Vision training is a program implemented to improve the efficiency in which the visual system is used. Vision training works to improve a long list of visual skills, improved visual skills can translate into improved athletic performance. Developing efficient visual skills is extremely important, but often this area of training goes unaddressed. Vision is the signal that directs the body to respond. The more efficient the visual system, the quicker and more accurate the body response can be.
The 6 pairs of extra-ocular muscles that are used to point the eyes are much stronger than they need to be; the eyeball is quite light, and the muscles are quite strong. Vision training is not a set of exercises designed to strengthen those eye muscles. Even so, if strengthening was the reason for vision training the results may not be sufficient; improving strength doesn’t necessarily translate to improved athletic performance. Vision training works to improve the coordination and information processing of the visual system, not to improve strength. This is why Vizual Edge works.
These skills can include:
Many of the skills mentioned can be improved upon with the Vizual Edge software program. Prior to initiating a visual training program, Vizual Edge initially tests these visual skills to determine if there are any low performing areas. From that information, a custom training program is designed to address the identified delays.
Ryan Edwards, OD, FCOVD
Dynamic Center for Vision Therapy