Studies show that the vision skills of high level athletes are generally better than those who do not perform at these levels. Although many athletes can read 20/20 on an eye chart other critical vision skills include:
The ability to see objects clearly while in motion.
The ability to “keep your eye on the ball”, regardless of how fast it is moving.
The ability to quickly shift focus from one distance to another.
The ability to be aware of what is going on around you while you are concentrating on an object in front of you.
The ability to “picture in your mind” how a properly executed movement will look and feel.
Dr. Leonard Savedoff
Dr Savedoff is a consultant to the Syracuse University Department of Sports Medicine. For those athletes who have difficulties with these vision skills, sports vision training can help “level the playing field”. For those with good vision skills, sports vision training enhancement can provide that “extra edge” needed to separate you from your peers.
If you, a family member or friend experience any of the following it could be a sign that you have a vision problem that could be affecting your sports performance:
A sports vision evaluation begins with a determination of the refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism) which may be reducing visual acuity. It then proceeds to the evaluation of focusing, tracking, binocular and other dynamic visual skills. Finally, eye health is completely evaluated, both externally and internally. Once this information is acquired, the patient is consulted as to the potential benefit of any sports vision training that is indicated.
If you feel that you or someone you know would benefit from improved vision skills please call our Syracuse or Manlius office to set up an evaluation.