The sun is shining on game day. You assume you’re prepared for the weather by wearing your contact lenses and sunglasses. But when you miss that ball because of the glare from the sun, that preparation seems useless. If you’re wondering what the problem could possibly be, take a look in the mirror: your eye color could be the source of your quandry.
You’ve probably never thought about how eye color can affect your athletic performance. Players with light colored eyes have less pigment in the macula of their eye. Because this pigment serves as “internal sunglasses” for the eyes, less pigment means your eyes have less protection from the sun and the resulting glare.
Every 3 minutes, an E.R. in the United States treats a sports related eye injury, according to The National Eye Institute (NEI). Sports-related eye injuries cost $175 to $200 million a year (NEI). These statistics prove that protecting the eyes is critical to sports performance and overall eye health.
As most professional athletes know, optimizing performance isn’t just about time spent at the gym or practice. There are other components to also consider, like an athlete’s visual perception, reaction time, and response accuracy. Here are five tips for improving yours and your team’s visual performance.
A style of “video game” proving to be a sought-after tool by athletes around the world and has now been converted into an app.
The software called Ultimeyes PRO is being used to help train athlete’s visual acuity. Similar to games you can find on an iPad (Fruit Ninja, etc.), designed to improve the visual acuity of athletes, Ultimeyes has a series of different levels to play that vary in difficulty. Discover Magazine states that unlike the cartoons and bright colors in the most recent popular games, Ultimeyes graphics are designed specifically to press players’ vision to its’ extent. The graphics are intentionally blurry and small, with low contrasts.