Hilliers SportVision Programme

Over 80% of the information we receive comes from our visual system. This increases during sports the eyes direct the dynamic movement of the body, or as we say, ‘the eyes lead where the body follows’.

I can see the target but I just can't seem to hit it

In competitive sport the difference between success and failure is measured in hundredths of a second or fractions of an inch. Uncorrected visual problems can have a dramatic effect on sporting ability and despite this, many sports enthusiasts do not associate visual skills with sporting performance. Read More


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Opticians are all the same. It's a place you go when you get 'that letter' through the door or worse still, because you "have to". It's functional, clinical, and hasn't changed much since your parents used to take you when you were a child.

Hilliers Vision tears up the rule book when it comes to eyecare. We're in tune with the rhythm of everyday life. We're totally switched on to the new active lifestyles of our patients young and old. Our lifestyles have changed and we've adapted too.

Hilliers SportVision programme

Our SportVision programme allows athletes to understand how well their eyes perform and improves the visual abilities that are most necessary for excellence in their sport. Some of these include:

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Dynamic visual acuity
  • Tracking
  • Focusing
  • Visual reaction time
  • peripheral vision

We are sport-specific

We provide an individually tailored program for each sport and athlete. A program for a tennis player will emphasize eye-hand coordination and dynamic visual acuity whereas for a golfer we'd concentrate on visual alignment and depth perception to see the breaks in the greens.

Taking you further

Many athletes are amazed at how we can predict their performance based on our findings from a visual screening. If you're having trouble getting to the next level, even after stepping up your practice, you might have a visual problem that is limiting your success.

Speak to Anand Vyas, our SportsVision Practitioner to understand how we can help you.

What is a SportVision Assessment ?

In addition to a full eye examination, we assesses:

  • Hand/eye co-ordination
  • How the eyes work together
  • Which eye is dominant
  • How your eyes work in poor light
  • How coloured lenses enhance your vision
  • Anticipation skills
  • Eye speed

We can improve accuracy in:

  • Aim in target shooting (archery, rifle, pistol, shotgun, darts)
  • Potting skills (snooker)
  • Catching (goalkeeping)
  • Batting consistency (cricket)
  • Timing (rowing)
  • Putting and driving (golf)
  • Position awareness (rugby and football)
  • Obstacle avoidance (cycling, motor racing)
  • Length and line (bowls)

Our sports specific eyewear protects from:

  • Trauma / physical impact
  • Ultra violet and infra-red rays
  • Intense visible light / glare
  • Rain, mud, dirt
  • Reflected light (off sand, snow and water)

A leading edge over your opponent

Your vision plays a huge role in your sporting ability. Timing, aiming, balance and consistency are all affected by vision. Many visual functions can be trained and developed. Elite athletes can often see better than 6/6, however, a player who can focus quicker, has better depth perception and peripheral awareness will have a leading edge over his opponent.

The difference between 1st and 2nd is hundredths of an inch or fractions of a second. Sports Vision training will get the best of your vision so you get the best out of your performance.

If you want to achieve elite level you MUST include a SportVision assessment as part of your holistic training programme.

The laws of SportVision: how it works

The primary visual skills for sport are aiming and anticipation, and based on this a formal programme of diagnostic and analytical tests has been developed. This includes measuring vision at both high and low contrast and importantly, eye dominance.

This information is combined with tests for:

  • binocular vision (how the eyes work together)
  • fixation disparity (how well the two images are processed in the brain)
  • measure of refraction (short sight, long sight, astigmatism or a difference between the eyes).

The final consideration is a measure of colour preference and light sensitivity. Research tells us that colour preference is specific to the individual and is related to visual development. The use of coloured filters is a powerful new tool in the arsenal of SportVision assessment.

A series of analytical tests may then be conducted to measure, for example, reaction time or hand/eye co-ordination, as appropriate for the athlete and/or sport. In some cases these may be carried out as team assessments to allow comparisons of individuals against the norm.

The six diagnostic elements of visual performance are :

  • High and low contrast LogMAR vision
  • Eye dominance
  • Refraction
  • Binocular vision
  • Fixation disparity
  • Colour preference and light sensitivity

Anand Vyas, our SportVision practitioner is a member of the Sport Vision & School Vision Association and is uniquely qualified to apply the results of your assessment and make recommendations from a wide range of specialist sports eyewear designed to address your requirements. This will also take into account any hazards associated with your sport to ensure that an appropriate level of eye protection is provided.

Speak to Anand to understand how Hillers SportVision programme can take you to the next level.

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