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What is Myopia Management for Nearsighted Children

Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach
Dr. Eric Ikeda
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What is Myopia Management for Nearsighted Children

Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach
Dr. Eric Ikeda
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Visual Processing Is How Sport Is Played

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, an ocular condition that affects distance vision. It is rapidly becoming more pervasive worldwide. If left untreated in childhood, it can lead to deteriorated eyesight and the development of more serious ocular disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment. Early intervention is essential to slow its progression and prevent these more severe complications. Fortunately, there are many interventions to improve vision and stop myopia progression. With appropriate measures, children can achieve a higher quality of life with improved distance vision.

The following article is intended as a general overview of the symptoms and treatments of this disorder, and not as a diagnostic tool. Contact an optometrist if you suspect that you or your child may have myopia or if you want to follow-up on a previously diagnosed case of myopia.

Enhancing Athletic Performance through Vision Training

Great Athletes require better than 20/20 vision, in fact over 70% of Major League Baseball players have better than 20/15 vision. While every athlete can improve their vision, it is especially important if you notice any of the following signs in your sports performance. 

  • Inconsistent performance
  • Successful performance only when body is stationary, but not when in motion
  • Successful performance only in specific aspects of the sport
  • Decrease in performance as pressure increases
  • Discomfort during or after performance which is not related to the muscles being used

If you have noticed any of the above phenomena, there could be an underlying challenge related to a visual skill which could successfully be strengthened with the aid of a sports vision optometrist.

Which visual skills are essential for an athlete’s success?

  • Depth perception
  • Eye - hand coordination
  • Eye tracking
  • Eye focus at various distances
  • Reaction time
  • Peripheral vision
  • Visualization 
  • Visual processing
  • Visual memory

In addition, it’s important to mention that achieving effective visual skills can help with the self-confidence of athletes of all ages and stages.

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Visual Training's Impact on Sports from Baseball to Archery

Professional and amateur athletes have been using sports vision training to improve core visual skills. For example the University of Cincinnati Baseball team showed improvements of 10% or more across all tracked batting parameters after sports vision training. 

Some examples include:

  • Baseball: batters are required to hit pitches thrown at speeds as fast as 100mph, leaving them less time than it takes to blink to decide whether and how to swing
  • Tennis: the entire aim is to keep track of a small, fast-moving ball, so you can hit it back onto your opponent’s side of the field, making eye tracking a vital skill
  • Hockey or cycling: the athlete must clearly see and track moving objects, such as a puck and other athletes, while they are also in motion
  • Basketball: the athlete must know where teammates and opponents are positioned, and use that information to move up the court at speed while avoiding the opponents
  • Archery: heightened visual concentration allows a professional to tune out everything except the target so they can make the perfect shot

The examples are endless, as all sports and physical activity are completely tied to the athlete’s visual abilities.In sports, nearly 80% of perceptual input is visual.

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