Sports vision is a field that examines how athletes use vision in play and helps them to improve performance by improving visual skills. Your vision is composed of many skills, and just as exercise and practice can increase your speed and strength, it can improve your vision skills. You can select from the list below to see explanations of specific vision skills and tips to improve them. The definitions and suggestions that follow are general and should not be considered complete or thorough. They are to give you a general idea of the types of exercises that can be helpful when incorporated into a total program of sports vision care. For more specific help or information, call or e-mail our office.
Dynamic Visual Acuity
Visual Memory Visualization
Visual Reaction Time
The philosophy behind testing and improving visual skills differs from one sport to another. For example, golfers need good eye-hand-body coordination, timing, and depth perception. But they don't need to work so much on visual memory, which is useful for team athletes who must continually record where other players and objects are, in order to make their next move.
Eye-foot-body coordination is important for soccer and tennis players, while peripheral vision is crucial for basketball. Contrast sensitivity is crucial for skiers, who must see every shadow in the snow before them so they know when to turn.
Some athletes and student athletes will have visual difficulties that will need individual, professional attention and will not benefit from these exercises alone. Our evaluation can pinpoint your individual problems and needs as related to your sport. Remember, a thorough eye examination is a great place to begin.
Always wear the proper eye protection for your sport. When appropriate, use proper eye protection when you are trying these exercises. We can advise you about what is best for you.
Dynamic Visual Acuity
If you are playing a sport like racquetball, tennis, soccer or hockey, it is important that you be able to clearly see objects while you and/or the objects are moving fast. Without good dynamic visual acuity, you are going to have a difficult time in sports like these.
To improve dynamic visual acuity, cut different size letters out of a magazine and stick them on a stereo turntable and try to identify them (from about armıs length) at 33, 45 and 78 rpm. As it gets easier, use smaller letters.
When you commit an error on an easy ground bail or miss a short putt, it may be that you are distracted
by things that are happening around you. Our eyes normally react to anything that happens in our field of vision spectators, other participants and even the wind blowing leaves on an overhanging branch. Visual Concentration is the ability to screen out these distractions and stay focused on the bail or the target. To improve your concentration, practice your sport while a friend is standing nearby waving his or her arms and moving at erratic intervals. You can also practice in a darkened room with a strobe light pulsating slowly. These exercises can help your eyes to remain fixed on their target in spite of other movement around you.