ABOUT SPORTS
& PERFORMANCE
VISION

Sports and performance vision specializes in helping you get the most out of your vision, empowering you to perform a given sport or activity at an optimum level.

SPORTS
VISION

Athletics takes special skill, and optimal visual abilities. All sports require good vision, our goal is to provide all athletes the best visual abilities possible to provide the winning edge!

  • A wide range of evidence based interventions
  • Scientifically based on peer reviewed research
  • Interventions range from refractive (glasses/contact lenses) correction to visuo-motor training
  • Flexible booking times

HOW TO GET AN EXAM

PERFORMANCE
VISION

Not only athletes require optimal visual function. All of us, from drivers to those with low-vision can benefit from what we have learned from athletes.

  • Sharpness, ability to see in low contrast, and seeing quickly are all important for everyone
  • Hand-Eye Coordination is the basis for everything we do
  • Make an appointment to see how we can help you “see” more efficiently

HOW TO GET AN EXAM

SPORTS
VISION

Athletics takes special skill, and optimal visual abilities. All sports require good vision, our goal is to provide all athletes the best visual abilities possible to provide the winning edge!

  • A wide range of evidence based interventions
  • Scientifically based on peer reviewed research
  • Interventions range from refractive (glasses/contact lenses) correction to visuo-motor training
  • Flexible booking times

 

PERFORMANCE
VISION

Not only athletes require optimal visual function. All of us, from drivers to those with low-vision can benefit from what we have learned from athletes.

  • Sharpness, ability to see in low contrast, and seeing quickly are all important for everyone
  • Hand-Eye Coordination is the basis for everything we do
  • Make an appointment to see how we can help you “see” more efficiently

HOW TO GET AN EXAM

THE
SCIENCE

“MY PASSION IS MOTIVATING
PEOPLE TO GET RESULTS”

The field of Sports and Performance Vision has grown at a logarithmic pace over the past several decades. Both the quality and the quantity of scientific research has allowed what used to be available only in scientific laboratories to now be available for everyone.

In order to understand Sports and Performance Vision, consider a pyramid, as in the sports vision pyramid to the left. Everyone’s goal is to achieve optimal performance at the top of the pyramid. To get there, though, one must build a stable and proportional pyramid from the bottom up. Starting with visual abilities that are related to each of our eyes, then building upon that for optimal use of the two eyes together, followed by the optimization of how the brain analyzes and uses the visual information and then how motor actions are initiated as a result of vision we have the best chance of reaching our goal of maximal ability, whether in sports or in life as a whole.

Background

About
Dr. Laby

Dr. Daniel M. Laby began his work in sports vision more than two decades ago with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, a relationship which continued for 18 seasons. Dr. Laby has also been responsible for the visual performance of the New York Mets and St Louis Cardinals, and he currently works with the Boston Red Sox (which he has done for more than a decade), as well as the Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs. Dr. Laby spent three seasons working with the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics as well as the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings. He also worked with the US Olympic team prior to the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and attended the games with the team. As a result of his quarter century of work in sports vision, Dr Laby has gathered a database of several thousand professional and Olympic level athletes, which he uses to guide interventions and treatments. Dr Laby has been fortunate to have contributed to an MLB American League Championship team as well as 4 World Series Championship teams.

In addition, Dr Laby has organized 3 International sports vision meetings and has organized and moderates the Sports Vision ListServ. He is a frequent contributor and reviewer of sports vision scientific publications and serves as Director of Sports and Performance Vision at the State University of New York College of Optometry.

OUR CLIENTS


SCIENTIFIC
PUBLICATIONS

A SELECTED LIST
  1. Laby DM, Kirschen DK, Govindarajulu U, DeLand P: The Hand-Eye Coordination of Professional Baseball Players: The effect on batting. Submitted for publication
  2. Laby DM, Kirschen DK: The Refractive Error of Professional Baseball Players. Optometry and Vision Science, 2017; 94(5): 564-73
  3. Laby DM: Sports Vision. American Academy of Ophthalmology Focal Points Series, 32(8), 2014, August
  4. Laby DM and Kirschen DG Thoughts on Ocular Dominance – Is it really a preference? Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, 2011; 37(3): 140-144
  5. Laby DM, Kirschen DG, Pantall, P: The Visual Function of Olympic Athletes – An Initial Report. Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, 2011; 37(3): 116-122
  6. Kirschen DG and Laby DM. The Role of Sports Vision in Eye Care Today. Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, 2011; 37(3): 127-130
  7. Laby DM, Kirschen DG, Goldstein M. Guest Editorial – Eye and Contact Lens Sports Vision Special Issue. Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, 2011; 37(3): 114-115
  8. Kirschen DG, Laby DM, Kirschen MP, Applegate R, Thibos LN: The Presence of High Order Optical Aberrations in Professional Baseball Players. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 2010; 36(14):396-401
  9. Laby DM, Kirschen DK, Strasser C: The effect of laser refractive surgery on the on-field performance of Professional Baseball Players, Journal of the American Optometric Association, 76(11):647-52, 2004
  10. Laby DM, Kirschen DG, Rosenbaum AL, Mellman MF: The effect of ocular dominance on the performance of professional baseball players, Ophthalmology, 105(5): 864-66, 1998
  11. Laby DM, Rosenbaum AL, Kirschen DG, Davidson JL, Rosenbaum, LJ, Strasser C., Mellman MF: The Visual function of Professional Baseball Players, American Journal of Ophthalmology, 122(4): 476-485, 1996
  12. Kirschen D, Laby D, 20/20 isn’t good enough for baseball players, Argus, 1997; April issue