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The Importance of Vision Exams in Sports

Category: General Eye Health

Published: 2016-10-17

If you have a child who wants to participate in sports, you’re probably aware that he first has to undergo a thorough physical exam performed by a physician. During a physical, a physician will evaluate your child’s general health and determine whether participating in a particular sport would put your child at risk. Before your child can participate in the sport of his choice, it’s also important for him to undergo a thorough vision exam.

Eyewear Recommendations

During an eye exam, an optometrist will evaluate your child’s field of vision, the health of his retinas, and other factors that determine the quality of his sight. If your child is found to have a refractive disorder, or if the quality of his vision is otherwise below average, the optometrist will recommend corrective lenses. He may also recommend eyewear than can be worn while participating in sports.

Protecting Your Child

If your child cannot see properly, he will have a difficult time on the field or court. For example, being unable to see a basketball or other players on the court is likely to result in an injury. If your child undergoes an eye exam and receives the proper eyewear recommendation from an optometrist, he’s much more likely to avoid a serious injury during play.

Evaluating Concussions

A thorough eye exam prior to playing sports can also provide a baseline for visual ability. This can help detect any concussion injuries in the future. Working alongside sports medicine professionals, Schaeffer Eye Center is committed to the early detection and management of concussions.

The vision care experts at Schaeffer Eye Center are pleased to perform eye exams for young athletes in Birmingham, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa and Montgomery. With a selection of over 3300 stylish frames, we’re bound to have a few options that suit your teen’s needs and style. Call our Hoover eye care center or request an appointment online.