August 12th, 2008

Voices From Beijing: Forget 20/20 . . .what about 20/8?

By Jeremy Walsh, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for PriCara in the United States, blogging from Beijing.

I learned tonight that the human eye can have up to 20/8 vision. Talk about Go Go Gadget eyes (I finally got to use an Inspector Gadget reference!)

As a sports enthusiast, I realize that there are many more elements than sheer athleticism that play a role in an athlete’s successes. It was interesting to hear during last night’s press conference about the testing The Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company, has done in the US and the UK to help Olympic athletes take their abilities up a notch. Hand-eye coordination is extremely important, so The Vision Care Institute successfully completed tests on athletes to help boost their athletic performance by improving their eyes. Examples of athletic movements that utilize hand-eye coordination include throwing the javelin while running, swinging a baseball bat to connect with a ball, and returning a 200 mph badminton serve.

FYI for fans of baseball: The average baseball players’ vision is 20/12.

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One Response to “Voices From Beijing: Forget 20/20 . . .what about 20/8?”

  1. thoth tarot says

    That was a excellent read|. Your insights were very informative and made me reconsider the recent developments in these areas. If only more writers are as informed and as passionate about telling the population relating to these issues as you, we aspiring journalists wouldn’t get such a bad rep. Thank you for expressing your self so articulately. You made my day.

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