Sports Vision Services

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Athletes of all ages and skill levels may benefit from sports medicine services at the Midwestern University Clinics. Increase your reaction time, learn how to prevent injuries, enhance your mental focus, and more – all in one convenient location. To learn more, visit each specialty area below.

From hand-eye coordination to reaction times to peripheral awareness, your vision is a critical component to your success as an athlete. Sports vision training helps you to make the most of your vision. With detailed assessments and evaluations, our skilled optometrists devise tailored programs to improve visual acuity and sensitivity to give you an edge wherever you compete.

Sports vision optometrists evaluate such visual skills as depth perception, eye-hand coordination, peripheral vision awareness, visual reaction time, and eye teamwork in order to detect problems that may be hindering athletic performance.

Often, vision problems can be improved with a carefully designed sports vision therapy program, whether the sport is football, baseball, golf, tennis, or auto racing.

Look for these signs or problems to determine if sports vision training can help

  • Difficulty seeing the ball or the target
  • Sensitivity to lights
  • Inconsistent play
  • Inaccurate throws, especially in high-stress situations
  • Poor peripheral vision or peripheral awareness Inability to make contact with the ball
  • Poor putting in golf
  • Difficulty distinguishing green from fairway
  • Maximize your sports-related visual skills and elevate your game, competitive advantage, and overall enjoyment.

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How Training Can Help & Getting Started

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.

Contrast Sensitivity
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.

Peripheral Awareness
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.

Getting Started

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.

If you are a coach and interested in this type of training, please call 623.537.6000 or email us azmwueyeinstitute@midwestern.edu.

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