Sport Vision

Sport Vision: improving sport performances by adopting the right vision correction

When it comes to sport our vision is fundamental. It would basically be impossible to improve our sport performance without a clear vision, that is the ability to see things around us in a crystal-clear way. Perhaps, it may happen that one takes the relation between good eyesight and good sport performance for granted but it also holds true that many times we tend to realize to have a vision problem only when we experience some difficulty in watching clearly characters and contours of images on a TV program from a normal distance or when reading a newspaper or a book.

The point is though that the vision disorders we experience in the aforementioned cases are the same that make our sport performance poor or at least less succesful than what we might achieve otherwise. In US for instance, it is not uncommon to see children that perform brilliantly in T-ball, that is a simplified version of baseball for children aged 4 - 8, but perform badly when it comes to baseball due to the reduced size of the ball that make for them harder to see an hit it. Once they realize to have some vision disorders and have them corrected, their baseball perfomance gets a boost.


Children playing baseball


Therefore, it is hugely important that we take care of our vision so that it is always at its maximum level when doing sport and enable us to perform at our best.

Vision capabilities


Specifically, to optimize our sport perfomance we need to take care of our vision capabilities. They are static and dynamic visual acuity (the spatial resolution limit of the visual system and the ability to detect a moving target), perception of depth, eye accomodation (the mechanism through which the eye is able to focus on objects placed at different distances), vergences and ocular movements, sensitivity to light contrast, peripheral vision, hand eye coordination and body eye coordination. These are all vision capabilities which turn out to be of utmost importance when it comes to practising sport and that is why the right vision correction will make the difference and enable us to get the most out of our sport performance.

It holds true that each sport requires different types of vision corrections for those affected by eyesight problems but the most valuable and used solution seems to be contact lenses. On the other hand, there are sports for which the best vision correction is represented by glasses because not only do they constitute a mechanical protection to the eyes, for instance against pollution when cycling, but also against radiations thanks to the possibility of embedding filters in them which augment light contrast.

The kicking off point to improve our sport performance is realize to have a vision problem. To this end, the list of signs below gives us more than "meets the eyes".

Some of the signs that point us out we are experiencing some vision problems


  • Visual judgment is less accurate after having played for a while and getting tired
  • Tendency to drift in and out of a specific zone
  • Tendency to blink, to have double or blurred vision and to have watery eyes when playing
  • It is harder to follow movements of an object than teammates do
  • You turn yor head to use more one eye instead of the other one
  • Constant sport practice does not seem to engender any improvement in terms of sport performance
  • Performance is better in sports with larger balls


Using contact lenses in sport: ups and downs


It is undeniable that contact lenses constitute a great advantage when doing sport for people suffering from vision problems but this depends on the context or environment in which a particular discipline is practised. For instance, it may not be advisable wearing contact lenses when doing sport such as mountain biking since people may find themselves cycling on dusty paths so that they can run the risk of some corpuscles creeping up between a lens and the cornea. A situation such as that just described would end up creating some discomforts, pains and there could be the risk of scratching the cornea itself. However, the flip side is that soft contact lenses are the best solution as a vision correction tool in most of the sports out there and they basically erase all of the vision problems that cannot be overcome by the use of glasses such as aberrations, visual field restriction, optical distortions, physical stability difficulties, mist, etc. In addition, soft contact lenses do not displace and avoid incident risks due to an abrupt contact that instead might cause glasses breaks especially when practising team sports such as football, basket, volleyball and so on. Furthermore, contact lenses can be worn when using masks, helmets or whatever equipment required to practise martial arts like judo, karate or taekwondo, etc. Not to mention the peace of mind contact lenses give you if you think that you will no longer run the risk of having your glasses broken by an inadvertent hit or of losing them after nonchalantly lay them beside the sink in the locker room bathroom when you were freshing up your face.


Children playing football



Contact lenses for chidren to do sport


It is worthwhile remembering that there is no minimum age to wear contact lenses and many boys and girls start using them in their spring days (12 - 14 yeras) in order to improve their sport performance but there is an increasing number of children making use of them too. The main hurdles to get overcome when it comes to children using contact lenses are the level of maturity and willingness of a child to use them and to follow all the rules necessary to maintain them correctly since they certainly require more efforts than glasses to be kept clean and higienically. Although it is recommended making use of an optician advise when it comes to children using contact lenses for doing sport, the best persons to judge their suitability to use them are always their parents.


Remember, if you have vision problems and you do sport, there may be a chance that you are not performing at your best simply because you are not making use of the best vision correction solution. Figuring out which the best vision correction solution is may improve your sport performance and help you reach those objectives that you had prefixed.

Do not "lose sight" of your sport success!



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