These are the things that are important for depth perception when walking/hiking, quickly re-focusing and scanning when driving, driving at night, or effortlessly focusing on hobbies and reading. If it’s a problem, we can help. Even if it’s not a problem, we may be able to enhance your performance.
If you are having difficulty with any of the following areas.
Please book an assessment to see if treatment is available..
Your depth perception plays an important role in your activity and safety. Problems with depth perception can cause difficulty on stairs, uneven ground, and can create greater risk of falls.
Certain glasses and cataract lenses can play a role in depth perception problems. This is especially common with progressive lenses, multifocal contacts, or monovision.
Depth perception issues can also be caused by problems with how the brain processes vision and uses the eyes together. This can happen after a concussion, vestibular problem, or sometimes just slowly gets worse.
Difficulty Driving, Especially at Night
Scanning While Driving
Have you ever had to quickly look left and right to enter an intersection when driving?
This requires quick and accurate eye movement, as well as the ability for your eyes to quickly work together. If this is compromised, it will take you longer to change where you are looking. This can also impact how quickly you can re-focus on the cars ahead of you after shoulder checking.
Difficulties in this area can cause you to miss things, or lose confidence.
Driving at Night
You may have been told your trouble with night driving (especially the new bright headlights) is just a part of age. While some people have untreatable conditions that cause trouble driving at night, we find it’s often an issue with how the eyes work together.
This often happens because your eyes have a harder time working together at night, so any issues become much more apparent.
Sports, Hobbies, & Activities and Your Vision
Cycling involves depth perception, balance, scanning for cars, and the ability to quickly re-focus your eyes after shoulder checking. Problems with how your eyes work together, or with how your eyes and inner-ear integrate can hold back your cycling performance, or put you at higher risk of injury.
The speed and accuracy of your return, or your ability to read the spin of the ball all depend on how your eyes and brain work together. Pros have known this for years, and spend lots of time working on their depth perception and tracking. Vision therapy can take your tennis or pickleball to the next level.
Do you put too short, or put too long? You’re using your depth perception to gauge how far the hole is and how hard to hit the ball. Many people have to routinely ‘look past the hole’, or aim for the front of the cup in order to be more accurate. This is usually because they are not judging the distance accurately to begin with.
Another common pain-point in golf is not being able to see your ball after you’ve hit it. Problems with how the eyes track and work together can create problems tracking your golf ball, and these are easily remedied.
Reading and Hobbies
Getting tired when you read? Not able to read for as long or as quickly as you used to? It’s common for eye tracking or eye teaming (binocular problems) to cause problems with reading. This can show up as fatigue, falling asleep, headaches, strain, reduced comprehension. Many people end up slowly avoiding reading, knitting, wood-working or other hobbies that require sustained focus.
Computers can be a really helpful tool for emails, research, and all sorts of amazing things. Problems with how the eyes work together, or how glasses are set up, can create headaches, light sensitivity, difficulty focusing and more.
We go beyond the routine eye health testing to investigate how your eyes and brain work together. This includes eye tracking, binocular function (eye-teaming), visual-vestibular integration (eye and inner-ear), and more.
We have a variety of tools we can use to get the improvement you’re looking for:
We are able to design prescriptions (ErgopticsTM) that do more than allow you to see clearly. ErgopticsTM prescrip
Vision Therapy (Opto-mization Training)
You may also be a candidate for vision therapy. Our Opto-mization Training Vision Therapy recalibrates how your eyes and brain work together, and enhances your performance.