The Importance of a Baseball Player’s Vision

February 3, 2010 by  

Most baseball players that train for perfect mechanics forget about other aspects of the game. Vision is considered the most important. If you can’t see it, you can’t hit it. Before getting started with eye training, it is recommended to check your vision with your local eye doctor, so you understand what your working with. Some of the best baseball players in the world obtain solid 20/10 eye sight. Many local ball players carry 20/20 eye sight and those with worse sight usually wear glasses or contact lenses. 20/40 is worse than 20/20. Therefore your goal is to improve your vision closer to 20/15 or 20/10. You may not reach your goal but you can always improve. Peripheral vision is vision that occurs outside the center of gaze. Along with that comes Far-Peripheral, Mid-Peripheral and Near-Peripheral vision, all of which can be improved through various training exercises. When compared with other animals, peripheral vision is weaker in humans, especially when trying to distinguish shapes and colors. This is caused by the receptor cells on the retina being greater at the center and lesser at the edges. Various eye training exercises may improve and make the receptor cells greater throughout the entire retina creating sharper vision. The Al Roach Vision Training Series will teach baseball players different exercises to try at home where they can work on strengthening their vision and reaction which may help them track the ball better while hitting and fielding.