Reasons Athletes Choose LASIK for Laser Vision Correction in 2023

5 Reasons Athletes Choose LASIK

  1. Better vision after LASIK surgery helps reaction time and depth perception. Ask Phoenix Suns guard, Chris Paul, if having LASIK in the 2016 off-season has made a difference in his performance.  Better yet, let’s check his player stats. Shortly after the procedure, Paul averaged 17.9 points per game, dominating the free throw line by knocking down 89 percent of his attempts making him the NBA’s third-best three-point shooter that season.  For the 2020-2021 season, Paul led the Phoenix Suns to the championship and lead the league with a 93% free throw percentage.
  2. LASIK allows individuals to see contrast better under different kinds of light and against different backgrounds than glasses or contacts. Think of a baseball player like Detroit Lions catcher Wilson Ramos, who had the procedure earlier this year, having to sight a small, fast-moving ball against dirt, grass, or grandstand and in all different types of light both natural and artificial. It’s not easy for even those with the best vision. Imagine relying on glasses or even contacts to make plays in those conditions and Ramos’ choice of LASIK makes perfect sense. Ramos publicly credits LASIK for giving him the vision to accurately see and react to pitches and his 2016 stats benefited significantly with a career-high batting average of .307 for the season, along with a spot on the National League All-Star lineup. For the 2021 season, watch out for baseball legend and new addition to the Padres’ lineup Manny Machado. He had laser vision correction in the offseason with an eye toward improving his batting average – after having one of his career-high seasons in 2020.
  3. LASIK provides individuals with “normal vision” – not the minification that occurs with myopic glasses. Professional golfers have stated LASIK has improved their putting since the hole now appears larger.
  4. LASIK stands for extreme environments. Sweat, helmets, other gear, and weather can make it impossible to wear glasses. And contact lenses aren’t completely reliable in wind, dust, or contact situations.
  5. LASIK has a recovery period with minimal downtime. Most people are back to their routine within 48 hours after LASIK. Athletes, with their strenuous physical fitness routine, may require a week or two off from their training. Managing the recovery period, including the post-operative regimen of medicated drops, oral antibiotics, artificial tears, and eye protection is relatively simple to maintain during the off-season.

Because different types of sports have different requirements, athletes should know there are options when it comes to laser vision correction treatment. LASIK is the most popular laser vision correction procedure available today because it is a safe and effective option, delivering excellent vision with a fast recovery time in a two-step process. LASIK works by creating a flap in the cornea – today most LASIK surgeons use an advanced, very precise femtosecond laser – to reveal the inner cornea where the vision correction is performed. Once the flap is replaced, the procedure is over, and typically, patients experience an immediate improvement in their vision quality. That improvement increases during the healing process.

Other approaches are available that don’t involve a flap – instead, the surgeon uses a laser to reshape the outer surface of the cornea. This is known as “surface ablation” or Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). This offers excellent results as well, and the surface of the cornea is initially stronger because there is no flap, but there is a longer recovery period. After nearly 20 years and more than 19 million procedures, we know LASIK is a safe and stable vision correction option for many types of sports – including contact sports such as football and boxing.  LASIK is approved for the military so it is obviously reasonable for athletes, but when there is a high probability of getting jabbed in the eye with a finger – such as in basketball, wrestling, and mixed martial arts – some surgeons may recommend surface ablation.

This information is provided by Refractive Surgery Council. Griffin Eye Center: Dr. Neil B. Griffin is an active member of the RSC.

Griffin Eye Center uses the latest and most advanced technology with the WaveLight® EX500 laser, the newest FDA-approved technology for Blade-Free LASIK. The laser pulses 500,000 times a second, which is 10 times faster than prior lasers and uses one tenth the energy. We are also the first in South Carolina to offer the combination with the latest advancements of both the Wavelight® EX500 and the VisuMax® laser.

Dr. Neil Griffin is board certified, and fellowship trained. The National Consumer Advisory Board named Dr. Griffin one of America’s Best Physicians 2023. He has also received over 24 local distinctions, including Best LASIK Surgeon and Best Ophthalmologist.

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