Visual Skills for Sports Performance

Anyone who has ever played a sport knows how essential eyesight is for performance.

If you are wanting to check that your vision is performing at maximum capacity in your sport, you will want to go through a Sports Visions Workup. This is a process we use to make sure your vision (and performance) is at its best!

Visual Skills Workup

Here is what you can expect to be checked during this process:

Clarity of Vision: Static visual acuity is how clearly you see and dynamic visual acuity is how clearly you can see moving objects. These two favors can be the difference between an average vs. a star athlete.

Contrast Sensitivity: This will test how sensitive your eyes are to detail and how well they can see during different weather and lighting conditions. If you play an outdoor sport, this can be very influential on your performance.

Eye movement skills: This test will check the speed and accuracy of saccades and pursuits. Saccades are the jumps that your eyes makes when looking from one object to another. Pursuits are the movements your eyes make when tracking a moving object. Both are skills that are utilized in many sports.

Accommodation/Vergence:  Efficient accommodation and vergence abilities are critical for any athlete who requires visual awareness of objects or players at different distances. Your ability to efficiently change eye focusing and eye aiming when looking between objects that are at different distances will be tested. We’ll also screen the probability of performing visual judgment errors when under extreme stress or when fatigued.

Depth Perception/Eye Teaming: For judgment of speed and distance in a sport, your depth perception needs to be evaluated at varying distances and positions of gaze.

Central/Peripheral Visual Recognition: These test will the accuracy an athlete and your quickness in sensing visual information and measure the response time to the peripheral field of view.

Eye-Hand-Body Coordination: Especially in fast moving sports, such as soccer or basketball, how your body responds to visual information through hand-eye coordination is essential.

Balance: The visual factors involved in maintaining balance will be tested using a stimulation of actual sports performance conditions.

Visual Concentration: How well you are able to filter out peripheral distractions and focus your abilities on the task at hand is crucial if you are involved in any sport with spectators.

Visualization: This is all about your mind’s eye. While you are concentrating during the game and seeing how everything is playing out, you have to be able to picture your activity. Visualization can aid in greater focus on your athletic goals and can boost confidence, which is why this is a part of actual sports training.

There are specific enhancements and training programs that can be developed if there are any problems found during your Sports Visions Workup. Schedule with your local Performance Eyecare office for more info!

Eyeglasses for the busy lifestyle

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Do you use the same pair of glasses for everything you do, or do you own a pair of specialty eyeglasses designed for specific tasks?

“One size fits all” is true in some situations, but it’s unlikely that one pair of eyeglasses is suitable in every situation, such as when you’re sitting at the computer or driving a vehicle.

The most important reasons for purchasing specialty eyewear, according to a survey by The Vision Council, include:

  • For a specific activity such as computer use, work, hobbies, sports or driving.
  • To see better in general.
  • For safety reasons to protect the eyes from harm while playing sports.
  • For cosmetic reasons.

Computer Glasses

You are at an increased risk of developing eye strain and other symptoms with the more time you spend sitting at a computer. This is the result of focusing on a very specific area for a long period of time. The computer screen can tire the eyes more quickly than reading a book or newspaper.

Computer glasses are designed for intermediate and close-up distances and will help you avoid eye strain.

Work and Hobbies

If you wear bifocals, you may realize that you have to tip your head back to use the reading zone in the bottom of the glasses. That is unless what you’re reading is in your lap.

You can purchase special work glasses that have the reading segment placed higher in the lenses. Special bifocals and trifocals for work-related tasks are called occupational lenses.

A separate pair of reading glasses might be helpful if some of your hobbies include beading, needlepoint, crafting or anything that requires intense focus at close distances.

Then there is safety glasses that can protect your eyes while working with hand and power tools.

Sports Eyewear

You can improve your visual acuity on the golf course or tennis court by changing the lens tint of sunglasses. Sport-specific eyewear can enhance performance by improving visual clarity while protecting your eyes from injury.

Driving Glasses

There are two categories when it comes to driving glasses: sunglasses designed for driving and prescription eyeglasses.

Sunglasses for driving have polarized lenses that reduce glare and make it easier to see in bright light.

Prescription eyewear for driving includes an appropriate distance prescription and lenses with an anti-reflective coating. This coating reduces glare from light off the front and back of your lenses and allows more light to enter your eyes for better vision when driving at night.

Safety Eyewear

Many people buy specialty eyewear for increased safety, such as safety glasses, sports goggles or shooting glasses.

Safety eyewear is made of ultra-durable materials and provides more coverage than regular glasses.

You can get the latest fashionable specialty eyeglasses at Performance Eyecare. Our team will work with you to discover which prescription works best and looks best so you can see safely in your everyday tasks.