County sports fans urged to get their eyes on the prize

Roz Giles
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Sports fans in Northamptonshire are being invited to take part in a survey as part of a campaign to promote improved vision in sport.

Prizes including golf and tennis lessons are up for grabs for those who take part in the poll organised by Davis Optometrists, which has branches in Kettering, Rothwell and Thrapston, as part of its 50th anniversary.

A team of sports ambassadors has also been recruited to spread the message about the importance of eyesight in sport, including head coach at Kettering Tennis Club Jon Burrows.

Roz Giles, from Davis, has a diploma in the subject and is one of only a handful of optometrists in the East Midlands to offer specialised sports vision screening.

She said: “All sports come down to accuracy and timing, together they contribute up to 85 per cent of play in any sport.

“The individual that can process more visual information in a shorter period of time and make the proper response will have an advantage in competition.

“Sports vision isn’t about what we can see on a chart, it considers factors like speed and accuracy of focus as well as eye dominance.

“We have launched the survey to find out the level of importance people place in vision in sport.”

The survey asks people to rank key factors in improving sporting performance and there is also a question about favourite local sports heroes.

The sports vision screening offered by Davis tests for a range of measurements and produces a tailored individual or team report outlining prescriptions, exercises and therapies and visual enhancements.

To take part in the survey visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3579PHZ.