Sports vision training helps develop skills that are important to the athlete.
Dynamic Visual Acuity
Is skill allows athletes to see clearly while in motion. Our sports vision optometrists periodically measure how well the athlete can see a moving eye chart to measure his/her dynamic visual acuity.
The ability to distinguish between objects of different contrast levels can be critical to athletic success. The outfielder’s ability to follow a baseball against a bright sky and the golfer’s ability to differentiate the green from the fairway or the rough are examples of the importance of contrast sensitivity.
Visual Reaction Time
Visual reaction time is the time it takes for a baseball player to make a decision to swing the bat after the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. This skill is also extremely important in other high-speed sports like racquetball, tennis, and hockey.
Being aware of action in the peripheral vision field while looking at action straight ahead can be a challenge. This skill is invaluable for point guards in basketball or middle infielders in baseball.
These are a few of the many sports-related visual skills that can be improved with a carefully designed and individualized program of sports vision training.
Sports vision training at the Eye Institute is individually programmed for the specific needs of each patient. A sports vision training program may take a few weeks or a few months, depending on individual goals. Once a sports vision evaluation has been performed, and specific deficient visual skills identified, sports vision training can make a profound difference in athletic performance.