LASIK surgery is not only for aesthetic purposes like so many people believe. It can have practical and safety considerations as well. A good example is people who love to play sports. Having perfect vision will give professional and amateur athletes a powerful advantage. On the other hand, wearing glasses or contacts while playing contact sports might have serious consequences if they break on impact. Some of the top athletes in the world have undergone LASIK surgery to correct their vision, and these athletes include LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Greg Maddux. Here are the top reasons why professional athletes consider LASIK surgery:
1. Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses are Bad in Sports
To correct their less-than-perfect vision, many people get prescription eyeglasses and contact lens as these options are the most straightforward and easily available. Although these options help to correct impaired vision, they are not the best options available. This is because in higher risk sports such as contact sports, there is a higher chance of injuring the eyes.
For example, when an athlete perspires, excessive sweat can cause glasses to slide. If this happens at a crucial time, it could negatively affect game play and perhaps training. Also, in contact sports, glasses can break on impact, injuring the eyes. As for contact lenses, they can fall out. Sweat and dirt can get stuck below the contacts, impairing vision, causing discomfort, and potentially leading to infection.
2. The Danger of Allergies
Some people are more sensitive than others. Contact lenses can harbour dirt and microbes that irritate the eyes. Therefore, it is no surprise that athletes suffering from allergies are the most likely to undergo LASIK treatment. After this treatment, they will no longer need to wear contact lenses.
3. Deteriorating Vision
Perfect vision is critical in sports. However, our bodies change as we age, and the eyes are no exception. Although athletes might have perfect vision in their youth, they might develop the need for vision correction later on in life. In this case, LASIK can be a potential solution.
Safety & Side Effects
After LASIK eye surgery, athletes no longer require glasses and contacts. It’s important to rest completely, and not engage in practice or matches until the eyes have totally healed.
This is because if the eye is hit before it has healed completely, it could result in the corneal flap reopening. This unfortunate situation could lead to eye infection or irreversible damage.
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Now that you know more about Lasik surgery and what to expect, feel free to schedule your appointment with us today and gauge whether you are a suitable candidate at Clearvision.