Friday, August 16, 2013 by Woolfson Eye Institute
In Atlanta, the sports page has covered Atlanta Brave Dan Uggla’s travails with his vision woes that are purportedly reducing his batting average. Does that make sense? Definitely. Unofficially, hitting a major league pitch is the hardest accomplishment in sports. If vision is anything less than ideal, how could that not impact a Major Leaguer’s batting performance. Contacts and glasses are fine for many purposes, but not if you’re trying to create solid contact with a Major League pitch—sweat on glasses or astigmatism-correcting contact lenses that aren’t working are not the answer for professional baseball players.
LASIK has come a long way. It’s not only been deemed safe and effective by FDA and subsequent clinical trials, but the accuracy of the results has been improving for 20 years with the advent of things like Wavefront-Guided Custom LASIK and as well as bladeless LASIK. Professional athletes in Atlanta who have opted for LASIK include Brian McAnn, Greg Maddox, and Dan Uggla. The NBA Team LASIK includes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Amare Stoudemire. Pro Golfers include Tiger Woods, Fred Funk, and Vijay Singh. Add to the list retired tennis legend Ivan Lendl and figure skating’s Dorothy Hamil.
What about the weekend warrior? If you’re a tennis player, a golfer, a cyclist or a participant in anything athletic, you probably don’t depend on your talents to feed your family. But from a quality-of-life perspective, vision matters–not just how well you see, but how you obtain that vision. Removing dependence on glasses and contacts so that people can perform better at the things that deliver some joy to their lives seems to have become a strong motivating factor for amateur athletes to opt for LASIK.
Doing the things you enjoy without the hassle of glasses and contacts makes sense. Professional athletes choosing laser vision correction makes it easier for those who participate at a lower level to decide how best to optimize our performance and add another dose of fun to those activities.