Enhancing vision to improve sports performance
It’s just as important to keep your eyes in peak condition as it is your body. Vision makes a huge impact on your game, no matter what your sport might be. Your eyes are a vital part of your coordination, balance and precision.
Visual memory is a skill for team players who play a fast game such as hockey. Often, split-second decisions must be made based on what can be seen. Downhill skiers need contrast sensitivity to navigate tight turns and shadows in the snow. Basketball players require excellent peripheral vision.
Your eyecare professional can help step up your game by improving your vision skills for improved timing, increased depth perception as well as recommend products to maintain optimal vision while keeping your eyes safe.
Eye injuries and sports
About 80% of the information about our surroundings comes to us through our eyes. Excellent sports performance means athletes have to read their environment exceptionally well. There is also risk association with sports that can present a danger to the eyes and precautions should be taken. Those at highest risk can include:
- Baseball players under 15 years of age
- Basketball players between 15 and 24 years of age
- Individuals who play outdoors in direct sunlight
- Football and hockey players (concussions can affect eyesight)
- Downhill skiers, luge and bobsled participants (traumatic head injuries)
Prevention of eye sports-related injuries
Sports are the leading cause of eye injuries, especially in children. Protective eyewear and helmets are imperative in reducing the risk of injury and potential blindness. This includes:
- Protective eyewear with UV protection worn during practice and games. Regular prescription glasses are not considered protective.
- Contacts enhance peripheral vision and will not fog up while outdoors thereby presenting a stable field of vision.
- Eye exercises can increase circulation and help ease eye discomfort, improve peripheral vision and long distance focus.
Any hit to the head should be investigated by a health care professional. Any headaches and blurred vision should be examined by an eyecare professional.
For vision improvement tips and questions or concerns about the health of your eyes, make sure to book regular visits with an Optometrist.