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Vision Solutions for Athletes

How to Improve and Protect Your Eyesight During Sports

Are you having trouble catching, hitting, or tracking the action? In sports, having good vision is crucial. Learn about some of the ways you can improve your vision while performing as an athlete.

Take Eye-Boosting Supplements and Eat Colorful Foods

When tracking a ball, light is scattering off the object. As that light scatters, it creates motion blur. Motion blur can be exacerbated by blue light not being filtered well enough by our eyes. The macula, based in the center of the retina, is made up of yellow pigments that absorb and filter blue light. As we age, these macular pigments start to deteriorate and allow more blue light through.

To help improve eye filtration of blue light, we must supplement our bodies with the lost carotenoids, or yellow pigments, lutein and zeaxanthin. These are found in orange, yellow, and green foods, such as carrots, spinach, and egg yolks. Pigment supplements also advertise that they improve eye performance.

With better filtration of blue light, athletes should, in theory, be able to decrease motion blur and glare, and improve depth of field, peripheral vision, and contrast.

Contact Your Eye Doctor and Choose the Right Lens Tint

Since light is made up of a variety of colored wavelengths, each color has a different impact on aspects of your vision. Choosing a specific colored lens will therefore filter out different types of light and improve your visual acuity. Consult with Marano Eye Care in NJ about what might benefit your eyes best, but in the meantime here’s a quick guide on how different lens influence your eyesight:

Choose Sport Specific Eyewear

Each sport has its own equipment requirements. This includes eyewear. As with other pieces of equipment, eyewear should be designed to improve performance but also protect the region from potential harm. Check out our list of recommendations for some of New Jersey’s most popular sports:

Get Lasik Surgery

Why deal with prescription glasses at all when there’s an easy solution in Lasik eye surgery? Lasik has become the go-to solution for individuals of every ilk, but the benefits can be even more pronounced for athletes. British optometrist Geraint Griffiths studied how mildly blurred vision can impact the performance of tennis players and clay pigeon shooters. The results confirmed that having clear vision is just as important, if not more important, than the ability to project the trajectory of an object.

Come and talk about your options for Lasik eye care in New Jersey.

Use Anti-Fog and Anti-Scratch Lens

Having glasses that feel good on your head, protect from UV rays, and help reduce glare is great. But, it’s pointless if your vision becomes impaired because the lens become scratched or fogged up! Anti-fog and scratch resistant features for sports lenses are key.

Improve Your Eyes for All Activities with Marano Eye Care

Marano Eye Care – in Livingston, Denville, Cedar Knolls, and Newark, NJ – is dedicated to providing top quality care to each of our patients. Are you an athlete that has been suffering from poor vision? Contact us today to make an appointment near you.

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