A visual skill used in many different sports such as Table Tennis, Squash, Hockey, Racquetball, Mixed Martial Arts Boxing and driving can actually be quite beneficial when it comes to improving eyesight naturally. This visual ability is called eye-hand coordination. Basically, this technique requires you to use both eyes to lead, direct and guide the actual movements that your hands are making. Here are a series of activities, sports and games that show you how to improve hand-eye coordination:
Air Hockey: Air Hockey is a game that is a miniature version of ice Hockey played on a table that is waist-high from the floor. The smooth top of the table consists of a series of small holes that release streams of air to allow the puck to float across the table. There are 2 slots on both sides of the air hockey table which are basically Hockey goals. The aim of this particular game is to use a mallet, paddle or special striker to force the Puck into the opponent’s goal. This game is an example of a hand-eye coordination exercise because the player has to use both his eyes to track the movement of the puck so that he can respond quickly by blocking his opponent from scoring. By using the mallet or paddle with both hands he is able to guide the puck with trick shots into the unsuspecting opponent’s goal.
Ping Pong: By playing games such as Ping Pong you are improving both the skill of hand-eye coordination and at the same you are improving your eyesight. This is because the opponent in this game knows how to respond quickly to the moves that his opponent is making. For instance, he uses both eyes that guide his hand in making a quick response by hitting the ball back to his opponent.
Finger Exercises: This is a particularly helpful exercise to improve hand-eye coordination skills. It is specifically designed for people whose hand-eye coordination skills are very poor. It is done under the guidance and supervision of a licensed therapist. First of all, the therapist directs the patient to touch each of their finger tips one at a time. It is important to touch the center of the finger tips not the sides. Then, after the patient has perfected this technique, he can move onto another exercise. The therapist then places a hand at a distance of one foot from the patient. Then, the patient is directed to touch the nose, then the palm of the hand and the nose once again.
Ball Game Therapy: You can improve hand-eye coordination with a series of ball game activities. Ball games are useful in improving hand eye-coordination. For example, Rolling, throwing and catching are activities that improve eyesight while improving eye-hand coordination because of the role that the eyes play in tracking the ball and reacting to it appropriately with both hands.For example, goal keepers in the game of soccer also require this skill to be able to track the ball so that they are able to respond quickly with both hands to stop the ball from entering the goal. An activity such as hitting a ball with a bat or a Racquet simultaneously improves eyesight while improving eye-hand coordination. To make this easier you can use a string to attach the ball to a racket to hit the ball.
Speed Bag Drills: Speed bag drills are quite beneficial especially for people who are interested in MMA Boxing. When it comes to shield and attack, this activity enables your eyes to focus on a fast-moving person across the room from you so that you can respond appropriately with your hands.
The American Optometric Association’s website concludes that sporting activities are vital in improving visual skills. http://www.aoa.org/x5337.xml
Hand eye-coordination plays an integral role in a series of various sports and activities such as Tennis, Racquetball, Ping Pong,Speed Bag Drills and driving. Using these particular visual skills, we can experience a series of benefits ranging from an improvement in our eyesight to quicker reaction time, better reflexes, and ultimately, an improvement in the focusing power of the eyes. Conclusively, these are skills that help us in many everyday activities.