Types Of Sports Vision Tests

Sports vision tests vary greatly, depending on the athlete’s individual needs.  This month we’ll explore a few of these.

Contrast Sensitivity Tests.

Different tests assess contrast sensitivity. One common approach involves having you identify the orientation of parallel gray stripes against backgrounds that gradually begin to match the shade of the stripes.

If you have poor contrast sensitivity (trouble seeing high contrast objects against a similar background, especially in low-light conditions), various solutions can be considered, such as the possibility of fitting you with eyeglasses with specific lens tints to help increase visibility. However, not all sports vision experts agree that tints are helpful for everyone.

If you wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, you need to make extra sure that you keep them clean. Dirty lenses can significantly reduce your contrast sensitivity.

Assessments of Visual Processing Speed and Hand-Eye Coordination. Excellent sports performance depends largely on your ability to see and react quickly to objects such as baseballs thrown at high speed or race cars on a track.

Some tests can assess how fast you react after you first see an object. This visual input stimulates your brain to direct an appropriate physical response, such as taking a swing at a pitched baseball.

Other tests will measure how fast you react when you see a dropped object. Your reaction time is measured based on how far the object descends before you are able to respond and catch it.

These types of tests also can be used for training, to help you develop faster reaction times and hand-eye coordination.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

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