Sports & Vision

Do you wish you could cut a few strokes off your golf score? Does your child always seem to be just a few steps away from the football ball? Having trouble returning your tennis partner's serve? Vision, just like speed and strength, is an important component in how well you play your sport.

And there is much more to vision than just seeing clearly. Your vision is composed of many interrelated skills that can affect how well you play your sport. However, just as exercise and practice can increase your speed and strength, it can also improve your visual fitness and accuracy.

Because all sports have different visual demands, an optometrist with expertise in sports vision can assess your unique visual system and recommend the proper eyeglasses or contact lenses, or design a vision therapy program to maximize your visual skills for your specific sport. Remember, a thorough eye examination by our optometrists is a great place to begin "getting the winning edge."

Eye protection should also be a major concern to all athletes, especially in certain high-risk sports. Thousands of children and adults suffer sports-related eye injuries each year, and nearly all can be prevented by using the proper protective eyewear. Especially for sports played outdoors, appropriate sunglasses are a must, and some sport-specific designs may even help you improve your game. Ask our optometrists which type is best suited for your favourite sport.

Impact resistance lenses are ideal for those of us who wear spectacles playing sport, or who work in hazardous working environments. Impact resistant lenses were initially used for astronaut helmet visors and space shuttle windshields and are now widely available for lightweight but durable spectacle lenses. Polycarbonate lenses are up to 10 times more impact resistant that plastic or glass lenses and they also offer 100% protection for UV light.

Modern lens technology is such that we can no produce fully customised lenses which take into account not only your prescription and frame shape, but also how the frame sits on your face. We can also integrate aberration filters to ensure the best lens clarity possible. We can produce lenses in curved lenses perfect for sporting frames. This allows us to make lenses which are significantly thinner and lighter than standard lenses and also offer clear vision across more of the lens despite their curvature. In combination with the latest anti-scratch coatings, anti-reflection coatings, anti-glare coatings, contrast enhancing filters in an ultra-thin high index impact resistant material we create the ultimate in sporting lenses.

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