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Knowledge, present utilization and potential for expansion of the optometric role in sports vision

1 March 1981


The goal of this project included assessing the level of knowledge of athletic teams about optometry, discovering the usefulness of exsisting sports vision systems, and determining the interest of teams and optometrists in the subject of expanding sports vision programs.

Professional and college baseball, basketball, and football teams were queried by means of a survey. To guage optometric opinion, separate inquiries were mailed to practitioners throughout the country.

Results indicated that there is an unmet need for vision care (i.e. screening, contact lenses, and visual training) f or the athletes. Optometrisits demonstrated an overwhelming interest in prescribing for the athlete in private practice as well as in a consultation role to sports teams.


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