Vision and sport

12 de April de 2022

Eye health and sports performance

Sport is a health activity that is generally favourable to our eyesight. Combining a balanced diet and good lifestyle habits helps prevent systemic or general diseases such as high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, heart disease or diabetes, which directly and often severely affect the retina, a highly vascularised tissue.

Furthermore, in an increasingly “myopised” society due to the sedentary lifestyle and the increasing importance of near vision in front of all types of screen, sports and outdoor leisure activities provide an opportunity to break this dynamic and keep our eye health in shape.

Sport is a health activity that is generally favourable to our eyesight

Sport can therefore be another incentive in prevention and in attempting to develop our visual potential to the full. Just as it is important for people who do physical exercise to undergo medical check-ups, regular ophthalmic tests are equally essential. These examinations can diagnose disorders that may progress without symptoms, and discover the appearance or the increase in refraction problems or other visual restrictions that determine our relationship with sport.

Vision and sport

Binocular vision and stereopsis, which enables you to see in relief and to perceive depth, or peripheral vision that enables you to detect and respond to visual stimuli located around the central point of vision and that is extremely useful when “looking at the hoop, the goal or the net while bouncing or kicking the ball or organising play”.

Sport is a health activity that is generally favourable to our eyesight.

It is also important to bear in mind the main threats to vision in sports, such as bruises and ball impacts, sun radiation, contact with chlorine and other chemical agents, foreign bodies and the effects of the weather on the eye. Based on this, it offers practical preventive advice, including the use of eye protection with special goggles for sport, or avoiding contact lenses in water sports to avoid infection.

Correctly applying these basic measures and the appropriate treatments in the event of eye disorders and/or refractive errors are essential in minimising risk and making the most of our visual skills in sports. Along these lines, it is important to note that having a disease or having had eye surgery does not necessarily hinder or rule out any sporting hobbies, provide you remember the recommendations and indications of your ophthalmologist.

IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
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By car

GPS navigator coordinates:
41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”


Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+376) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa


Monday to Friday, 08:30 A.M – 13:30 PM / 15:00 PM – 20:00 PM

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