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.
Success 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:
- Depth Perception: the ability to accurately judge the distance of objects
- Eye Focusing: the ability to change focus quickly and clearly
- Eye-Body Coordination: the ability to coordinate body movements based on vision
- Eye Tracking: the ability to follow a moving object and move from one object to another
- Fusion: the ability to use both eyes together
- Peripheral Awareness: noticing things out of the corner of your eye
- Spatial Awareness: knowing where you are in relation to your teammates, opponents, the ball, the goal, etc.
- Vergence: the teamwork of the two eyes together
- Visualization: the ability to anticipate an object’s trajectory before
- Visual acuity: the clarity of your sight with stationary targets and moving objects
- Visual Concentration: to screen out visual distractions and stay focused on the target
- Visual Memory: to capture visual images and use them to make instant decisions during a game
- Visual Reaction Time: the speed your brain can interpret and react to your opponent’s action
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.
Contact our office to schedule an Athletic Vision Evaluation with Dr. Beth to see how we can improve your sport-specific visual skills.