The risk of eye injury in racquet sports such as squash is high according to the American Academies of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, the American Optometric Association, and eye care professionals who have studied sports eye injuries. Fortunately, these injuries are almost totally preventable with appropriate protective equipment.
US Squash policy is that all players and coaches must wear protective eyewear whether playing singles or doubles, hardball or softball squash during all activities involving racquets and balls that take place on a court at US Squash accredited (sanctioned) events.
The eyewear must meet or exceed the current American Society for Testing and Materials standard (ASTM-F803). Selecting protective eyewear that meets or exceeds the ASTM-F803 standard is the responsibility of individual participants. A list of eyewear that is approved by the ASTM-F803 standards is below, as well as the full US Squash Eyewear Policy. You can download a copy of the approved eyewear list to display in your club by clicking here.
All players and coaches must wear protective eyewear whether playing singles or doubles, hardball or softball squash during all activities that take place on the court involving racquets and balls at US Squash-only accredited (sanctioned) events.
The eyewear must meet or exceed the current American Society for Testing and Materials standard (ASTM-F803). To be used in competition, protective eyewear must appear on the ASTM reference listing.
The eyewear must be unaltered and worn over the eyes as designed at all times.
The policy applies to participants at all events in the United States including tournaments, exhibitions, clinics and leagues which are accredited (sanctioned) only by the U.S. SQUASH or organized by its member districts.
Players under 19 years of age participating in Junior competitions internationally must wear approved eyewear at all times.
Members of Team USA (Men and Women) are strongly encouraged to wear protective eyewear while competing in international events.
U.S. SQUASH will maintain a reference list of ASTM approved eyewear but does not test, evaluate, or certify eyewear as compliant with ASTM-F803.
Selecting protective eyewear that meets or exceeds the ASTM-F803 standard is the responsibility of individual participants. Streetwear spectacles and unlensed eye protection do not meet the standard.
In some cases eyewear manufacturers may assert their products are compliant with the standard or the products may carry the seal of an independent certifier such as the Protective Eyewear Certification Council. However, U.S. SQUASH recommends seeking advice from an eyewear professional before buying to insure that the eyewear meets or exceeds the ASTM-F803 standard.
The companies below assert these eyewear models have been tested and meet the ASTM-F803 standard for eye protection. If you have knowledge indicating otherwise, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Knight Action Eyes Stiletto
Black Knight Action Eyes Turbo
Black Knight Action Eyes Turbo Junior
Black Knight Lasers
Black Knight Sight Guards
Black Knight Kona
Black Knight Kona Junior
Black Knight Lynx
E-Force Crystal Wrap
E-Force Dual Focus
Ektelon Scopa Slim
Ektelon Strobe 2009
Dunlop I-Armor Protective Eyewear
Dunlop I-Armor Junior Eyewear
Harrow Shield Pro
HEAD Pro Elite
i-MASK, WARNING: For i-MASK users: Polycarbonate spectacle lenses should be used if spectacles are worn under protective eyewear.
Prince Pro Lite
Prince Pro Lite II
Prince Scopa Slim
Python Rad Turbo Amber/Lens
Python Rad Turbo
Swans Sports Eye Guard
Tecnifibre Absolute Squash
Tourna Specs Clear
Wilson Jet Eyewear
Wilson nVue Eyewear
Wilson Vents Hope Squash
The following eyewear models have NOT been confirmed as having been tested or having met the ASTM-F803 standard for eye protection and are therefore are NOT currently approved for use in order to be compliant with the US. Squash Protective Eyewear Policy. If you have knowledge indicating otherwise, please send an email to email@example.com.
Ektelon Mirage II
Ektelon More Game
Feather Eyewear – all models
Harrow Rudy Project – all models
HEAD PowerZone Shield Junior
HEAD PowerZone Shield
I.X. Power Pro
I.X. Talbot Speed Pro
Oakley – all models
Rudy Project – all models
S&W Eyewear – all models
Wilson Triple X Squash
Wilson Vents Cadet
Wilson Vents Squash Goggles
ASTM International, known until 2001 as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.
The ASTM-F803 specification covers eye protectors, designed for use by players of racket sports, women’s lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer that minimize or significantly reduce injury to the eye and adnexa due to impact and penetration by racket-sport rackets and balls, women’s lacrosse and field hockey sticks and balls, baseballs, soccer balls, hands, elbows, and fingers. Protective eyewear offers protection only to the eyes and does not protect other parts of the head.
I wear prescription glasses, what should I do?
If you require the use of prescription glasses, you have two options:
1. You can wear certain ASTM-F803 approved eyewear over the top of your prescription glasses, such as the i-MASK. (Warning for i-MASK users: Polycarbonate spectacle lenses should be used if spectacles are worn under protective eyewear).
2. Companies such as Hilco and Liberty Sports make prescription eyewear that meets the ASTM-F803 standard, such as the F8 and Rec Specs brands and Maxx Series. Some useful links: