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Q: What is sports vision?

Posted September 17, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Sports vision is a specialized form of vision therapy. It has been shown that professional athletes tend to have better visual skills than the average person. Those skills include their acuity, tracking ability, depth perception and focusing ability. Sometimes athletes can have issues with their vision that impact their performance. Other times, they may just want to enhance their visual performance to gain any competitive advantage possible. Some athletes have even gone through regular vision therapy. NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is one example. He went through vision therapy growing up and is now one of the top level athletes at his position. Oftentimes patients (or parents) will note that there are issues with hitting, catching or other hand-eye coordination issues. We can do a vision assessment to see what possible vision issues there are, and then design a program of vision therapy to correct or enhance any areas of concern. Sports vision differs slightly in that the therapy activities are altered to simulate situations encountered in a specific sport or activity. There is no age limit to who can possibly benefit from sports vision therapy. From t-ball or pee-wee football, softball to volleyball or golfing and shooting, there are ways to help any athlete or person at any level improve their visual skills to try and improve their overall performance. Give us a call today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.

Information provided by Dr. Erik Romsdahl, Child and Family Vision Center, 2525 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 109, Ankeny, 964-7541.

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