See Your Way to Sharper Sports Performance

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Want to play better? Focus on your vision skills.

Good vision skills are necessary for a lot of sports, both competitive and non-competitive. Even at practice, it’s important to see well to get the best results from your hard work.

Don’t underrate a visual problem, even if you think it’s of little importance. Your performance can be adversely affected, and the health of your eyes can suffer. Regular vision checkups and the right visual correction are fundamental parts of training for any sport.

Sports-related vision skills

Almost all sports require good vision skills, and different sports have specific requirements.

Almost all sports require good vision skills, and different sports have specific requirements. With the help of advanced vision testing equipment, eye care professionals can prepare detailed assessments of vision skills for athletes of all ages.

  • Dynamic vision The ability to see moving objects clearly. An effective goalkeeper can see a ball coming at high speed toward him as clearly as a static ball, as though time had stopped at that moment.
  • Vision tracking The ability to track a moving object, no matter how fast it is moving. The difference between vision tracking and dynamic vision is that vision tracking enables you to follow the tracks of moving objects.
  • Vision focusing The ability to change focus quickly and accurately between objects at different distances. For example, a hurdler needs to see all 11 hurdles at different distances clearly and accurately.
  • Peripheral vision The ability to see and observe out of the corner of your eye when looking at a fixed object. In team sports like basketball or volleyball, a player must be able to see his team member passing him the ball even when holding the gaze of an opponent right in front of him.
  • Focusing regulation The ability to retain eye coordination during high-speed activities or while under high physiological pressure.
  • Depth perception The ability to judge the distance and speed of objects quickly and accurately. For example, a diver needs to judge the distance from the water surface accurately to be able to complete the diving motions correctly.

Article information courtesy of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., makers of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses. Visit for more information.

“Sport vision skills you can practice at home” All About Vision, January 2022.