Racket Sports

Eye protection is crucial for racket sports.  Nearly 20% of eye related injuries occur through racket sports.  A squash ball is small enough to fit into your eye socket, and as a result can cause considerable damage.  Just one misdirected shot of the ball, or contact of the racquet with your eye, is all that is required to damage or lose your sight.

It is important for you to wear protective eyewear whilst playing squash and badminton.  This is taken seriously by international sporting organisations, for example eye protection is compulsory for all players in the World Junior Squash Championships.

Prescription Options:

  • You can have your prescription fitted directly into the frame
  • You can also have an optical insert adaptor which has your prescription glazed into it
  • You can be fitted with contact lenses and then wear your sunglasses over the top

SQUASH/BADMINTON

Lens Guide

  • Impact resistant like polycarbonate or Trivex
  • Polycarbonate must be used for squash
  • Anti-fog coating
  • Anti-reflective coating
  • Orange and yellow tint improve the ball visibility

Frame Guide

  • Lightweight
  • Wrap-around frame
  • Moulded design
  • Elasticated sports band to hold the frame in place
  • Good padding to absorb any shock

Prescription Options

  • Your prescription can be glazed into the protective frame
  • You can also wear contact lenses with a protective frame over the top

TENNIS

Hand-eye coordination is vital in tennis.  The ideal sports performance lenses will improve contrast, enhancing the colour of the yellow tennis ball and maximising depth perception.  This will allow you to see the ball quicker and more easily.  Our optometrists also recommend UV protection whilst playing outdoors, due to the excess exposure of UV light which can damage your eyes. Whilst increasing the development of cataract and macular degeneration, high UV exposure can also lead to lesions and tumours on the front surface of your eyes.

  • Anti-reflective coatings can be applied to the front or back surface of the lens. This provides you with better clarity of vision
  • Oleophobic and Hydrophobic treatment will stop dirt and grease sticking to your lens maintaining distraction free vision
  • Impact resistance for all round protection whilst playing tennis
  • Lightweight for increased comfort
  • Optical precision can be created as we can glaze your prescription into the lens or have an insert
  • 100% UV protection advised
  • Interchangeable lenses for different conditions


Tint Guide

BROWN:

  • Provides high contrast
  • Good colour balance
  • Soothing to the eye

ORANGE/AMBER

  • Good choice for partly sunny conditions
  • Makes the yellow ball more visible

YELLOW

  • Most effective in low light conditions, or overcast days
  • Superior increase in contrast enhancement
  • Absorbs blue light and improves the contrast of the ball

GREEN/BLUE

  • Increases contrast
  • Highlights the background
  • Improves contrast of the ball

Frame Guide

It is important the frames are lightweight and comfortable.  They also should fit firmly on your face, so that you don’t have the fear of them slipping down every time you swing.

  • Lightweight
  • Wrap-around style
  • Adjustable nose pads
  • Thermogrip is made with hydrophilic material which has moisture absorbing properties that keep the frame firmly in place whilst sweating
  • Adjustable temples
  • Oversized frames with deep lenses offer a wider field of vision
  • Allow some airflow, as this will help prevent lenses from misting over
  • Use a sport’s band to keep frame in place