Sports Vision Enhancement, or SVE, is a series of techniques used to train an individual’s eyes to work together in a smooth, fluid motion and to direct body movements with precision. A measure of sports performance is the improvement one makes as the activity is repeated over a period of time. This is where more efficient vision may help an athlete improve performance. Professional athletes like baseball player Mark McGuire, LPGA golfer’s and professional NBA basketball players use sports vision enhancement to peek their performance.
It doesn’t matter if you are wanting to be a starter on a team, achieve a college scholarship, making the minor or major leagues, Sports Vision Enhancement will provide the edge or help correct a sudden sports vision problem.
Some of the visual skills addressed in individualized sports vision programs include:
• Visual Acuity. A players clarity of eyesight can be affected by nearsightedness or astigmatism, both of which may be corrected through the use of contact lenses, sports goggles or even laser refractive surgery such as that received by Troy Aikman and Wade Boggs. The importance of seeing clearly is obvious for all sports, but the importance of seeing clearly when an object or player is in motion, is crucial. It is for precisely this reason that we train our athletes in the more fast-paced sports to pick up visual cues and use these to their advantage.
• Peripheral Vision. The ability “to see out of the corner of the eye,” is an important skill in many athletic endeavors. Good side vision enables one to keep track of teammates, opponents and the boundaries of the playing area while concentrating on the ball or puck.
• Depth Perception. Most athletes rely on depth perception to quickly and accurately judge distance and speed of the objects and persons encountered on the field of play. This skill is used when passing a football, basketball or hockey puck.
• Visual Tracking. This is the ability to use the eyes to follow a moving object smoothly and easily. Both depth perception and visual pursuit depend upon the eyes working together as a team.
• Visual Reaction Time. This is the time necessary to see and react to visual information.
• Visualization. Visualization is the ability to picture something in the mind while the eyes are seeing and concentrating on something else, usually the ball. Body movements tend to “tune into” that on which one is concentrating. Thus picturing where you want the ball to go can be helpful in increasing the likelihood that it will go where you wish. It is important to recognize that everyone can improve their game if they systematically visualize their goal in their minds while using their eyes to concentrate on the ball.
• Eye Hand Coordination. This is the ability to efficiently coordinate your eyes and hands.
A successful tailored Sports Vision Enhancement program can produce rapid and remarkable results depending on one’s needs, time and dedication. Although most training occurs in the office under the direct supervision of the doctor, on site visits can be made at the individual’s playing field. It has been found that this combination of artificial and “real world” training provides the maximum benefit in the shortest time.