3 Ways LASIK Improves Performance On and Off the Field

Are you ready for some preseason football? More importantly, are your eyes ready?

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, an armchair quarterback or content to watch on the sidelines, you’ll probably do it all more effectively with better eyesight. For anyone considering a Detroit LASIK procedure, here are three important ways your performance improves after LASIK.

  1. A better view of the action means a better response to it.

A football player’s eyes have many big jobs to do. They must spot teammates far afield, judge where they are in relation to the opposing players and interpret that jumble of movement in an instant to make the best move. So, it makes sense that the sharper your eyes are, the better equipped you are to perform these tasks.

Here’s where permanent vision correction like LASIK trumps visual aids like prescription glasses and contacts: It’s difficult for any pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct more than one refractive error or solve multiple vision issues. It is true that one can get separate prescriptions for each eye, where the first lens accommodates one refractive error and the second lens fixes another. (After some period of adjustment, you could essentially “train” your eyes to use this combination of prescriptions.) However, this “fix” is less than ideal and doesn’t provide the same nuanced visual acuity that permanent vision correction can.

With LASIK or a LASIK alternative, the patient’s profession, lifestyle, hobbies and goals are all taken into consideration to arrive at an extremely specific, highly personalized surgical plan. Vision in each eye is optimized so that both eyes work together to function as the patient needs them to function. Whether you’re a star pro quarterback with a stadium to view, or a fantasy football player keeping an eye on the small print, your vision correction plan will meet your unique needs.

  1. LASIK makes for a safer job (even if your job isn’t running for touchdowns or sacking quarterbacks).

Many elite athletes avoid wearing eyeglasses on the field, either for safety reasons, comfort or both. For football players, glasses are not easily compatible with a snug helmet and the heavy impacts of a contact sport. Lenses and frames can break, potentially causing an injury to the eyes or face.

While contact lenses aren’t likely to get damaged on the field, it is common for dust, grit and debris to get trapped under a lens, or for a lens to fall out mid-play. (The same frustrations many people experience in their daily lives.) And after long-term use, it’s possible to develop painful contact lens intolerance (CLI), which can make contact lens use next to impossible. Common symptoms of CLI include:

Many high-performing athletes eliminate this common complication by getting LASIK vision correction and ditching glasses and contacts for good. 

And with the latest advances in laser vision correction, like the Zeiss SMILE procedure available at Lake Lazer Eye Center, most patients are back to their normal activities within 24 hours. Quick recovery + life-changing results = Zeiss SMILE is a winner!

  1. When 90 percent of the game is mental, the mental boost from LASIK is priceless.

We often hear from patients about the boost in confidence they get from sharper vision. Imagine getting that shot in the arm when your job relies on your eyesight – and your moxie!

When former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber got LASIK in 2000, midway through his 10-year career, his already stellar record only improved. He went on to 1,300 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns a couple of years later. When he retired in 2006, he had three pro bowls and an NFC Championship to crow about.

No matter how you work or play, you just might do it better after LASIK. The first step to finding out is to see if you’re a candidate for Zeiss SMILE or SoftTouch LASIK, or simply call Lake Lazer Eye Center for a free consultation with Dr. Khambati, (586) 792-3891.

Lake Lazer Eye Center offers up-front pricing, and convenient and affordable payment plans for SoftTouch LASIK and the Zeiss SMILE procedure. Dr. Khambati has helped thousands of Detroit LASIK patients and many from all over the world escape the restrictions of glasses and contacts. In the event that you’re not a candidate for vision correction, we’ll assist you with a contact lens evaluation or a selection of designer and specialty eyewear.