
  • Thanks a lot... As a badminton player migrated to squash, I'd just benefited from plastic glasses, a lot. They are safe, but the the slippery movement of the glasses on my face within each smash was another story :) Hence, I need to find some way to fix the plastic glasses on my face
    – user10669
    Feb 12, 2016 at 6:30
  • You're welcome :) Could you describe the "slippery movement" an the way it annoys you a bit further? I mean, yes I experienced "slippery movements" in a way that my glasses are a bit shifted - but I think, It never annoyed me during a smash or even were in danger to fall off. ==> Therefore the tip to tell your experiences an eye shop, maybe they can reduce that slippery movement.
    – toogley
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:57
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    Actually, that is, considerably, more than than "a-bit shifting" for me... Perspiration within the match leads to slippage of the glasses on my face and it is really annoying... then: TOWARD THE EYE SHOP :D
    – user10669
    Feb 13, 2016 at 13:58

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