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Unique Visual Demands of Gaming!


Video games have come a long way since the days of the Atari 2600. Today, the term “gaming” is such a broad term that encompasses everything from latest in console technology like the Playstation 4 and Xbox One to the mega popular multiplayer online games such as League of Legends and Fortnite. The Internet has also transformed the landscape of gaming tremendously in the last 20 years. At the end of the day, many of the games and devices we now use to play those games are causing lots of strain and stress on our eyes and vision!

The good news is that we now have great lens technology that helps to guard our eyes from the harmful blue light bombarding our eyes constantly as we stare at our screens and phones. We have Neurolens technology from Eyebrain that helps to compensate for misalignment and reduce symptoms of trigeminal dysphoria that causes headaches, eyestrain and dryness among others. We can also train oculomotor skills to track more efficiently on a screen, improve eye-hand coordination, increase eye-hand reaction time and peripheral awareness. All these aspects of our visual system that we use on a daily basis, that are incredibly important for gaming and esports, can be enhanced in order to improve performance.

Ask about how Sport and Sun can help you up your game to the next level!   

Written by Dr. Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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