Sports & Performance Vision in the News

Covering the bases: How to start a sports-vision practice
October 8, 2018,
Doctors of optometry who manage sports-vision practices are often asked this one question: Where do you start? All-star doctors share their advice.

Better eye-hand coordination, better batters
September 25, 2018,
"This is the first time we were able to correlate visual performance on a hand-eye, visual reaction time test with on-field performance," Dr. Kirschen says. "This allows us to test players and tell the coach or team if any given player is performing in the top 80 percent of other players on their team, or if they fall in the bottom 20 percent and, therefore, may need some additional training to improve their performance."

'Contact lenses and water don't mix': Woman's warning after swimming in contacts
September 21, 2018,
The next time you're tempted to go swimming or take a shower while wearing contact lenses, Stacey Peoples wants you to remember her ordeal. The veteran educator in suburban Denver, Colorado, went blind in one eye and suffered pain so excruciating that she considered killing herself after she was exposed to a parasite while swimming in her contacts.

Doctors of optometry are members of post-concussion team
September 18, 2018,
After week one of the 2018 National Football League season, more than a dozen players were listed on the league's injury tallies for concussions. But concussions aren't only the purview of extraordinarily gifted, highly paid athletes.Every day in the U.S., Americans sustain concussions from falls, traffic accidents and assaults that send thousands to emergency rooms.

Athlete endorsement boosts Think About Your Eyes campaign's connection to essential family health
AOA News, July 19, 2018
Laila Ali was 11 years old before a teacher noticed her squinting to read the board. Then there were the headaches, trouble focusing on tasks and low self-esteem. Her mother didn't see the signs right away.

RightEye President Speaks At Optometry's Meeting About Company's Products.
Healio,  June 27, 2018
RightEye President Barbara Barclay spoke at Optometry's Meeting about the company's products, including the EyeQ Trainer, which "allows optometrists to run the Brain Health EyeQ, which assesses functional vision; Sports Vision EyeQ, which can be used with athletes and children; and Reading EyeQ, which offers reading assessment and recommends an exercise patients can do at home to improve the specific binocular vision issue identified." The article features an embedded video of Barclay talking at the conference.

Nonconcussed Footballers May Still Sustain Brain Injury: High-acceleration impacts elevate TBI markers, but so does a season without concussion, June 2, 2018
"[A]thletes who played throughout the entire football season without concussion had increased biomarkers of neuronal and axonal head injury. The significance of these elevated levels is unknown."

Bryce Harper's glasses make him the newest member of baseball's fashionable history of specs, May 21, 2018
"After having issues with his contacts, Harper wore his clear plastic frames on the field and will now and forever be a member of the brotherhood of bespectacled ballplayers."

Reed: Contact lenses helped me win Masters May, 02, 2018
"Patrick Reed says a much-needed visit to the eye doctor and his first pair of corrective lenses may have been the secret to his breakthrough Masters victory last month. The doctor's visit led to Reed getting a new pair of contact lenses the Monday of Houston Open week, and less than two weeks later he was wearing the Green Jacket."

Pediatric Sports- and Recreation-Related Eye Injuries Treated in US Emergency Departments
American Academy of Pediatrics
(January 2018)
"Pediatric sports- and recreation-related eye injuries remain common. Increased prevention efforts are needed, especially for eye injuries associated with nonpowder guns. Increased child, parent, and coach education, as well as adoption of rules that mandate the use of eye protective equipment should be undertaken"
-Jennifer Stewart, OD (SPVC Committee Member)

The Vision to Win: OD starts sports vision business as an adjunct to primary care practice
Women in Optometry (January 2018)
"It's amazing how many kids we found who have never had an eye exam. They have 20/40 or 20/50 vision and are trying to play at this high level of competition."-Jennifer Stewart

Study tackles ticklish issue of tallying young athletes with concussions
From October 25, 2017 of AOA News
"In a research letter, titled "Prevalence of Concussion Among US Adolescents and Correlated Factors," researchers at the University of Michigan say they have found that 19.5 percent of students in grades 8, 10 and 12 self-reported sustaining at least one concussion."

How to add a subspecialty to your practice
Excerpted from page 22 of the September 2017 edition of AOA Focus.
"The Brock String and Marsden Ball, while basic and low-tech tools, can be incredibly effective in sports-vision training," Dr. Edmunds [AOA Sports and Performance Vision Committee past chair] says. "Developing a sports-vision niche is an iterative process, so don't think you have to have all the answers to start. You're going to get better the more you practice and your patients' outcomes will improve as you tweak and tailor your training protocols to meet specific needs."

Team effort: Optometry's role in treating sports-related concussions
And with National Concussion Awareness Day on Sept. 15, the AOA Sports & Performance Vision Committee offers resources doctors of optometry can share with athletes, coaches, trainers, parents and medical professionals on the role vision plays in sports-related concussions, says Keith Smithson, O.D., the committee's chair.

Doctors of Optometry Provide Eye Exams to Nationals Youth Baseball Academy Scholar Athletes
From AOA News (7/27/17)
Keith Smithson, O.D. - Chair, American Optometric Association (AOA) Sports & Performance Vision Committee (SPVC) pediatric and sports vision specialist, Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry and Washington Nationals eye doctor - along with colleagues Robert Sparrenberger, O.D. and Hylton Mayer, MD, provided eye care and education to youths in grades 3 through 7 participating in the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. 

Water activities leading cause of eye injuries from sports
From Healio (8/10/2017)
"More eye injuries occur from water- and pool-related activities than any other sport, according to a recent study from Prevent Blindness. Basketball is the next leading activity, followed by use of guns, darts, arrows, slingshots and baseball."

'Super' QB sees vision training perks
From the AOA News
"The future is more sports-specific, digitized training modules used to give athletes a way to train without the physical punishment of being on the field.