Sports Vision is a sub-specialty of the eye care profession that has a two-fold purpose. One is to provide adequate eye protection; the other is to enhance the athlete's performance.
Unfortunately, there is far too little attention given to this important subject. The statistics are alarming: more than 600,000 sports and recreation related eye injuries occur each year - with approximately 13,500 resulting in permanent vision loss! Sadly, over 90% of these injuries could have been prevented by simply utilizing adequate protective eyewear. Ironically, many athletes will don protective gear such as a helmet, shin guards, etc., yet leave the most delicate part of their body, their eyes, unprotected. It is important to use quality protective eyewear that provides adequate eye coverage and is impact resistant with shatter resistant lenses.
Sports vision performance enhancement has two aspects: vision enhancing lenses and visual skills development that are specific to a particular sport. Specialized spectacle lenses and contact lenses exist to not only enable the athlete to see clearly (visual acuity), but to also enhance the athlete's vision by satisfying the unique visual demands of their particular sport. Specialty sports lenses have been developed for all major sports including: golf, racket sports, water sports, snow sports, football, baseball, mountaineering, shooting and hunting.
Sports Vision Training or Visual Skills Development is a multi-faceted service performed by an eye care professional trained in that specialty. The training is tailored to the athlete for a particular sport. Sports Vision Training addresses the nine visual skills important in sports. These skills are: Dynamic Visual Acuity, Visual Concentration, Eye Tracking, Coordination, Visual Memory, Visualization, Peripheral Vision, Visual Reaction Time and Depth Perception. It has been proven that developing these skills will enhance or improve an athlete's performance in their sport. As you can see, Sports Vision plays a vital role in protection and performance for all athletes of all ages. Excellence in Eye Care uses one of the most advanced instruments in Sports Vision Training: The Sanet Vision Integrator. Make an appointment today to improve your game!