Elite athletes see better than average athletes. Those differences are measurable and discussed in detail in my book, See To Play: The Eyes of Elite Athletes. Any deviation from elite vision can cause problems with athletic performance.
This week, we witnessed again how nutrition plays a big role in how well athletes see. Poor nutritional habits can interfere with an athlete’s vision. Josh Hamilton’s increased intake of caffeine proved the latter. His excessive intake of caffeine was causing his eyes to dry out. His eyes want more water and oil......”Feed Me!”
I drove a Porsche 911 for five years. Great car! A precision instrument! It was the best performance car I’ve owned, but any little detail could cause it to have issue and not run at peak performance. If the wheels became out of balance, it would go fast but it would shake. If the carburetor got a little gunked up, it couldn’t breathe or fire as well. It would not run as fast as it could. Needless to say, my mechanics and I became fast friends.
Josh’s increased intake of caffeine caused his corneas to dry out. This condition is known as ocular keratitis. Think of your lips: if they get dry, they become uncomfortable and chapped. The lips aren’t diseased; they’re just not right.
Dry corneas can cause a decrease in our visual acuity. Josh let people know about his 20/10 after I checked him, which happened to be the week before he was drafted first in the MLB draft. (I had to include the picture of that day above again). Any deviation to a 20/10 or 20/12 athlete’s vision can cause them to go down to….say 20/20…the vision of us normal people. Losing superhuman vision to an elite athlete is just like me riding around in my 911 with the wheels or engine messed up.....it's not running at peak performance.
Chapter 9 of my book See To Play is devoted to nutrition and how to eat right to insure you see the best. Any edge an athlete can get to improve performance will them reach their genetic potential.
Read, See To Play to learn the rest of the story about nutrition and the eyes.
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