An overview of important vision skills for Racing

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Racing is a sport which is done at extremely high speeds, so being able to react immediately to any new visual stimuli can be the difference between winning and losing--and, in some cases, the difference between successfully continuing the drive and crashing and risking potential injury. Improving vision skills is potentially extremely valuable for a professional racer.

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Core Visual Skills For Racing

While there are a number of vision skills that are important for racers, some are more crucial to performance than others.

Core vision skills for racers include:

  • Speed of Visual Processing: Especially in a high speed sport like racing, the ability to recognize and react to visual stimuli quickly is vital. Improving this skill enhances a driver’s reflexes, enabling faster reaction time.
  • Hand-eye coordination: Hand-eye coordination is an obviously important skill for driving, and it is all the more so for the high speed nature of racing. Improved hand-eye coordination will give drivers a better ability to make the necessary directional adjustment based on what they see.
  • Dynamic visual acuity: Dynamic visual acuity is the skill which enables a person to see, quickly process, and quickly react to moving objects while also being in motion. This is a skill which is extremely important for racers for the entirety of the race.
  • Depth perception and distance estimation: This skill allows one to more quickly and accurately assess the speed and distance of moving objects. It is especially important for high speed races, to both know how fast and how far away other cars are for purposes of catching and passing them, and avoiding collisions.

Secondary Visual Skills For Racing

Secondary visual skills for racers aren’t necessarily any less important than core visual skills, though they are not quite as central to what is needed for a racer to be successful.

Secondary visual skills for racers include

  • Enhanced Peripheral Awareness: This is the skill which enhances a driver’s ability to be aware of what is happening around him during the race while still maintaining focus on what is occurring in front of him. This is especially important to both prevent other racers from passing, and for avoiding collisions.
  • Eye tracking and movement precision: Eye tracking is another visual skill which enhances a driver’s ability to follow the flow of the race.
  • Focusing: In a high-speed race, the ability to rapidly shift focus between near and far objects is especially important, as due to the nature of racing, an opposing car which was some distance away moments ago can suddenly be right near you in a matter of moments.
Secondary Visual Skills For Racing

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Dr. McBryar runs a specialty optometry practice, Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga, located in Hixson, Tennessee. Dr. McBryar specializes in the fields of developmental optometry, working with children and special needs to realize their full potential. 

She has many achievements in her field:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO)
  • Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
  • Candidate for Fellowship in the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA)

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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!!!


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