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Sports Vision


Seeing “20/20” is only one component of how your vision affects how well you play your sport. Vision involves many interrelated skills that are needed for athletics, such as tracking, focusing, peripheral awareness and depth perception. The eyes direct the movements of the body during sports, and therefore are a crucial element of the game.

sports eyewearSuccess in sports involves making the proper movement at the proper time in the proper location. Vision provides the information to the rest of the body about when and where to make each sports-specific movement.



Athletic performance relies upon the following visual skills:


1 VISUAL CONCENTRATION: Ability to screen out distractions and stay focused on the object or the target
2 DEPTH PERCEPTION: ability to accurately judge the distance of objects
3 VISUAL MEMORY: the capture visual images and use them to make instant decisions during a game
4 EYE FOCUSING: the ability to make a target appear clear for distance and close up as well as the ability to shift focus from one distance to another efficiently
5 FUSION: the ability to use the two eyes together
6 VISUAL ACUITY: Ability to clearly see the details of an object. Static visual acuity is when the athlete and the target are both stationary. Dynamic visual acuity is when the athlete and/or object are in motion.
7 EYE TRACKING: the ability to follow a moving object and move from one object to another
8 VISUALIZATION: the ability to anticipate an object’s trajectory before it arrives
9 SPATIAL AWARENESS: knowing where you are in relation to your teammates, opponents, the ball or the goal
10 PERIPHERAL AWARENESS: noticing things out of the corner of your eye
11 EYE-BODY COORDINATION: the ability to coordinate body movements based on vision
12 VERGENCE: the teamwork of the two eyes together
13 VISUAL REACTION TIME: the speed your brain can interpret and react to your opponent’s actions


Dr. Beth Knighton, our sports vision specialist, can evaluate your visual skills in relation to your specific sport demands and develop a personalized treatment plan for you. At times, this involves specific glasses, sports goggles or contact lenses to improve visual performance. She may also recommend sports vision training to enhance your visual skills. Each sport requires unique visual skills and sports vision training is custom tailored to each athlete’s sport demands. Click here to see sport-specific skills for top performance.

Contact our office to schedule an Athletic Vision Evaluation with Dr. Beth to see how we can improve your sport-specific visual skills.