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A Sports Vision Optometrist is paid to help amateurs and Professional Athletes alike improve their athletic performance by improving their eyesight. After all, the recipe for making a Professional Athlete doesn’t just consist of skill combined with strength, endurance, speed, agility, flexibility, and sportsmanship. That sounds formidable enough, but it would still be missing a key ingredient.
That’s because the best recipes of Chefs always have a secret ingredient. And when it comes to sports, that ingredient is vision.
Think about it: Hitting a golf ball or a baseball requires excellent eye-hand-body coordination. Keeping an eye on your opponents when you’re playing soccer, football, or basketball requires tremendous peripheral vision. And making a successful volley in tennis or volleyball requires flawless depth perception for quickly judging the distance between yourself, the ball, and your opponent.
As a Sports Vision Optometrist, you understand the correlation between how well you see and how well you play. Like a Personal Trainer, you therefore help your patients enhance their visual fitness by assessing — and then exercising — their eyesight. As with other types of Optometrists, your work as a Sports Vision Optometrist typically starts with an eye exam and ends with a prescription for glasses or contact lenses (and maybe even sport-specific protective eyewear). In addition, it often involves vision therapy techniques borrowed from Behavioral Optometrists, who believe that eyes can be “trained” to work better just like muscles can.