How Can You Improve Your Vision? See Better and See Faster!

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VA_E-(1)-2What if there was a way to improve your processing speed by 15 percent? As an athlete, would that increase your odds of success?  What if, at the same time, you could also measurably improve your ability to handle glare (by 58 percent) enhance your contrast sensitivity (i.e. “picking up” the flight of a baseball against a blue sky or green backdrop), and increase visual range (how far you can see in the distance) by approximately 30 percent?

In virtually every sport the ability to “see” better, and faster, results in improved performance.

Consider in football the expectation for a quarterback to instantly determine whether to throw to one of three different receivers, dump a pass off to a running back, or tuck and run. Or for a receiver or defensive back, while running at full speed, to leap in traffic then locate the pass in bright sunshine or against glaring stadium lights, and then react to a tipped ball to make the catch.

Realize that a spike in volleyball can top 90 mph, a slap shot in hockey often exceeds 100 mph, and serves in tennis routinely reach 124 mph for women and 140 mph for men (Andy Roddick’s serve was recorded at 155 mph!).

We Are What We Eat
As it turns out, nutrition plays an incredible role in how the eyes of an athlete perform during competition.

Since the 1990s research has shown that lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids found at high levels in kale and spinach, can help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 65. Now research is showing that these two nutrients, when delivered in the proper doses, can also improve the visual “performance” of athletes.

A 2008 trial published in Optometry and Vision Science studied 40 healthy men and women with a mean age of 23.9 years. After four months of supplementation with 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin, glare recovery improved significantly. After six months, the subjects’ ability to tolerate glaring light improved 58 percent, and the time to recover sight following exposure to bright light (photostress) improved by 5 seconds or 14 percent.

We all have experienced how our eyes need time to adjust when going from a brightly lit lobby into a dark movie theater. This type of adjustment, albeit not as dramatic, is also happening constantly in competitive athletics. The difference is that in a movie theater there is rarely any pressure to instantly find a seat. In sports however, the faster, and more accurately you can make a decision, the better.

Vision is Where it All Starts
Great hand-eye, or in the case of soccer players foot-eye, coordination always must start with great vision. Sport specific drills can improve coordination, muscle memory and reaction times, but athletes must understand that proper nutrition also plays a significant role in performance.  Lutein and zeaxanthin, along with nutrients such as omega-3 fats and vitamin D, in the appropriate doses, can also help maximize potential.

Article provided by Cooper Complete team.

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