LASIK is a great option for many athletes. The inconvenience of glasses or contacts can be eliminated through LASIK surgery. Without these annoyances, athletes can focus on the game.
One consideration that many athletes may have when looking into LASIK surgery is, how long until I can return to my sport?
While it depends on the type of surgery you had, and how severe your eye condition was prior to surgery, there are a few basic rules we suggest for all patients to follow. For the first 48 to 72 hours, we request that a patient shouldn’t rub their eyes or do anything that puts pressure on them. We also recommend avoiding anything that causes sweat to enter the eye.
After 72 hours, light exercise is allowed such as going to the gym, playing tennis or golf, but all with caution. As for more active sports, patients are normally allowed to play again after a little more than a month.
Damage to the eye after LASIK can result from pressure, trauma, or contaminants. This is why recovery is essential in helping reduce the risk of infection or damage to the corneal flap.
For athletes, having to deal with glasses in a contact sport is out of the question and the sweat and dirt of other sports make contacts extremely difficult. Of the professional athletes who have had LASIK surgery, professional male and female golfers of all ages make up a large percentage but other famous athletes have as well.
If you are looking to improve your game and overall enjoyment of your favorite sport, consider LASIK surgery. From the recreational weekend warrior to a professional athlete, many sports enthusiasts can benefit from a LASIK procedure.
Consider scheduling a meeting with Dr. James Khodabakhsh or Dr. John Hofbauer to see if LASIK is right for you.
Custom LASIK is a laser vision correction procedure that helps your LASIK surgeon further customizes the correction to your individual eyes. LASIK surgeons are able to focus on the quantity as well as the quality of your vision. Custom LASIK surgery, also known as wavefront LASIK or wavefront-guided LASIK, uses 3-dimensional measurements of how your eye processes images to guide the laser in re-shaping the front part of the eye or cornea. With custom LASIK, your eye’s ability to focus light rays is measured, and a 3-D map used in wavefront technology is created that determines irregularities in the way your eye processes images. Information contained in the map guides the laser in customizing the treatment to reshape your eye’s corneal surface so that these irregularities can be corrected. The process for determining a custom LASIK treatment begins with an eye examination and the use of a wavefront device to transmit a safe ray of light into your eye. The light is then reflected back off the retina, out through the pupils and into the device, where the reflected wave of light is received and arranged into a unique pattern that captures your aberrations. All of these visual irregularities are then displayed as a 3-D map, referred to as a wavefront map. This information is then electronically transferred to the laser in wavefront-guided systems, and computer-matched to the eye’s position, enabling the surgeon to customize the LASIK procedure laser treatment to your unique visual requirements. Standard prescriptions for glasses, contacts or traditional LASIK procedures can correct ordinary vision defects such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. But other irregularities associated with the eye’s optical system could not be addressed until the advent of wavefront and related technology used in custom LASIK. For information and an appointment contact Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology at www.90210eyes.com