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Sports Vision Specialist

Advanced Vision & Achievement Center

Optometrists located in Phoenix, AZ

If you’re looking for ways to improve your game, you should consider sports vision testing at Advanced Vision & Achievement Center. At their practice in Phoenix, highly skilled optometrists Neha Amin, OD, FAAO, and Mary Hardy, OD, provide vision testing that goes beyond standard eye tests to help athletes enhance their visual function and improve their training. To learn more about sports vision testing, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Sports Vision Q & A

What is sports vision testing?

While a standard eye exam is an essential part of preserving your eye health, sports vision testing takes eyesight evaluation a step further. This specialized eye assessment evaluates critical functions such as hand-eye coordination, depth perception, and eye tracking.

Through sports vision testing, Dr. Amin and Dr. Hardy can help you improve your overall performance.

What can I expect during sports vision testing?

Advanced Vision & Achievement Center offers a variety of vision tests designed to evaluate an athlete’s performance and capabilities. Some of the tests are:

Snellen Eye Chart

This basic eye test is essential for identifying an athlete’s visual sharpness. There are 11 lines of letters on a Snellen chart. During this test, you read the lettering line by line from 20 feet away until you can no longer recognize the letters. In most cases, the 20/20 vision line — the standard for normal vision — is the fourth row from the bottom.

If you can read the smallest line on the Snellen eye chart, you have 20/15 vision. When you have 20/15 vision, you can see the same objects at 20 feet that someone with normal vision can only see at 15 feet away.

Contrast Sensitivity Testing

During a contrast sensitivity test, you try to identify parallel gray stripes or other objects against backgrounds of various colors. The backgrounds gradually begin to match the shades of the stripes. Low contrast sensitivity, especially in low-light conditions, will make it more difficult to track objects.

Ocular Alignment Tests

Ocular alignment tests, such as the Hirschberg test, check to see how your eyes work together. Your doctor uses eye dominance tests to detect alignment problems. By measuring the way your eyes focus and lose focus on an object, they can determine which eye is dominant. They can also identify if you’re suffering from binocularity. This condition occurs when one of your eyes loses focus too quickly and causes your eyes to struggle to manage depth perception and visual coordination.

What treatments might follow sports vision testing?

If, after examining you, Dr. Amin or Dr. Hardy believe treatment can help your vision, they might recommend you get:

  • LASIK surgery to eliminate your need for glasses or contacts
  • Eyeglasses with special lenses to increase contrast and depth perception
  • Specialized exercises to improve eye muscle strength and performance

Don’t rely on the gym alone to enhance your athletic performance. Call Advanced Vision & Achievement Center or schedule an appointment online today.