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Is Lasik Surgery a Good Option for Athletes?

Glasses and contact lenses are inconvenient for most people, but they are especially a nuisance if you lead an active lifestyle.  Lasik for athletes is a great option, let’s discover why.

Athletes have a higher risk of breaking their eyeglasses; they experience increased irritation with their contact lenses from dust, and sweat, so there is definitely a big benefit to not having them in the first place.

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Tiger Woods – Lasik Patient

Qualifying Lasik for Athletes

Just because you’re an athlete doesn’t mean you’re immediately disqualified or qualified as a good candidate for Lasik.  Athlete patients have experienced excellent results from Lasik eye surgery with Dr. Alexandra, however you may be required to schedule a longer period of time for recovery.

As an athlete you may have a higher risk of complications because your sports automatically place you at a high risk for injury.

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Lebron James – Lasik Patient

Injury Risks

Some sports are considered higher risk than others.  For example – Boxing, wrestling, and football are risky contact sports, so you may need to stay away from the game for a little while.  It’s important to give the corneal flap the time it needs to heal properly.

Infection Risks

Besides injury to the corneal flap, doctors warn of increased risk of infection due to the sweat and dirt that gets around the face and the eyes during sport activities which may lead you to injuring your eyes by rubbing.

Injury and infection aside, there are many other indicators to determine whether you are a good candidate for Lasik eye surgery, and the only way to find out is ask a Lasik specialist.

There are many professional athletes that have experienced positive results, but they made the commitment, and dedicated the proper time required to heal properly.

A full list of professional athletes that have had Lasik eye surgery.

Although glasses and lenses aid the athlete’s vision, they do not compare to the comfort and benefits of being free from them, and they aren’t considered an ideal long term solution by most players and coaches.

Your Lasik surgeon will also evaluate current vision conditions before deciding on Lasik for athletes or any other patients, here’s an entire list of conditions Lasik will treat.

If you lead an active lifestyle, play sports casually or professionally, you owe it to yourself to find out more about the benefits of Lasik.  While you may need to stay away from the sports for a little while, it is well worth the time vested.

Schedule a complimentary Lasik consultation with our leading Orange County Lasik specialist Dr. Alexandra in Irvine.

She will outline the entire process and answer any questions you may have, this will help you make an informed decision about your vision and whether Lasik is right for you as an athlete.

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