Your visual ability isn't just how well you can see letters on an eye chart. There are about a dozen other ways to measure your eyes' ability, and many of them have value for athletes. These special visual abilities are known together as sports vision, and improving them can improve your sports performance, no matter what game you play. At Optique Inc. in Dallas, we measure and train sports vision patients from high school to professional, in a wide variety of sports and physical activities.
What Sports Vision Skills Can I Learn?
Clear vision is one of the most important traits an athlete can have, but that's not the only advantage your eyes can give. Many other sports vision skills can be trained, with a goal of improving game performance, such as:
- Improved depth perception can help downhill skiers to avoid obstacles on the slopes and can increase basketball players point totals
- Hand-eye coordination is crucial for many athletes, including baseball players wanting to hit the ball and tennis players looking to increase their score
- Eye tracking ability is needed for all sports that include moving objects, such as basketball, hockey, or football
What Tests Will Our Optometrists Perform?
Depending on your particular sport, our doctors of optometry can choose from a long list of sports vision tests to find where you need improvement. All exams will begin with the basic Snellen eye chart, the familiar chart with letters on the wall. We'll use this to determine your visual acuity, whether you need eyeglasses or contact lenses.
- A contrast sensitivity test will check to make sure your eyes can determine objects that are closely connected in color shades.
- Eye tracking devices can assess how well your eyes can follow moving or rotating objects.
- Ocular alignment tests can tell how well your eyes are aligned and how well they work together.
- Depth perception measurements are crucial for any athlete, especially those who use balls or other equipment in their sport
- Visual processing speed tests can tell how quickly you react after you first see an object.
What Does Sports Vision Training Include?
After our doctors of optometry have thoroughly tested your eyes, we will offer a personalized series of vision training sessions. We have methods of training every vision skill that pertains to sports, and you can begin to see results in a very short time.
Call our Dallas Office Today
Eye care for athletes includes developing the visual skills that enhance their game. If you want to move up to the next level, see our optometrists about getting sports vision therapy. Give our office a call at (214) 252-1800 and schedule an appointment today.