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Sports Performance

Vision is an important factor in peak athletic performance. The following visual skills are required for optimal sports ability, and can be enhanced with Optometric Sports Vision Training.

Dynamic Visual Acuity

The ability to see objects clearly while you or the object is moving.

Eye Focusing

The ability to see clearly both up close and in the distance, and to shift focus quickly, accurately and efficiently from near to far.

Eye Turning

The inability of the eyes to stay coordinated.  Where one or both eyes turn in, out, up or down, often causing double vision or surpressing vision.

Eye Tracking

The ability to follow a moving object smoothly and accurately with both eyes, without unnecessary head movement.

Eye Teaming

The ability to use both eyes together, simultaneously and accurately.

Depth Perception

The ability to quickly and accurately judge the distance and speed of objects.

Visual Reaction Time

the ability to follow a moving object smoothly and accurately with both eyes, without unnecessary head movement.

Visual Concentration

the ability to stay focused on a visual task for increased awareness and fewer distractions.

Peripheral Awareness

The ability to see action over a large area without turning your head or eyes.

Central-Peripheral Integration

The ability to monitor and interpret what is happening around you while attending to a central, specific task.


The ability of the hands, feet and body to respond quickly and accurately to information gathered through the eyes.

Visual Memory

The ability to process and remember a fast moving, complex picture of people and things.

Signs that a vision problem may be interfering with your sports performance:

Eye-hand coordination seems to decrease throughout the game

You tend to drift in and out of “the zone”

Visual judgment (such as depth perception) seems to be less accurate after you get tired and have played for a while

Double vision, blurred vision, excessive blinking or watery eyes occur periodically throughout the game

You perform better in sports with larger balls or no balls

During a game, you turn your head to use one eye rather than the other

You squint a lot more often for near or far visual tasks

You find it harder to follow a moving object more than your teammates

More practice doesn't improve performance

Sports which require the ability to aim at a target are harder

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