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High Definition Vision Screening

This is not a comprehensive medical eye examination and does not replace a comprehensive eye exam.  The tests that are performed are concentrated on very specific aspects of an athlete’s visual system regarding visual performance and is used to assess whether the individual is using their visual system at it’s maximum potential.  If further testing is recommended or optical correction is found to be needed a follow up eye examination will be recommended. This will be completed at the individual’s eye care provider .The High Definition Vision Screening cannot be billed to medical insurance or a vision insurance plan. 

Visual Acuity:  How well someone sees in detail.  The standard or normal visual acuity is 20/20.  Many people are able to see even better than this.  Let’s compare standard vision to someone who has better than 20/20 vision, someone who has 20/15 and even better 20/10 vision.  The smallest lettering that someone who is 20/20 can be seen at 20 feet away can be seen at 25 feet by someone who is 20/15 and at 30 feet by someone who is 20/10. The athlete with the better vision can see things farther away.  In sports, that means they see objects more clearly and before other players.  An athlete’s vision should be fine tuned to their maximum best acuity.  That may mean glasses or contacts even if they see 20/20 without.  Getting your vision corrected to your maximum gives you the most information to use on the playing field. If there is a visual weakness in acuity it is easy to fix. This will translate on the playing field with improved reaction time.  You will read and react faster.

We measure your Visual Acuity with a specialized eye chart system for high performance vision.

Contrast Visual Acuity:   The ability to see objects against a back ground.  For example a white cat in the snow.  The ability to see small details in different lighting conditions can be measured.  Someone corrected to their maximum potential will perform better in different lighting conditions and be less affected by glare from lights.

Refractive error: You measure 20/20 or better; is that your best ?  Best corrected acuity means you are seeing as at your genetic potential.  Testing your eyes refractive error is key to knowing that you are. Being out of focus a very small amount, even in one eye can make the difference in your performance.  How light entering the eye and focused on the back of the eye is measured during a vision test called refraction.  Not every eyeball is perfectly shaped. Some eyeballs are longer than average, some are shorter than average, and some are football shaped.  These physical differences are called myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.  People with these types of vision problems can have their vision corrected all the way up to their genetic potential.  Everyone’s genetic potential is different based on their eye’s anatomy. A person’s eyes can change, especially while they are still developing.  A small change in their refractive error will make a difference in performance.   You should get your eyes tested as often a necessary to ensure you are seeing your best.

Not seeing as well as you can in each eye will affect performance on the field.  Very common errors can be attributed to this fact.  For example a basketball player will miss the basket to side of the better,

We measure your refractive error with a specialized piece of technology called a Wavefront Aberrometer and use very technical digital refracting equipment.  This will be used at your screening to ensure that you are seeing your very best.

Vizual Edge Evaluation:  This testing is done at a computer with special 3 D glasses.  This program evaluates your current or baseline sports visual skills using a number of scientifically designed exercises and measurements to map your visual strengths and deficiencies.  The evaluation tools check the speed and efficiency of your eye movements, depth perception, recognition and eye tracking ability.

Pre concussion profile with the Dynavision Board and the King Devick test:  If you are involved with any sport the risk of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion is always present.  Recent research has discovered that the long terms effects of return to play too early and repeated concussion can be devastating to the quality of life and even fatal.  Often times the person feels that they are ready to return to the field when they have not fully recovered.  It is difficult to determine with 100% accuracy that the athlete has recovered even with the most careful evaluation by a doctor.  Having a preseason baseline screening can give your doctor objective information to make the decision more safely. 

We use two methods to gather cognitive visual processing data that has been shown to be affected when the brain has sustained an injury.  It has been shown that in both tests scores drop when there is an injury and continues to be affected until normal brain function is restored with rest and proper amount of time.  These simple tests can be done in the office and if concussion is suspected, repeated to determine if the values have changed.  If there is a drop in scores the proper follow up with your health care professional is required.

These High Performance Screening test are being done at Southern Focus Vision Center during special hours set up for these visits. Call the office to schedule your test today and start on your way to reach your goals.  You have to See to Play.

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