It seems pretty obvious that most sports would be difficult to play while wearing glasses and the alternative to poor vision is contact lenses. However, Lasik for athletes may be an option. Due to the nature of the surgery and how it corrects for the vision impairments, only certain athletes qualify for the laser eye surgery.
The sport that the patient plays won’t necessarily disqualify them from candidacy, it can just increase the likelihood of complications or infections after the surgery. Lasik surgery involves creating a flap on the outer cornea in order to reshape the inner cornea with a laser, which results in corrected vision. Due to the cornea flap that is created, the patient is at a significantly higher risk of complications if they play a contact sport.
Contact sports, like football, boxing, wrestling, would require a longer recovery time than normal to ensure that the cornea flap heals as much as possible. If the eye is hit or the patient experiences a trauma too soon after the procedure can cause the flap to re-open and become damaged. Athletes may also experience rapid eye movement during competition as they try to focus on the game, which can cause excessive stress on the eyes while they heal. Lasik recovery time should be taken very seriously and even error on the side of too long, just to be safe.
These are just some things to think about if you are considering getting Lasik surgery to be free of the inconvenience of glasses and contacts. Be sure to discuss all of your questions and concerns with your eye doctor. Contact Diamond Vision for a free laser eye surgery consultation at 888–678-4341 or schedule an appointment at https://diamondvision.com/schedule-eye-exam/.