What is wrong with this picture?
a) Blake is cheating by using his left eye to see between his
b) Mary has to look at the chart because she doesn't know it by
memory. This gives Blake the opportunity to move his hand down if
he wants to cheat and Mary won't catch him in the act.
c) Blake is pushing so hard on his left eye with his fingers that when
Mary tests the vision in that eye, he may complains it's real blurry
due to the compression. Mary won't know exactly what to do so she
may just let him pass the test anyway.
d) Blake could pass this test but is farsighted (he can't see well up
close) which causes problems when reading in the classroom and
won't let him reach his genetic potential in sports.
e) The majority of parents consider this vision testing of their athletes
equal to a complete eye exam at an eye doctor's office.
f) Blake could be part of the 40% of athletes who don't make it to the
professional level and get weeded out because of problems with their
eyes that they don't learn about until too late.
g) Blake could pass this test but still part of a statistic that states 1 out
of 4 children have undetected visual problems.
h) This is a poorly scanned picture from the Sunday edition of the News
i) All of the above
That's right! You guessed it! "i" is the correct answer: all the above!
I was reading the "Work and Money" section of the Sunday N&O (8/5/12). This picture of a child having his eyes checked during a sports physical was part of an article discussing how clinics are bulking up for onslaught of patients that may show up with the new health care act.
This is also a great example on how vision is overlooked in sports. Blake is taking a sports physical to make sure he is physically fit to participate in athletics. The doctors and nurses are just making sure his vision isn't worse than 20/30.
20/30 is great if Blake doesn't dream of becoming a professional athlete. Or, if he doesn't want to participate in the Olympics.
Better than 20/20 is the vision needed to make it to the elite athlete level. Minor vision problems stop athletes from making it to the top. And, acuity is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to having all the competitive visual skills that the best use.
See To Play: The Eyes of Elite Athletes gives athletes the tools they need to become their visual best and reach their genetic potential. Take the next step to insure your athlete can be their best.
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