If you're an athlete, your vision is arguably the most important of your five senses. Here at Optique in Dallas, TX, we offer sports vision training to help you optimize your vision for your sport. Here's what you need to know about sports vision.
What Is Sports Vision?
Optometry professionals use sports vision to enhance an athlete’s hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and eye-tracking ability with many visual exercises and training. These visual skills are critical for most sports, such as basketball, skiing, baseball, tennis, swimming, hockey, football, lacrosse, and more. For sports vision training to be accurate and effective, your optometrist must first perform a variety of tests to establish your baseline visual skills. Then, your eye doctor will recommend a series of visual exercises to improve your weakest areas.
What Can I Expect During My Sports Vision Exam?
During your sports vision exam at Optique, your optometrist in Dallas will conduct a variety of tests to check your visual skills, including:
- Visual Acuity- This test determines how well you see objects at various distances.
- Contrast Sensitivity- Examines your visual ability to tell apart light and dark contrasts.
- Eye-Tracking- Eye-tracking test your eye’s ability to follow objects in motion.
- Ocular Alignment- This test how well your eyes work with one another.
- Depth Perception- Determines if you can perceive the distance of an object from your visual field.
- Visual Processing Speed- Visual processing speed test how long it takes to react after first seeing an object, or how quickly your eyes send messages to your brain.
- Hand-Eye Coordination- This exam determines how precisely you can move your hands in relation to an object you see.
What Are Sports Vision Training Sessions Like?
After assessing your visual acuity and skills, your optometrist will create a customized treatment plan to improve areas where you lack. For example, if your lack hand-eye coordination, your optometrist may suggest simple games or tasks to complete every day, such as throwing a ball back and forth between your hands. If your contrast sensitivity is weak, your eye doctor may ask you to spend time differentiating between various colors or shades of grey each day, or may prescribe adaptive optometry devices.
Start Your Sports Vision Training Today
Athletes in every sport must have excellent visual skills, beyond simply being able to see clearly. At Optique in Dallas, we can help you optimize your visual skills for athletic performance with simple exercises and regular eye care. Contact us today for your sports vision exam appointment by calling 214-252-1800.