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Sports Vision

As qualified Sportsvision Optometrists, we have a particular interest in appropriate visual correction in sports. Research shows that vision and sporting performance are directly related. Vision provides athletes with information regarding when to perform. Studies have shown athletes to have better visual abilities than non-athletes but despite these advantages, athletes can benefit significantly from a greater awareness of the applications of Sportsvision.

A major study of the visual performance of 1,500 German national and first-division footballers in 2010 showed that over 20% required visual correction and 30% of those using corrective lenses benefitted from a change in prescription. These figures have been matched in sports vision assessments of club and inter-county teams in Ireland.

Optimal sporting performance depends on visual acuity(sharpness), but also eye dominance, 3D vision, peripheral vision, eye speed and tracking ability, contrast sensitivity and eye-hand coordination. The treatment options can involve correction with glasses (e.g. sports spectacles) or contact lenses, including specific toric contact lenses, and/or eye exercise regimes.

We supply sport spectacles of EN166 standard from Bolle and Ferucci among others. We also stock a range of prescription swimming goggles.