Seeing "20/20" isn't the only measure of good vision although it is certainly important, but good vision involves a set of several skills, including depth perception, peripheral visual field awareness, eye-hand coordination, reaction time, and more.
All these vision skills are extremely important in sports, whether you play golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, football or racquet sports.
If you want to perform your best in sports, you may benefit from seeing an eye doctor who specializes in sports vision - even if you already have 20/20 vision. This is because a typical eye exam usually doesn't include tests of visual skills important to sports performance.
If you're nearsighted or farsighted and rely on glasses or standard contact lenses, orthokeratology is a great alternative that not only removes the need of wearing prescription eyewear, but, in some cases, your vision can be improved to even 20/15.
Vision therapy can give you the visual edge to play better and score more than your opponent. it can provide the key to performing better on the field and even day to day life. Specialized visual testing and individualized instruction for your specific sport can help you reach the highest performance. During a sports vision exam, we evaluate how well you see while you are moving around outdoors and interacting with other objects or players.
Many professional athletes work on their sports vision, but so do high school and college athletes, recreational golfers, tennis players and even billiards players. Some non-sports professionals also benefit from the same vision therapy, including law enforcement personnel and pilots.
A sports vision specialist like Dr. Roth will begin with a complete eye exam and will ask you questions about your activities. More testing will determine your sports-related needs. These tests may include the use of three-dimensional, holographic images so you can react to them as in real life, and computerized tests that measure your reaction time and eye-hand coordination.
Depending on your particular sport, actual on-field measuring of your reactions to various sports situations may be included. Many sports vision specialists will attend your games or matches to help them evaluate your vision performance. They may also study videos of your games.
You may need only one visit with Dr. Roth to set you on your way to better visual skills for sports. However, in many cases, a comprehensive sports vision therapy program is a better option to help you develop your sports vision skills so they become second nature.
For more information on sports & vision therapy, contact Dr. Roth at Family Eye Care today.