Sports vision includes much more than just seeing things clearly. Just as practice and exercises can increase your speed and strength, they can also enhance your accuracy and visual fitness. Many interconnected vision skills affect how well you play your sport. All athletes, especially those in high-risk sports, need to consider eye protection.
Dr. Civia McCaffrey is an experienced optometrist with expertise in sports vision. She can thoroughly assess your unique visual system and recommend proper eyeglasses or contact lenses or design a vision enhancement program to maximize your visual skills for your specific sport.
What Are the Basics of Sports Vision?
The primary aim of sports vision is to improve an athlete’s overall level of visual acuity while playing sports. Some of the critical factors involved in this process include:
Sports vision exercises are centered on improving eye coordination with both the hands and feet. The eyes will be trained to coordinate more accurately with the hands, feet, and various objects in play.
Sports vision works for people when it comes to tracking objects in space. There are multiple sports where tracking objects play a key role such as soccer, basketball, and baseball.
Sports involve judging particular objects in space. It can be hard to tell the distance of the objects or how fast they are moving. The eyes and brain can be trained to interpret these objects better and accordingly respond and react.
What Is Included in Sports Vision Assessment?
A visual acuity test checks how well you perceive details of a symbol or letter from a distance. Depending on the results of your eye exam, we might prescribe a prescription for glasses or contact lenses or recommend a refractive surgery like LASIK.
Eye-hand coordination enables you to react to incoming visual data with accurate body movements. Some tests can assess how fast you respond after you first see an object. Based on the results, we can prescribe specific exercises to help you develop faster reaction times and improved hand-eye coordination.
Contrast sensitivity is the ability to quickly identify objects and track their movement against different backgrounds and varying lighting levels. Various tests can be done to assess your contrast sensitivity. If you have poor contrast sensitivity, we may recommend eyeglasses or contact lenses with specific lens tints to help increase visibility.
An athlete must be able to quickly and accurately spot landmarks and follow moving objects. Several eye-tracking tests can assess and improve the ability of your eyes to follow moving objects.
Ocular alignment tests help determine how well your eyes work together and respond to visual stimuli. If any alignment problems are detected, they can be easily corrected.
At Summerlin Vision in Las Vegas, we can help you assess your eyesight with several types of sports vision tests. You can reach us at (702) 243-8788!