If you’re an athlete at any level, you know the importance of clear vision. Your ability to see clearly can be the key winning factor in your athletic performance. At Lickteig Family Eyecare, with locations in Boston, Medford, Natick, and Dedham, we specialize in offering sports vision solutions. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common sports vision questions that our optometry experts receive. If you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our optometry offices.

What Is Sports Vision?

Sports vision is an optometry discipline designed to enhance your sports performance by fine-tuning your visual acuity. Sports vision involves evaluating and taking the proper corrective steps to improve your athletic performance.

Why Is Sports Vision Paramount to Athletes?

Can you see yourself making the winning goal, kicking the winning shot, or serving an ace? Sports vision is designed to make your vision a reality. Because most sports rely heavily on depth perception and eye teaming skills, it’s critical to have optimal vision. Sports vision involves undergoing training and methods to significantly bolster your game.

What Will My Sports Vision Exam Entail?

Your eye care session will involve a range of different tests, including:

  • Visual Acuity tests will help determine how well you can see objects at different distances.
  • Eye Tracking tests track your ability to follow objects in motion.
  • Contrast Sensitivity determines how well you can discern dark and light contrasts.
  • Ocular Alignment analyzes the level of teamwork between your eyes.
  • Depth Perception determines if your ability to perceive distance.
  • Visual Processing Speed highlights how quickly your eyes transmit messages to your brain.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination documents the speed in which your hands move in relation to you seeing an object.

What Techniques Are Used to Improve My Sports Vision?

After we have completed the assessment and understand any areas for improvement, our sports eye care team will target those areas with specific therapies and treatments. In some instances, we’ll use improved corrective lens prescriptions and/or tinted lenses to help you gain valuable improvements. We also regularly use a range of different eye exercises that are designed to improve teaming, tracking, and eye focus.

Another eye care therapy we use is eye patching, which can help bolster your depth perception and normalize eye dominance. Because everyone has different needs and abilities, the actual regimen we use for you will be based on the results of your eye exam.

Contact Lickteig Family Eyecare

If you play sports, you owe it to yourself and the team to put your best foot forward. The sports vision team at Lickteig Family Eyecare specializes in helping athletes improve their game. We have locations in Boston, Medford, Natick, and Dedham. Contact Lickteig Family Eyecare today to schedule your appointment.