Sports Vision


There's more to "keeping your eye on the ball" than you might think.

Whether you're the next million-dollar draft pick or a weekend duffer, vision plays a pivotal role in your performance. Most people think that "20/20" vision means your vision is perfect. But undetected visual skills problems can affect coordination, concentration, balance, accuracy, and can seriously undermine not just your game, but simple everyday activities.

How can you tell if you or someone you know has undetected vision problems?

  • Athletic performance that falls below physical potential despite practice and proper coaching
  • Consistently under performing a certain skill (swinging a bat too early, trouble shooting from the free throw line, etc.)
  • Trouble gauging distances, speeds, or maintaining balance during physical activity


So, what should you do if you or someone you know is having these problems?

Come in for a Comprehensive Sports Evaluation to identify visual skill weaknesses that directly reduce your athletic abilities!
Athletic performances that fail or fall short are usually due to the movement being performed at the incorrect time or place. These judgments are learned skills, and can be improved upon. Training your eyes to effectively gather the proper information can transform your performance from one of luck and chance to consistent, accurate play.

A program of Optometric Sports Vision Enhancement Training significantly improves:

  • visual reaction time
  • speed of localization
  • eye-hand coordination
  • visual stamina
  • peripheral awareness
  • visualization
  • depth perception
  • vision balance integration

...all factors that are crucial for both the amateur and professional athlete!

Our Office Provides These Services:

  • Comprehensive sports vision evaluation
  • Sports vision enhancement training to allow for optimal sports performance
  • Specialized contact lenses to improve clarity, performance, and peripheral vision
  • Sport goggles and protective eyewear to improve clarity and safety
  • The innovative Maxsight Sport-Tinted Contact Lenses by Bausch & Lomb (www.kikevision.com)


Symptoms Of Athletes With Possible Visual Problems

Sports in General

  • Having inconsistent performance from game to game
  • Not performing well under pressure
  • Performing better when still than when moving or out of balance
  • Performance not appreciably improving after extensive practice
  • Noticing that the timing seems off
  • Having good natural ability but not performing up to potential
  • The ball not always being seen clearly
  • Having difficulty knowing where the ball or other players are at all times
  • Having difficulty judging rotation or spin on ball
  • Over or under-estimating the distance of ball, players, or boundaries
  • Having difficulty making a specific shot or play
  • Having difficulty remembering plays
  • Making similar mistakes over and over again


Baseball

  • A power hitter who cannot pull the ball
  • Being a good fielder but poor hitter or vice-versa
  • Difficulty hitting certain pitches
  • Striking out a lot, especially with third called strike
  • A pitcher with control problems
  • Performing better during the day rather than night
  • Only being able to field moving to one direction


Basketball

  • Poor ball handling
  • Being poor on the fast break, and/or committing many turnovers
  • Inconsistency or difficulty with free-throws
  • Only capable of shooting when both feet are on the ground
  • Only capable of shooting from certain side or distance on the court
  • Having poor awareness of the positioning of other players


Football

  • A quarterback who has difficulty finding their secondary receivers
  • A  quarterback who has difficulty picking up subtle changes in defensive alignments
  • Running backs who have "bad hands"
  • The end who has trouble catching the ball in a crowd or when they are in the air
  • Players who have issues learning plays from the chalkboard or understanding formations
  • A defensive player who is never where the ball is

Normal visual findings are not enough for superior athletic performance.

We evaluate, train and enhance all of the visual abilities crucial to athletic performance. The philosophy behind testing and improving visual skills differs from one sport to another. For instance, peripheral awareness is crucial for a basketball player or soccer player to monitor teammates, opponents and the fast moving ball. Timing, depth perception and accurate hand-eye coordination are necessary for a winning tennis match.


Visual Tracking: The ability to track a moving object smoothly and accurately at any speed - "keeping your eyes on the ball."

Visual Reaction Time: The time necessary for your eyes to see and react to visual information - blocking a shot on goal before it scores

Eye-Hand Coordination: The ability to efficiently coordinate the eyes and hands - catching a ball

Eye-Foot Coordination: The ability to efficiently coordinate your eyes and feet - helps to anticipate the position of a low rolling ball.

Contrast Sensitivity: The ability to notice differences of the brightness or darkness - crucial for skiers, who must see every shadow in the snow.

Peripheral Awareness: The ability to notice and understand things without looking directly at them - watching the wide receivers for an opening while simultaneously being aware of what the other team trying to do

Depth Perception: The ability to quickly and accurately evaluate the distance between yourself and something else, such as the ball, teammates, opponents, boundary line, or other critical targets.

Eye + Body Balance + Coordination: The ability to keep your eye on the ball with varying body position and balance demands.

Services provided:

  • Comprehensive sports vision evaluation
  • Sports vision enhancement training to allow for optimal sports performance
  • Specialized contact lenses to improve clarity, performance and peripheral vision
  • Sport and protective eyewear to improve clarity and safety

Call us at (818) 344-3937 or click the link below to schedule an appointment today!

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