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Read our collection of expert articles on sports vision and performance-enhancing eyewear — and give yourself the winning edge.

Learn about the latest in sports vision testing, contact lenses for sports, protective sports eyewear and what to look for in a sports vision specialist.

Browse the list of articles below, or start with our Guide to Sport Sunglass Lens Tints.

CRT Contact Lenses for Athletes with Myopia - Sponsored Section

Learn about Corneal Reshaping CRT Contact Lenses that are worn during sleep, then removed in the morning for clear vision all day.

Sports Nutrition: Carotenoids And Visual Performance - New!

Nutritional supplements containing carotenoids may improve important visual skills for sports.

What Sports Vision Specialists Can Do for You

A sports vision specialist can assess your athletic performance, as well as offer comprehensive training.

Dry Eye Infographic - Sponsored

Learn eight symptoms, causes and steps to managing dry eye.

How to Find a Good Sports Vision Doctor

Sports vision "specialists" differ in their level of expertise. Learn how to find a good sports vision doctor and what questions to ask.

Sports Vision Skills You Can Practice at Home

Learn a few simple tips that may help you improve sports vision skills such as visual memory or depth perception. Also, learn why knowing which eye is dominant can be important for certain sports such as target shooting.

Sport Sunglasses

Different tints in sports sunglasses may enhance athletic performance in specific lighting conditions, such as harsh sunlight on ski slopes or overcast skies on baseball game day.

Orthokeratology for Athletes

These eye-shaping contact lenses worn only at night are a safe vision correction alternative for athletes, especially those engaged in rough sports.

Eyewear for Skiing

Eyewear for skiing ranges from full goggles to styles that look like sunglasses. Look for materials that withstand the cold and resist shattering on impact. Also, learn which lenses work best for skiers.

Swim Goggles and Diving Masks

Can't see without your eyeglasses or contact lenses? You actually have quite a few choices of eyewear that will help you see what you're doing underwater.

Shooting Glasses

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid!" Ralphie hears it over and over in A Christmas Story, and it's a real concern, though not the only one. Learn what safety features to look for, and which lens types and colors are best, whether you're hunting or target shooting.

Sports Vision News

New On-the-Sidelines Concussion Tests to Use Eye Tracking and Blood Analysis

December 2015 — When you're playing sports, it can be tempting to brush off an injury so you can get back in the game. But delaying treatment, particularly when you have a concussion, can lead to serious long-term damage that can impair visual function and cognition.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, up to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year. And detecting these injuries is not always straightforward or based exclusively on objective signs and symptoms. However, this may soon change.

The NFL, which has been the target of harsh criticism and massive litigation for reportedly turning a blind eye to players with concussions, currently relies heavily on the King-Devick Test (K-D Test) — a two-minute eye movement test that requires players to read numbers displayed on cards or on a tablet.

After suspected head trauma, the athlete is given the K-D Test, and that time is compared with his pre-season baseline time. But many argue more options are needed, and Texas-based startup EyeGuide Focus may have one such solution. The company has developed a headset that can detect concussions in just 10 seconds, also by tracking eye movement.

Like the K-D Test, EyeGuide Focus relies on a baseline measurement. The unit's software runs on an iPad. You simply follow a small white circle with your eyes, watching it as it moves across the screen. In addition to looking at your pre-injury score, the EyeGuide system compares your eye movements with a database of records from other athletes. The company says this makes it particularly difficult for athletes to cheat the system just to get back on the field.

A third concussion test that's being investigated has been touted as entirely objective and impossible to question or cheat because it's a blood test. Medical development company Quanterix says it identifies concussions by picking up proteins that result from brain trauma. The ultimate goal is to adapt it in such a way that a single finger prick test on the sideline could be used to determine if an athlete should return to the field. — A.H.

Page updated January 2017