Sports Vision Clinic


The UC Berkeley Sports Vision Clinic is a joint endeavor by the UC Berkeley School of Optometry and the UC Berkeley Intercollegiate Athletics Department to provide comprehensive sports vision and post-concussion vision care. Located inside the UC Berkeley Memorial Stadium, we want to bring the services we give our athletes to the public!

What is Sports Vision?

Your ability to play sports is dependent upon your ability to see, interpret what you see quickly, and respond correctly to that visual information. A Sports Vision Examination is a thorough evaluation of your individual visual system as it pertains to your specific sports performance and demands. Sports require a number of visual skills for peak athletic performance including:

Static Visual Acuity: The ability to resolve details about an object.

  • 20/20 isn't good enough! The average athlete should be corrected to see 20/15 or better. The sooner and farther away you can see something, the sooner you can react to it.
  • Sports that rely on static visual acuity include target-shooting sports, archery, golf, and shots that require concentration like basketball free-throws and penalty shots.

Dynamic Visual Acuity: The ability to resolve details about an object that is moving and/or while you are moving.

  • While you may be able to see the smallest details on an eye chart that is not moving, we assess how well you can resolve details while it is in motion!
  • Sports that necessitate peak dynamic visual acuity include any ball sports (ie. baseball, soccer, football, tennis, etc) and any sport where you follow a target while you are in motion.

Contrast Sensitivity: The ability to tell differences in subtle shades of gray or differences between light and dark.

  • Sports vision performance is heavily reliant on contrast sensitivity. How you judge the trajectory of a ball or notice differences in your visual scene is dependent not only on your eyes but your visual environment. If you play in low-light conditions (think the fog or dusk/twilight) you may benefit from a sports-specific prescription that enhances your contrast sensitivity.

Depth Perception: The ability to quickly perceive and accurately judge where something is in space.

  • Sports vision performance is heavily reliant on contrast sensitivity. How you judge the trajectory of a ball or notice differences in your visual scene is dependent not only on your eyes but your visual environment. If you play in low-light conditions (think the fog or dusk/twilight) you may benefit from a sports-specific prescription that enhances your contrast sensitivity.

Eye Tracking: The ability for your eyes to focus on the ball, change positions rapidly and accurately from one target to another, and to smoothly track the ball is based on a neurological coordination of your two eyes together.

  • If you have trouble keeping your eyes on the ball, or feel like you lose an object you are tracking, your eye tracking may be the cause.

Binocular Eye Coordination: The ability for your eyes to see one image clearly at all distances and locations.

  • Not everyone's eyes are perfectly coordinated together. The high speed demands of sports require athletes have excellent eye coordination to maintain accurate depth perception.

Binocular Eye Coordination: The ability for your eyes to see one image clearly at all distances and locations.

  • Not everyone's eyes are perfectly coordinated together. The high speed demands of sports require athletes have excellent eye coordination to maintain accurate depth perception.
  • Eye-Hand, Eye-Foot, Eye-Body Coordination: the ability for your eyes to accurately and rapidly direct the physical movements of your hands, feet, and body.
  • The faster you interpret what you see, the faster your brain can initiate your motor response! See it faster, respond quicker, play better!

Our comprehensive sports vision evaluations look at your visual system, the position, sport and environment you play in and make recommendations for sports-specific refractive corrections (contact lens, performance eyewear), and vision training.

What is Sports Vision Enhancement Training?

Sports Vision Enhancement Training gives the athlete the skills needed to improve their visual abilities necessary for increased sports performance. All of our training programs are created on a sport-specific, individual basis with a custom program for you to follow at home and at our clinic. Take your vision to the next level to get an edge on your competition.

Post-Concussion Vision Assessments and Post-Concussion Vestibular-Ocular Therapy.

Unfortunately, athletes in all sports are at a higher risk than the general population of incurring a sports concussion. Our optometrists have experience in evaluating the visual system post-concussion to see how your concussion may have impacted your ability to see after your concussion. We have experience in acute, subacute, and chronic (post-concussion syndrome) vision care. Some athletes vision problems self-resolve post-concussion and some athletes require vestibular-oculomotor vision therapy to get back to baseline. Please contact us if you are having trouble returning to play, returning to learn, or returning to work after your concussion for an evaluation and assessment. We also coordinate with our Binocular Vision/Neuro-Optometry Clinic in Minor Hall for comprehensive neuro-optometric care.

How to schedule an appointment?

For a Sports Vision Evaluation – please call 510-643-2860. We ask that you have seen an optometrist for a general dilated eye exam prior to our evaluation and bring documentation with you (please see referral form below). If you have not had this appointment, our Primary Care and/or Pediatrics Clinic would be happy to see you for this appointment first – please call 510-642-2020 to schedule. For a Post-Concussion Evaluation – please call 510-643-2860. We ask that you be seen by your primary care/sports medicine/general practitioner MD for your concussion prior to our evaluation. Please bring our referral form to your doctor so we can co-manage your care (please see referral form below).

When are appointments available?

Currently our clinic is only open to the public on Mondays from 3:30-7:30pm.

How do we get to the clinic?

This is a little complicated! Due to security at the stadium, we ask that you read our directions (including the map) to get to our clinic. When you get to Gate 4, please call the clinic so we can get someone with security clearance to escort you inside the stadium.

Sports Vision Directions with Map: Download

Sports Vision Post Concussion Referral and Map: Download

Listing of Fees & Insurances here

Emergency Care Information here