Eye Surgery For Athletes

Could Laser Eye Surgery Help Lift Your Game?

It might start with a throw that’s not aimed with your usual precision. Next, you could find yourself struggling to read your team’s score on the board across the field. Is it happening, is your eyesight actually weakening? And if so, is it going to start impeding on your performance as an athlete?

While we may feel invincible in our youth, there are a number of different factors affecting the eyesight of young people these days – think the ubiquity of digital screens – yet most of us remain unaware of the issues until it’s too late. Even worse, a lot of us ignore the signs, convinced that we’re too young to be losing our vision. And if you’re not young, well… age could finally be creeping up on you!


When it comes to sports and the great outdoors, impaired vision is a worry because it could begin to seriously impede on both your performance and fun. It’s not just about missing that important catch or throwing the ball at an off angle, but nobody wants to run around on the field with a pair of glasses on! Even if we wanted to, it’s not always practical (ever tried swimming with glasses on?)

At the same time, not all of us can handle the eyeball touching that comes with contact lenses, let alone the constant maintenance and cleaning that’s involved. Then there’s all the time and money you’ve got to spend on seeing specialists. Because of these reasons, a lot of us let the signs of vision trouble float by, either out of denial or fear.

Don’t wait for the moment you miss an important catch from your teammate, make sure you’re aware of signs of vision trouble and know what needs to be done so you can stay ahead, whether it’s at work or in the game. Let’s take a look at some signs your eyes might be in trouble and how laser surgery could be the perfect, cost-effective treatment to help keep your active eyes in tip top shape for years to come.

Signs & symptoms of vision issues

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, it could be time to visit an eye specialist and consider a treatment option to prevent further vision impairment:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Seeing spots or flashes of light
  • Sudden eye pain
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Seeing rainbows around lights
  • Floaters persistent in your vision
  • Double vision

These are only the most common signs and symptoms of vision trouble, however any sudden changes in vision should warrant a visit to an eye specialist.

Treatment options for decreased vision

We’ve ruled out glasses as they’ll only get in the way of swimming, rugby, and just generally being active. If you’re energetic and leading a physically active life, your other two treatment options will likely be contact lenses and laser eye surgery like iLasik. Let’s take a closer look at both treatment options, so you can see why more and more athletes are turning to laser eye surgery to improve their vision on the field.

iLasik is a laser vision correction technique. Just like fingerprints, no two people have the exact same pair of eyes, so iLasik surgery is tailored to suit your unique visual needs. Contact lenses are similar in that they’re designed to fit your individual visual profile, but they’re more of a temporary solution than iLasik and need to be changed and taken out to clean every now and then.

If you’re young and living a fast-paced, busy life, laser eye surgery is your best bet as it involves a one-off procedure. After that, you can forget about having to schedule checkups with your optometrist and enjoy a more permanent solution that will give you improved vision almost immediately. Contact lenses, on the other hand, will require some ongoing maintenance on your part to ensure they’re kept clean. Because of these reasons, the costs of contact lenses – while initially cheaper – will add up over time. Laser eye surgery may initially be a more costly investment, but it’ll be a one-off payment that promises a lifetime of HD vision on the field.

Benefits of Eye surgery for athletes

The benefits of laser eye surgery speak for themselves; a lifetime of excellent vision that will ensure you perform at the top of your game, on the field, in the office, or even at home watching TV.

If you think it’s time you corrected your vision to get it going at optimum level again, book an appointment with us at Perfect Vision. We’ll help you get back on track so you can quickly get back to whatever you enjoy doing with better vision and no worries.

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