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Center of Vision Development, Pllc

Primary Location
1445 East 10th Street
Cookeville, TN 38501
Phone: 931-372-2020
Fax: 931-372-2572

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM5:00 PM
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Sports vision testing helps athletes determine how well their eyes perform. These tests go beyond standard eye tests that only evaluate the ability to see letters and objects clearly on a standard eye chart. Sports vision testing takes eyesight evaluation one step further, which is vital to overall athletic training as well as specifically enhancing visual function.

While sports vision testing can vary greatly depending on an athlete’s specific needs, in general, sports vision testing can be beneficial for assessing athletic abilities associated with hand-eye coordination, eye tracking, and depth perception. If you are a local athlete looking to improve your performance, Dr. Clopton can help.

Sports Vision Training Enhances Athletic Performance

Our Cookeville optometrist offers several different vision tests for assessing athletic performance and capabilities. The first test is the classic Snellen Eye Chart. Patients are asked to read lettering on a standard eye chart that is placed 20 feet away. You must identify the letters along the lines of increasingly smaller sizes until the letters can no longer be identified. Usually the 20/20 line is the fourth from the bottom; if you can correctly read this line, you have 20/20 vision. If you can read the smallest line, then you have 20/15 vision. This basic eye test is very important for identifying an athlete’s visual acuity.

While correcting visual acuity can seem like an obvious step, some athletes are unaware that they suffer from an undetected refractive error. Refractive errors are any number of different size and shape abnormalities that affect the eye’s ability to focus light on the retina, affecting vision. Depending on your athletic goals, you may wish to undergo a vision correction procedure like LASIK, which could eliminate the need for glasses and contacts.

Contrast sensitivity is also important for athletic performance. During a contrast sensitivity test, you will be asked to identify the orientation of parallel gray stripes against backgrounds of various colors. The backgrounds gradually begin to match the shades of the stripes. Low contrast sensitivity, especially in low-light conditions, will make it more difficult to track objects. A variety of solutions can be effective for addressing contrast sensitivity concerns. These solutions include wearing eyeglasses with a special lens tint to increase visibility, depending on your vision needs.

Ocular alignment tests, like the Hirschberg test, evaluate how well both eyes work together. Alignment problems are detected by analyzing specific points on the cornea where reflections occur. Dr. Clopton also recommends eye dominance tests. Dominance is determined by focusing on an object as it moves closer; when one eye diverges or loses focus, this means that the other eye is dominant. If one eye loses focus too soon, you may be suffering from binocularity, a condition where both eyes struggle to work together to manage depth perception and visual coordination.

Athletic performance is not only enhanced in the gym; it also requires excellent visual processing speed and hand-eye coordination. Contact our local optometrist to learn more about the benefits of sports vision training and to schedule your sports vision test today.

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Testimonial

"Kasey always greets us with a smile, Amanda is an amazing therapist and Dr Clopton is so knowledgeable. And these are only a few of the incredible staff at Center of Vision. Every single member of his staff is wonderful. I can not say enough about the people that are a part of this practice. Not to mention the work they do is life changing. 
They changed our lives. We are forever grateful for them."

~Beth Ann Quigly 

"I can't imagine taking my family anywhere else for our vision care.

We first visited years ago, and I fell in love with Dr. Clopton then for his family-oriented philosophies and his fantastic ways of making the kids feel comfortable and valued.

We recently got a new insurance policy, and I was stoked to see that Dr. Clopton was on the list of providers. Our entire family just got our annual check-ups and I was immediately reminded of why I adore this practice so much.

The building is beautiful, and the staff is super-friendly. It always brings a smile to my face to see how warm and welcoming every employee is towards all the kids coming in either for vision or therapy services. The entire environment is very supportive.

The waiting room is quite comfortable with high-quality furnishings and a beautiful fish tank. They also have a kids' waiting room with plenty of awesome toys and comfy seating for the adults.

We've never waited more than a few minutes to be seen. The examinations are thorough, and he explains everything along the way. Dr. Clopton has an amazing way with kids that is rarely paralleled in the medical community. He is an extremely valuable asset to the Upper Cumberland area, and I am grateful our vision care is in his hands.

As for your glasses if you need them, I always recommend picking out frames BEFORE your eyes are dilated. The lady that works in that section is very helpful, and has the patience of a saint for working with us as we picked out what we needed.

In closing, this practice is absolutely fantastic. Whether you need vision services from Dr. Clopton, or are seeking other therapy services from the rest of the gang, you won't regret your decision to work with these guys!"

~Gretchen Kristina Detwiler 

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM5:00 PM
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

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  • 931-372-2020
  • 1445 East 10th Street Cookeville, TN 38501
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