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While esports may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of sports which vision training can help, esports is perfectly positioned to benefit from it. As a broader sport (with multiple different video games enjoying competitive scenes) a commonality between them is that the ability to react quickly, and maintain awareness of what’s going on in-game, is paramount.
Sports vision training is customized training that gives athletes a major edge against the competition by improving the specific visual skills needed for the position and sport that they play. Most of the visual skills that are essential to becoming a top level competitor are trainable through sports vision training. Sports vision training is the optometric science of using neuroplasticity to enhance visual skills and abilities.
While there are a number of vision skills that are important for esports competitors, some are more crucial to performance than others.
Core vision skills for esports competitors include:
Hand-Eye Coordination: An obvious skill vital to many esports, hand-eye coordination enables a player to better and more quickly react to visual input. In esports, improving this skill gives players a better ability to rapidly react to changes in the game and land that key shot.
Tracking: Tracking is the ability to effectively follow a moving object while also remaining aware of other things going on around it. So in a video game, this would be keeping track of an object or enemy amid the fast-paced game.
Convergence: Convergence is the ability of the eyes to turn inward (toward each other) to focus on a single near object. In esports matches, increased ability to quickly focus both eyes on an object can be vital to making sure a player can effectively follow the flow of play, especially when an object, such as an enemy played, suddenly appears.
Divergence: The opposite of convergence, divergence is the ability of the eyes to turn away from each other to locate far objects and track their approach. In esports matches, this helps players track enemy players that may be approaching from a distance at the edge of their field of view.
Secondary visual skills for esports competitors aren’t necessarily any less important than core visual skills, though they are not quite as central to what is needed for an esports competitor to be successful.
Visual Memory: Visual memory is the vision skill which helps people remember details. For esports players, this is a valuable skill which can help them better remember the ins and outs of different game maps, so that they can more effectively strategize.
Contrast Sensitivity: Different maps in some competitive video games can have very different color schemes and lighting, which can make it harder, at times, to pick out an approaching enemy or objective. Improving one’s contrast sensitivity, the ability to more quickly track and identify objects, can provide crucial extra seconds in which to react.
Peripheral Vision: A skillful shooter can maintain awareness of a central target while simultaneously maintaining an awareness of a wide range of peripheral targets. For example, when selecting a sniping position in E-Sports, one should also be aware of what is going on around the central point of focus.
Speed of recognition time: This is especially important in first person shooters when a target may only be visible for a short period of time. In order to decide whether to shoot or not shoot a target, an accurate recognition of as much of a target in as little as 0.01 seconds is critical.
Esports may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of sports which vision training can help, esports is perfectly positioned to benefit from it.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Seems much less frustrated with life
Reads non-stop and fast
Spelling abilities have been hugely improved
Seems much more confident
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