For most of us, our eyesight is our most important sense. Visual input is a huge part of what enables us to connect with the environment around us and to react and respond to it in an appropriate way. However, there are some occasions when we are even more reliant on our sight than usual. One of these times is when we are participating in a sporting activity.
Studies have shown that as much as 80% of our perceptual input when playing sport is visual. We need to clearly see what is happening around us in order to be able to react to it. This could be anticipating needing to jump, duck, catch or release a ball, aim and more. In many instances, the sport involves people or objects traveling at speed and it is necessary to be able to visualize what is happening with complete clarity to participate both successfully and safely. Optimal vision is also needed if you are to continue to compete at the very top of your game.
While a regular eye test is recommended to check the health of your eyes and the clarity of your vision, sports vision testing takes eye evaluations one step further and is strongly recommended for patients who are serious about their sporting activities.
In order to be able to see clearly during sport, you need to have an exemplary dynamic vision. Dynamic vision, also sometimes referred to as dynamic visual acuity, defines the ability of the eye to visually discern fine detail in a moving object. Beyond that, it also refers to your ability to see the environment around you when it is you that is moving at speed. This is because hand-eye coordination and reflex reactions are often more important for a sportsperson than it is someone who doesn’t play sport seriously.
Sports vision testing is designed specifically to assess your dynamic visual acuity to determine if and how it can be improved. Some of the things that you can expect to be evaluated as part of your sports vision testing include:
Binocular vision skills
Choice reaction time
Dynamic visual focus
Enhanced depth perception
Simple reaction time
Smooth visual pursuit
These results of these sports vision tests can be used to evaluate how well you can currently see, and whether you would benefit from prescription lenses (which can often be made from toughened lens materials and placed into sports frames or protective eyewear). They can also be used to train your eyes so that your visual function is naturally improved, such as through the use of corrective eye exercises. This can help you to achieve the optimal vision that will boost your overall sporting performance.
If you have further questions about sports vision testing, or if you think you would benefit from sports vision testing and you would like to make an appointment, please get in touch with StylEyes in West Des Moines, IA today by calling (515) 225-6447.