Can Athletes Get LASIK?

Young woman running after LASIKLASIK is an amazing procedure that changes lives by making it possible to see clearly, but not everyone knows this or trusts that LASIK is even safe. While the procedure can seem scary and is not right for every person, it is absolutely one of the safest procedures performed today. It is among the most performed elective surgeries and has been FDA approved for over a decade.

Still, many people that enjoy an active lifestyle are concerned about how LASIK will affect their ability to enjoy their outdoor, and sometimes strenuous, lifestyle. Usually, their concerns are centered on whether or not the surgery will interfere with sports or other strenuous activities. These concerns, however, do not reflect reality. LASIK can actually be very beneficial to thrill-seekers and athletes.

Benefits for Athletes After LASIK

The primary reason people elect to receive LASIK is to eliminate the need for contacts and glasses, which are often easily lost or broken. This is especially the case for athletes who very often suffer bumps to the face from hands, feet, or sports equipment. LASIK removes that concern entirely.

Glasses and contacts can also be a very distracting presence on the field, track, or court. Having to readjust your visual aids constantly can be the difference between a win and a loss in some cases.

LASIK Recovery

As for the concern of having to live with fragile eyes forever after the surgery, that is simply not the case. While it’s true that you will need to refrain from playing contact sports for several weeks following the surgery, as long as you closely follow the doctor’s instructions for recovery there shouldn’t be an issue.

Famous Athletes Who Have Had LASIK

Still don’t believe us? There are actually many famous professional athletes that have had LASIK. The list includes Jose Offerman, Troy Aikman, Tiger Woods, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and many more.

Professional NBA player Tony Allen has even received LASIK here at New England Eye Centers. His testimonial reads: “This LASIK is great, I went from 20/200 to 20/10! It’s a good feeling not having to put on contacts to play basketball and having the stress about losing them during the game.” Read the rest of his testimonial and others here.

LASIK can be a miracle to those who want to have the freedom to see easily. As stated above, it isn’t right for everybody. The only way to find out if you’re a candidate is to schedule a consultation. Contact New England Eye Center here to schedule one today!

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