Learn About the Vision Skills Required to Play Sports

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:00am
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Playing sports requires a great deal of athleticism, but also requires good vision skills, such as hand-eye coordination.

If your child is playing sports, here are some vision-related things to consider.

Having solid hand-eye coordination is integral in order to play sports, and excel at them. This vision skill requires moving your hands using visual information, such as swinging a baseball bat or anytime you are required to aim.

Visual acuity is the ability to see objects clearly at different distances. This vision skill helps someone see a golf hole at a distance, and up close when putting.

Eye teaming relates to being able to see the depth and judge distances with both eyes. Eye tracking is the ability to keep one’s eyes together on a moving target or while looking from one object to another. And eye focusing is to keep an object clearly in focus while it changes distances.

This vision skill is used when watching others play in a basketball game, for example.

If any of these skills are underdeveloped in your child or lacking, they may have trouble with the skills required to play a sport. If you notice your child suddenly struggle in a sport they used to excel at, this may also be a sign they are suffering from a vision issue. Pycraft Family Eye Care is well-equipped to provide quality eye care for children of all ages. If you suspect your child may be struggling with a vision issue, bring him or her in for an eye exam in order to pinpoint the issue.