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Are Athletes Good Candidates for LASIK?

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/.


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