It’s no secret that sports are king in America

Most of us have participated in school or club sports as children and teenagers and many of us continue to be involved in sports as adults whether as amateur athletes, fans or parents of children who play sports.

Doctors in athletics

When we hear about doctors in sports, it’s typically within the context of diagnosing and treating sports related injuries. This makes sense as the scope of most healthcare professionals revolves around acute treatment and rehabilitation post injury.

Optometry is perhaps the only profession that can offer injury prevention, performance enhancement and post-injury rehabilitation services for athletes.

Traditionally there has been little knowledge among the general public when it comes to the importance of these preventative, rehabilitative and performance-enhancing services that optometrists can offer.

After all, how many athletes do you see using protective eyewear to prevent injury or to protect their eyes from the sun?

Cue the OD’s

In recent years sensory training has emerged as one of the hottest topics in professional sports.

Vision happens to be the dominant sense utilized by athletes in all sports so it’s only natural that many are beginning to see vision training as a new frontier in sports performance enhancement.

Several high profile athletes such as Stephen Curry have invested heavily into vision training with very impressive results.

The growth of this trend may be signaling that we are on the verge of seeing vision training become a mainstream training modality for athletes not unlike weight training is today. As the awareness continues to grow, so will the demand for professionals with special expertise in functional vision and vision training.

What can you expect as a Sports Vision Optometrist

Sports vision training is a fun and dynamic specialty with many fulfilling aspects. For instance, this modality allows you work with motivated patients who value your expertise and are eager to implement your prescribed treatments.

You get to spend more time with these patients than you do in general practice and you get to see them achieve new heights in their sport as their vision skills improve.

You can expect to work with a diverse patient base in this modality.

On any given day you may find yourself training a high school athlete who is looking to improve their chance of getting an athletic scholarship or training a college athlete looking to improve their chance of becoming a professional and earning a living from playing the sport they love.

Other patients may have less ambitious goals like taking a few strokes off their golf game so they can outscore a longtime friend or simply to better enjoy their favorite sport.

Growing your practice with Sports Vision

Offering sports vision training can be a great practice builder and not just because it attracts new patients seeking your specialty services.

Once you establish a reputation in your community for being an authority on sports vision you will likely see that new patients will seek you out for routine eye exams. This is because they will have confidence in your ability to ensure that they have the best vision possible.

It’s also likely that you will have an opportunity to work with professional athletes at some point, some of whom may have been patients that you helped get to the professional level.

Being the eye doctor of choice for your local elite athletes is one sure way to become the coolest doctor in town. The notoriety that comes with that can do wonders for promoting your practice, all at little or no cost.

Is Sports Vision a good fit for you

Sports Vision is a truly unique specialty within optometry because it allows you to work with healthy patients. You can focus on utilizing your knowledge and creativity to tailor an individualized training plan that will help take your patient to the limits of human visual potential.

This is a distinctly different approach from managing patients in general practice which often involves helping delay damage from progressive diseases like glaucoma, ARMD or diabetes.

In other words, with sports vision, you’re playing offense not defense. If that sounds like an approach that suits your interests then sports vision may be a perfect fit for you.