From golfers to archers, all athletes must have good vision to improve. But how can athletes use their dominant eye to play their best?
Metro Eye Optometrist Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski shares her expertise.
• Why do you have a dominant eye? Eye dominance is usually related to brain development. In general terms, there are a certain amount of “connections” that go between the brain and each eye. Usually, the dominant eye will have more of these connections than the other eye, which is why it is preferred. Eye dominance can also be very similar to handedness. However, it does not always correspond directly. For example, those that are right handed may not be right-eye dominant. This is called cross-dominance and can be advantageous to those who participate in side stance sports such as baseball and golf.
• How can you tell which eye is dominant? Are you left eye dominant or right eye dominant? Here’s how to tell: With both eyes open, pick a small target in the distance. Bring your hands in front of you and overlap them, forming a small triangle with your thumbs at the base. Line the triangle up so that the distance target is in the center of the triangle. Now, keeping your hands and arms still, close your left eye first, then switch and close your right. Whichever eye allows you to still see the target is your dominant eye.
• How should you use your dominant eye? Your dominant eye is very useful when it comes to sports that require aim. These sports include shooting, archery, baseball and others. Lining up your dominant eye with your target usually produces better accuracy.
• How does Metro Eye help athletes with their vision? Metro Eye helps athletes with their vision by paying careful attention to giving them the best correction possible. Metro Eye works hard to provide patients with the best quality ophthalmic lenses, frame selection, and most appropriate contact lenses that help athletes achieve their best vision. Ensuring your dominant eye is optimally corrected, especially when related to mono-vision or multi-focal contact lens wear, helps athletes make sure their vision is optimal for competition.
Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski is a licensed optometrist, and Metro Eye’s sports vision specialist. A former college volleyball player at UW-Green Bay, Dr. Zaporski shares her expertise at Milwaukee’s leading eye care office and eyewear retailer. Set up an appointment with her by calling (414) 727-5888.