Vision is considerably more than just seeing well; it covers a wide range of abilities. Athletes may enhance their visual fitness and accuracy in the same way that they can improve their stamina, strength, and speed via practice and exercise.
Athletes, on average, exceed the overall population in terms of variance measures, according to normative research. This indicates they have a high-functioning capacity to swiftly pick material in their visual area to interact with, and as a result, they can reduce eye jitter around that content during both eye movements and fixed gaze activities. Through accurately training the eyes with various exercises, athletes have the FITLIGHT® at their disposal to gain immediate results while periodically tracking their progress.
But what type of visual skills can be improved? The following are essential visual skills that can impact how good you play your favourite sport:
Dynamic Visual Acuity
The capacity to distinguish the forms and details of what you see is referred to as visual acuity. Dynamic visual acuity is the ability to see clearly while moving.
The capacity of one's eyes to "track" and "follow" the movement of objects from left to right is referred to as eye tracking, also known as visual tracking. Learning patterns and social interaction abilities, as well as the cognitive processes that underpin a wide spectrum of human behavior, may be revealed through eye tracking. Smooth and consistent eye movements should be able to be performed rapidly.
Our eyes have an automated focusing system that adjusts the lens within them to allow us to see well at any distance. Our eyes swiftly shift focus as we gaze far away, up close, and back to allow us to see objects well at all distances. A visual issue known as accommodative dysfunction occurs when our eyes are unable to concentrate as readily or rapidly as they should.
Peripheral (Side) Awareness
Peripheral vision, also known as indirect vision, is the side vision of the eye that allows a person to perceive objects in their surroundings without turning their head or moving their eyes. Peripheral vision allows you to view things and places that your primary vision does not allow you to see. Although peripheral vision is less acute than central vision, it is more sensitive to light and motion, allowing us to detect side activities even when we are not looking in that direction.
The capacity to see objects in three dimensions: length, breadth, and depth, as well as compute their distance, is known as depth perception. Depth perception allows your eyes to judge distances between objects and decide whether something is close or far away. It's critical to be able to rapidly and properly assess the distance between yourself, the ball, and your opponents, teammates, boundary lines, and other things.
Fusion and Flexibility Stamina
In high-speed, physically demanding conditions, the capacity to maintain both eyes operating concurrently.
Visual processing is the capacity to detect, evaluate, synthesize, and think with visual patterns, as well as the ability to store and remember visual representations through visual imagery and memory. The brain's ability to appropriately interpret visual data and instruct the body what to do to perform the athletic activity quickly and efficiently.
This is a crucial visual function test that is required in low-light or glare circumstances when the contrast between objects and their surroundings is diminished. The difference in hue and brightness between the object and other things in your range of view determines contrast.
Eye-hand and Body Coordination
The use of the eyes to drive muscles towards a task, such as eating or combing our hair, is known as hand-eye coordination. To move our hands, the visual system organizes input and delivers signals to muscles. For hand-eye coordination and motions, we need visual acuity. When responding to visual information, such as getting the ball, make proper use of your hands, feet, and body.
Improving eye-sight is difficult when considering the above-mentioned characteristics that indicate a 20/20 vision score; nevertheless, with neuro-technology at the forefront, every coach and/or athlete may become their own eye performance coach. In the FITLIGHT® user-friendly app, you may not only access a range of vision training exercises to develop the abilities stated above, but you can also track and measure your statistics over time to improve your performance.