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Belchertown Eye Care

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142 N. Main St.
Belchertown, MA 01007
Phone: 413-323-1196
Fax: 413-323-1186

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Tuesday9am8pm
Wednesday9am5pm
Thursday9am8pm
Friday9am5pm
Saturday9am3pm
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Sports vision testing helps athletes determine how well their eyes perform. These tests go beyond standard eye tests that only evaluate the ability to see letters and objects clearly on a standard eye chart. Sports vision testing takes eyesight evaluation one step further, which is vital to overall athletic training as well as specifically enhancing visual function.

While sports vision testing can vary greatly depending on an athlete’s specific needs, in general, sports vision testing can be beneficial for assessing athletic abilities associated with hand-eye coordination, eye tracking, and depth perception. If you are a local athlete looking to improve your performance, we can help.

Sports Vision Training Enhances Athletic Performance

Our  optometrists offer several different vision tests for assessing athletic performance and capabilities. The first test is the classic Snellen Eye Chart. Patients are asked to read lettering on a standard eye chart that is placed 20 feet away. You must identify the letters along the lines of increasingly smaller sizes until the letters can no longer be identified. Usually the 20/20 line is the fourth from the bottom; if you can correctly read this line, you have 20/20 vision. If you can read the smallest line, then you have 20/15 vision. This basic eye test is very important for identifying an athlete’s visual acuity.

While correcting visual acuity can seem like an obvious step, some athletes are unaware that they suffer from an undetected refractive error. Refractive errors are any number of different size and shape abnormalities that affect the eye’s ability to focus light on the retina, affecting vision.

Contrast sensitivity is also important for athletic performance. During a contrast sensitivity test, you will be asked to identify the orientation of parallel gray stripes against backgrounds of various colors. The backgrounds gradually begin to match the shades of the stripes. Low contrast sensitivity, especially in low-light conditions, will make it more difficult to track objects. A variety of solutions can be effective for addressing contrast sensitivity concerns. These solutions include wearing eyeglasses with a special lens tint to increase visibility, depending on your vision needs.

Ocular alignment tests, like the Hirschberg test, evaluate how well both eyes work together. Alignment problems are detected by analyzing specific points on the cornea where reflections occur. We also recommend eye dominance tests. Dominance is determined by focusing on an object as it moves closers; when one eye diverges or loses focus, this means that the other eye is dominant. If one eye loses focus too soon, you may be suffering from binocularity, a condition where both eyes struggle to work together to manage depth perception and visual coordination.

Athletic performance is not only enhanced in the gym; it also requires excellent visual processing speed and hand-eye coordination. Contact our local optometrist to learn more about the benefits of sports vision training and to schedule your sports vision test today.

OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED 2pm October 19 - October 21!

THE OFFICE WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH. 

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Testimonial

“Ms. Brown is the best optician I’ve had in nearly fifty years of wearing glasses. She’s an expert optician AND her customer service is excellent.”

- Bergthora from Massachusetts / Belchertown, MA

Office Hours

DayOpenClosed
MondayClosedClosed
Tuesday9am8pm
Wednesday9am5pm
Thursday9am8pm
Friday9am5pm
Saturday9am3pm
SundayClosedClosed

Belchertown Eye Care’s Promise To You:

  • We take pride in exceeding industry standards, not meeting them.
     
  • Quality and customer service are first and foremost.
     
  • We will continue to invest in state of the art technology so that we may customize and fabricate your lenses on-site to ensure uncompromised precision and accuracy.
     
  • …so that we may become “simply the best” place to fill your eyeglass prescription.
     

Meet the Team

Meet the Team Charissa Brown, R.D.O., A.B.O.M.
Elizabeth Ryan, O.D.
Michael Gousy, O.D.

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