An overview of important vision skills for racing

Published on
March 14, 2022

It is a sport that is performed at extremely high speeds. Therefore, being able to react instantly to any new visual stimuli can make a big difference between winning and losing and, in some cases, the difference between continuing a successful race or crashing and risking injury. Racing professionals could benefit greatly from improving their vision skills. The ultimate goal of sports vision therapy is to get the eyes, the brain and the body all working together more accurately, more efficiently and and faster.

What visual skills are the most important in racing?

The skills you may want to develop when you consider someone involved in the sport of racing are a combination of: 

  • Focusing ability: Being able to rapidly switch focus between near and far objects is essential in a high-speed race since an opposing car that was some distance away suddenly finds itself right next to you in a matter of seconds.
  • Convergence and divergence:  A racer’s eyes should be able to efficiently converge and diverge during a race which is the ability to be able to turn the eyes inward to look at an object up close and the ability to be able to turn the eyes outward to look at something distant, respectively.
  • Eye tracking and movement precision: Another skill that enhances a driver's ability to follow the race's flow is eye tracking.
  • Enhanced Peripheral Awareness: This skill enables a driver to remain aware of what is happening around him during a race while still staying focused on what is happening in front of him or her. This is especially relevant for preventing other racers from overtaking you and to prevent collisions.
  • Dynamic visual acuity: The ability to see, process, and react quickly to moving objects while in motion is called dynamic visual acuity. It is a skill that racers need throughout the entire race.
  • Hand-eye coordination: This is clearly a crucial skill for driving, and it is all the more important for racing because of its high speed nature. With better hand-eye coordination, drivers will be better able to adjust their driving direction based on what they see.


Sports Vision Training At Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

If you are serious about taking your athletic ability to the next level, join us in our Hixson TN practice. Our eye doctor and therapists have extensive experience in functional vision improvement and can give you the edge over your competitors.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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