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During National Eye Health Week Rashad Hassan and Neil Watson of the Leicester Riders basketball team came to visit Edmonds and Slatter Opticians in Blaby who are very proud to be the Official Eye Care Providers to The Leicester Riders for the second season running.

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It’s often taken for granted but your vision plays a huge part in any sport. It’s especially important to elite athletes where clarity of vision can make the difference when you are making fraction of a second decisions. Timing, aiming, balance and consistency are all affected by vision. A basketball player who can focus quicker, or have better depth perception and peripheral awareness will have an edge over his opponents. This can make all the difference in the field of professional sports

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Having clear vision means that you should be able to see the ball well, but what if your opponent sees the ball before you or tracks the ball better than you can? You’re immediately on the back foot and they have the edge. Edmonds and Slatter Opticians aim to get the best out of your vision so you can get the best out of your performance.

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Edmonds and Slatter Opticians offer all The Leicester Riders a fully comprehensive sight test including Optomap retinal screening and contact lens appointments to those players who require them. But don’t forget, vision is much more complex than just seeing clearly. Other factors we consider are speed and accuracy of focus, depth perception, peripheral awareness, stability of eye dominance and how efficiently the 2 eyes work together much like a basketball team, to name but a few.

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Elite athletes like The Riders understand the need to train and keep the body at peak fitness and with vision being the dominant sense in this sport, we are proud to contribute towards helping The Riders maximise their sporting performance.

If you would like to book for your next sight test, including an Optomap retinal screening test, please call our Blaby practice on 0116 277 7733. For more information on The Leicester Riders please go to

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