Sports and LASIK

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Wearing glasses or contacts can be an inconvenience for anyone, but for athletes and people with active lifestyles, it can have a huge impact on performance. Vision is an important part of athletics, and wearing glasses or contacts can be a hassle and even dangerous. For this reason, athletes are among some of the best candidates for LASIK eye surgery.

Sports and LASIK are becoming increasingly popular. Recently, many professional athletes have opted for LASIK to free themselves from the inconvenience and limitations of corrective lenses. Some of these athletes include Tiger Woods, LeBron James and Greg Maddux. Eye glasses can easily get lost or broken during sports activities and contacts can get irritated by sweat and dirt; many swimmers often lose their contact lenses underwater. LASIK is an optimal choice for eliminating these issues.

Many athletes are under the false assumption that LASIK requires weeks of downtime for recovery, which may impede with their athletic schedules. This is a myth; you can resume majority of your athletic activities the day after your LASIK surgery. It’s important to note, however, that athletes are at a higher risk of complications due to their increased risk of injury, particularly in contact sports such as football or martial arts. The main concern during LASIK recovery is damage to the corneal flap before it fully heals, causing it to reopen. Should this happen, it will need to be set back into place by your doctor before becoming infected.

The results of LASIK can be truly life changing. In fact, 95 percent of patients end up seeing 20/20 or even better! Immediately following the LASIK procedure, you should have someone drive you home to rest for up to six hours. Majority of patients are able to partake in their routines the day after their procedure, however athletes should wear impact resistant goggles for the first few months during their activities.

Whether you aim to be a professional athlete or just want to maintain an active lifestyle, corrective lenses could be preventing optimal performance. Visual accuracy is vital in all of our day to day activities, which is why more and more people are choosing LASIK.