There are several reasons an athlete should have an Athlete Vision Assessment.
DETERMINE YOUR ATHLETE VISION PROFILE
An Athlete Vision Assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of visual functioning as it pertains to athletic performance. The various aspects of visual performance are evaluated against professional athletes in your sports to reveal your relative strengths and weaknesses. At the conclusion of the Athlete Vision Assessment, the doctor will compile the results into your Athlete Vision Profile. Understanding areas for improvement allows our team to develop an action plan to maximize visual performance – which translates to improved performance in your sport.
PRESCRIBE SPORT-SPECIFIC VISION CORRECTION
The visual demands of your sport are quite different than those of daily life. Many of our athletes have sport-specific vision correction designed to maximize visual performance during competition.
For some athletes, sport-specific vision correction means contact lenses specifically for athletic competition. Whether you routinely wear glasses or contacts, having a sport-specific contact lens prescription can boost visual performance (clarity, contrast sensitivity, comfort in dry or windy conditions, etc).
Other athletes have sport-specific glasses. For many youth and young adult athletes, wearing their every day glasses for sports is about as practical as wearing sport goggles every day to work or school. Our doctor discusses sport-specific frame design that improves peripheral vision and safety as well as specific lens designs that minimize distortion and provide edge-to-edge clarity in your lenses. Sport-specific glasses are extremely important for adults with a reading component in their prescription (reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses). Progressive lenses or bifocals that may function well at work can be extremely disruptive during athletic competition (not to mention your visual demands are entirely different). Our doctor takes your sport-specific visual demands into consideration and prescribes specific lens designs to maximize visual performance during competition. For example, a golfer should wear an entirely different style of lens as compared to a pool player.
Sunglasses and tinted lenses are especially important for outdoor competition. Our doctor will discuss various tint options and prescribed the most appropriate tint for your sport. The correct tint improves clarity and contrast – improving performance – while the incorrect tint can actually make playing your sport more difficult.
PERFORM CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING
A concussion can happen at any time – athlete or not. Visual changes are extremely common in concussions, causing a number of symptoms. The testing performed during an Athlete Vision Assessment serves as a baseline for visual performance. This data can be used to assist in the diagnosis of a concussion or to quantify visual changes secondary to a known concussion. Managing the visual effects of a concussion improves your timeline for return-to-play as well as the return-to-learning for youth athletes.
DEVELOP A SPORTS VISION TRAINING PROGRAM
Your visual system can be trained to improve performance, and many competitive athletes use Sports Vision Training to gain a competitive edge. Your Sports Vision Profile is used to develop a personalized Sports Vision Training program. Our sports vision trainers will guide you through a one-on-one training program that improves the precision and speed of your visual system. Improvements in depth perception, tracking, binocular vision performance, divided visual attention and visual processing speed translate to improved sports performance.