When it comes to tackling bad eyesight for athletes and anyone who plays a lot of sport, especially contact sports, Laser Eye Surgery could be the perfect solution.
Wearing glasses is usually not a viable option during sport and contact lenses can be knocked out or become irritated by dirt and sweat, which means your vision problems can affect your game.
Just because you play a lot of sport doesn’t necessarily mean you are automatically excluded from the possibility of receiving Laser Eye Surgery.
It all depends on whether you meet all the requirements for Laser Eye Surgery, what sport you play and whether you are willing to take a time out while you recover post-surgery.
If you engage in contact sports, like GAA, rugby or boxing, you will be at a higher risk of injury or infection if you get back in the game too soon. Generally, it is advised that after Laser Eye Surgery you don’t play any contact sports for at least two weeks.
This is because the corneal flap that is created during Laser Eye Surgery must heal fully. If you resume sporting activities before this and take a hard tackle or hit, the corneal flap could re-open or become damaged or infected.
The same goes for non-contact sports because even though you might not be getting tackled on a pitch, there are other risks that apply to both contact and non-contact sports:
Sweat/Dirt: Playing almost any sport will mean perspiring and possibly the risk of getting dirt in the eye. Both will irritate the surface of the eye and the automatic reaction is to rub the area which could damage the cornea or the corneal flap.
Rapid Eye Movement: While in the zone playing sports, you often rely on your eyes working fast to focus on game action. This can create unnecessary stress on the eye and lead to inflammation or an infection.
Once you are willing to put the amount of time and effort into your recovery from Laser Eye Surgery that you normally do when it comes to sport, then you should be able to reap all the benefits of having Laser Eye Surgery.