Fall brings the start of contact sports. Does your athlete have a baseline
score for the
King-Devick test? Developed more than 30 years ago, the King-Devick test is an effective
means of testing for concussion after injury. It is an essential test
for anyone who participates in contact and collision activities.
What is the King-Devick test? The King-Devick test was developed in 1976 to study eye movement while
reading, which allows children to be screened for learning disabilities.
During the test, you are presented with a series of single digit numbers
and asked to read them aloud as quickly as possible. The test measures
your eyes ability to read and track numbers also known as saccadic eye
movements. The test takes about two minutes to complete, and it can be
taken using cards, a computer, or even an iPad.
How does the King-Devick test help athletes?
The King-Devick test is used as a sideline tool to help screen for concussions.
Once there is an established baseline, any test that shows an increase
in time or errors indicates there may be some vision issues related to
a possible concussion. A baseline is established before the season begins
with the fastest of two trials without errors.
How widely used is the King-Devick test?
Sports-related concussions are a national problem; every year, up to 3.8 million concussions are
attributed to sports-related injuries. The King-Devick test is used around
the country to test athletes in high schools and colleges, as well as
at the professional level. Schaeffer Eye Center has teamed up with high
schools in the greater area of Birmingham, Alabama, so that every athlete
can have a baseline score.
Has your young athlete taken the King-Devick test? If not, call Schaeffer
Eye Center. With 16 eye care centers in Alabama, we are your No. 1 resource
for eye exams, eyeglasses and all of your other vision care needs. To
schedule an appointment at one of our locations today, call (888) 987-2020 or
request on appointment online.