SPORTS VISION PERFORMANCE (SVP) from M&S includes these aspects of vision that are critical for optimal sports performance.
VISUAL ACUITY TESTING: SVP allows the administrator to test for visual acuity down to the physiological threshold of 20/8. The randomized charts eliminate any chance of memorization. The protocol is calibrated to settings that comply with the ANSI and ISO standards for vision testing.
DEPTH PERCEPTION/CONTOUR STEREO TESTING: Tests the dimensional capabilities of the athlete’s vision, a critical component of many sports. Normal ocular health and good visual acuity scores are not indicative of optimal distance stereopsis for athletes, therefore this is a key test for athletes.
LETTER CONTRAST SENSITIVITY TESTING: Contrast Sensitivity has been found to be a significant differentiator in a player’s performance. Whereas visual acuity measures the quantitative aspect of vision, contrast testing measures the qualitative aspect of vision – from locating a baseball in the air on a cloudy day to picking out a hockey puck against a background of spectators’ clothing.
DEVELOPMENTAL EYE MOVEMENT: This test helps find a differential diagnosis between cognitive function and any eye movement problems. The athlete reads aloud a set of numbers without using any horizontal eye movements and then reads aloud the same number of digits using horizontal eye movements.
EYE ALIGNMENT: The eye alignment test measures the tendency of the athlete’s vision to turn in or out, up or down. Results are compared against normal deviations of 3 or fewer prism diopters in the inward direction, 5 or fewer prism diopters in the outward direction, and less than 2 prism diopters up and down.
FUSIONAL ABILITY: Measures how well the eyes are working together. The visual targets are separated until the athlete reports seeing double. This test also indicates how well the athlete can compensate for eye alignment issues. The better the fusional ability, the better the athlete can compensate for alignment problems.
The protocol is designed to step the administrator through each test with ease and precision; in other words, the protocol does the work. This eliminates biased interpretation and assures consistency and accuracy from test to test, visit to visit.
The SVP protocol can be administered from a laptop or from the full SmartSystem® Visual Acuity Testing System.
SVP has the ability to analyze and compare the athlete’s results based on norms from an established database of his/her peers. This allows the eye care professional to identify areas that may need to be improved for maximum visual function in athletic endeavors. Note: Database participation is optional; requires a subscription.
BENEFITS OF M&S SPORTS VISION PERFORMANCE:
• Results in a comprehensive vision exam
• Increases patient traffic which leads to increased sales in frames, contacts, etc.
• Portable protocol when used on a laptop
• Updates via the internet (with subscription)
• Technical support from trained technicians