Little debate exists that vision is a critical factor in the success of an athlete’s performance. The legendary football coach Blanton Collier is credited for developing the concept that “the eyes lead the body.” For this reason, vision care for athletes should begin with the identification of visual factors that potentially contribute to peak performance.
However, beyond quality comprehensive eye exams, there are other areas of visual motor and visual perceptual skills that are unique to athletes. These skills can also be different for each specific sport. By discovering if any weaknesses lie in these areas, trainers may have an opportunity to enhance not only these visual skills, but also the resulting performance in their sport.
The doctors at the Eye Center have been eye care providers for the Miami Dolphins for over 25 years. We provide two sports vision evaluations for the team each year. In addition, we provide glasses, contact lenses and pre- and post-op Lasik management.
Our practice has worked with the Dolphins for over 25 years, as well as numerous other Olympians and professional athletes. We have worked with the Orlando Magic, lead sports vision research with the Nova Southeastern Baseball Team, and attended the Harvard Medical School’s Sports Vision Program at Fenway Park.
That program was led and attended by Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Vision Scientists from around the country. At that meeting, Dr. Joan Miller, Chief and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, urged us to spread the field of sports vision and expand to reach more athletes and programs.