The history of

vision training

Vision training methods, techniques, and overall approach has improved drastically since it was first utilized in the 19th century. However, one thing has remained true, the brain is able to learn new and efficient ways to utilize vision
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Training

Made Easy

Improvements in vision can occur as young as 8 years old. From Little League to Olympic training, athletes of all levels can benefit from training and perfecting the Core Six Visual Skills. Vizual Edge makes it easy to train with brief sessions that can be done virtually anywhere with an internet connection on both computer and tablet devices. Watch this video to see how a youth baseball player greatly improved his Convergence score in just a few months!
1920s

The definition of vision is much broader now. Vision initially was defined as how well someone can see and which direction the eyes pointed. Beginning in the 1920s, the definition saw much change. Now vision not only includes eyesight (20/20) but more so encompasses how a person interprets, understands and manipulates what is seen.
1950s

Early on, the tools available were somewhat limited for vision training, however, in the 1950s and 1960s, better tools were developed which allowed for better training techniques and further development of the visual system. Computer technology has now infiltrated vision training, which continues to aid in the overall experience.
1970s

Throughout the 1970s, much research was published that supported the adaptive process of vision and showed that it can be modified through the proper therapeutic application. Also around this time, eye care professionals began to understand the importance of vision as it relates to sports. Eye care professionals began consulting professional and amateur teams to aid in the development of high-level visual skills.
"Sight is a measurement usually designated by 20/20, 20/40. Vision is how the brain uses sight," -Dr. Ryan Edwards, Optometrist.

How vision training

works

Vision training is a program designed to develop—or improve—fundamental vision skills that are essential to sports vision performance. Vision training is used to improve one’s ability to make accurate eye movements.
What is vision training?
Vision training is essentially a method of teaching the eyes and the brain how to perform a skill more efficiently. Sight is a measurement usually designated by 20/20, 20/40. Vision is how the brain uses sight.
How can vision be improved?
Vision is something that can be learned and trained, but only with proper guidance. The visual system relies on past experiences in order to make judgments and anticipations for current and future experiences. Vision training needs to be consistent, customized and progressive, to ensure improvement. When these skills reach a high level of efficiency the visual system will continually perform at this level, increasing the speed and accuracy of one’s performance.
Is there a limit for improving vision?
Vision training is teaching the visual system a more efficient way of operating. There is no visual age limit, efficient visual skills can be learned at any age. Vizual Edge works to help the athlete learn more efficient visual skills.

Why use 3d vision for

training?

Stereopsis, or 3D vision, is crucial when playing any sport. It is the most robust and most potent of all visual stimuli, it gives the most information in the smallest amount of time. Stereopsis is the “glue” that holds the images from each eye together. 

There are two types of “visual fusion” categories. Visual fusion occurs when the images from each eye can be combined, ie fused together, to form one single image. The two types of visual fusion are motor fusion and sensory fusion.
MOTOR FUSION:
is the act of physically pointing each eye at the intended target. This is important because the brain relies on the two slightly different perspectives that each eye gives in order to obtain stereopsis.

SENSORY FUSION: 
contains three specific elements. These are in ascending order; simultaneous perception, flat fusion, and stereopsis. All three of these items need to be present in order to appreciate depth perception.

SIMULTANEOUS: 
perception means that the signal from each eye is being utilized, the ability to simultaneously perceive two images (one from each eye).

FLAT FUSION:
is the overlapping of two images.

STEREOPSIS:
is the brain’s interpretation of the view from each eye. That interpretation gives the sense of “space” between objects and is extremely important in determining the flight path of a ball or object.

Stereopsis is the highest level of fusion and is by far the most useful in making decisions based on the visual environment. Vizual Edge utilizes stereopsis (3D vision) when training because it is the highest form of vision.
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How does vizual edge

stand out?

The Edge Trainer contains several unique vision training programs that others do not. The most notable feature is that the Edge Trainer allows for the development of binocular Convergence & Divergence.
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CONVERGENCE
Enhances player's ability to judge the ball's speed, trajectory, and spin from a distance.
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DIVERGENCE
Improves ability for hitters to judge the speed, trajectory, and spin of the ball as it approaches the plate.
When competing in athletics, in order to have proper depth perception, each eye is required to point at the indented target accurately. The act of pointing each eye at the same spot allows for “fusion” of the two images. Fusion is the brain’s ability to appreciate and combine the slightly different viewpoints given from each eye; from that, the brain gains meaningful information in the form of depth perception. Binocular fusion is needed in order to appreciate the depth, understand trajectories and make decisions based on the given visual information. Binocular fusion is improved by training binocular Convergence and Divergence.
Even minor ocular misalignments can cause interruptions in binocular fusion. Most sports are visually demanding and require that no visual information is disrupted. Proper training of binocular convergence and divergence allows for better development of depth perception. Better depth perception sets the athlete up to obtain the most amount of information in the least amount of time, giving a competitive edge.

the lasting impact of

vision training

Vision training is a method of teaching your visual system how to efficiently perform foundational visual skills. It consists of improving the neural pathways that are used for vision. Once the skill has been learned efficiently and is functioning at an automatic level, there is minimal maintenance training required and the skills will not digress. Once the skills are established, you can, however, continue to fine-tune and enhance the foundational visual skills. 

The Vizual Edge software provides specific targets to develop the foundational visual skills for lifelong efficiency and also provides a platform for enhancement and visual readiness for sports. Vizual Edge specifically targets an athlete’s eye movements, eye teaming skills and visual recognition speed. Developing these visual skills will give the athlete a competitive advantage that will last.

LISTEN TO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST, NICOLE HENSLEY, SPEAK ON HER USE OF VIZUAL EDGE!

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