Chloe Rogers is targeting a place at the 2012 Olympics and needs perfect eyesight
A British Olympic hockey player has had her eyesight and sport awareness vision tested by Braintree opticians.
Sport Vision are on the High Street, based at Patrick and Menzies in the town and were awarded National Sports Vision practice of the year.
Chloe from Dunmow, visited the Olympic Stadium this week, to mark two years until the start of the London Games.
Optometrist, Gavin Rebello told BBC Essex: "When I look at an athlete I look at how they see for their sport."
Lots of the sports tests looked at Chloe's reaction times
"What we see is a small part of how vision influences sport, it is how we see and how those muscles co-ordinate which impacts on sport," he said.
England's male hockey players have had regular vision training for nearly three years and this has included working on Nintendo Wii computer games for short periods.
"We sometimes do use computer software to enhance eye muscle, so there is a place for the Wii in our training programme," he said.
At the recent
National Optician Awards
in April the Essex practice won the top gong for performance vision analysis.
"We are the best in the country for performance eyesight care," said Gavin.
"Chloe is local and we are very proud of her success and she has just won
bronze at the Champions Trophy.
"Part of seeing Chloe was to highlight to the sporting world that with 2012 coming up in 2 years time, we need our athletes at peak performance."
This kind of sport vision can be useful to athletes on the pitch
"And vision is one of those factors that needs to be addressed," he added.
played at the Beijing Olympics with the British hockey team and has been a regular in the England set-up since making her senior debut in 2003.
Chloe said the session in Braintree had been positive and useful.
"I had a basic eye test and it came out as perfect sight, then they went into more sport related tests," she said.
Chloe said it had been an interesting experience.