WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN EYE EXAMINATION?
Sports Vision is a term which encompasses the assessment, correction and enhancement of vision as well as the protection of eyes during sporting activity. Proper attention to vision in sport ensures that
•Both eyes are appropriately corrected and properly balanced
•The eyes are protected against trauma and non-ionising radiation
•Contrast is maximised
•Eye disease is avoided where possible, recognised and treated
In most sports, success is achieved by accurately made decisions based on information obtained by vision. As 85-90% of an athlete’s sensory input is visual, to be competitive in any sport it is vital to achieve the best possible performance from the whole body including your eyes. However, research at the Olympic Games has consistently shown that over one fifth of athletes have visual problems. Few realise the eyes are in danger of being injured while playing sport. Eye protection is available, but few choose to wear it.