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LASIK Eye Surgery Helped These Athletes Achieve Success

LASIK Eye Surgery Helped These Athletes Achieve Success


Many successful athletes and sports figures have undergone LASIK surgery. While all credit the procedure with improving their game, for some it was a life-changing event.

LASIK, short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis, improves vision by reshaping the cornea to adjust focus.

One of the best-known beneficiaries of LASIK is golfer Tiger Woods, who was once legally blind, diagnosed with severe nearsightedness as a child. Woods couldn't see the ball on the tee.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Hendrickson couldn't see his catcher's signals. He was legally blind in one eye and had 20/50 vision in the other.

Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span blames his 20/40 vision in his right eye for keeping him in the minor leagues for several years, since, as a left-handed batter, he had only a blurry view of the approaching pitch.

For all three men, LASIK surgery played a vital role in their success.

Other sports figures who have benefitted from LASIK includes race car drivers Tim Bainey, Jr., and Donnie Neuenberger, tennis star Jennifer Capriati, basketball great LeBron James, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Ikechuku Ndukwe, and retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman

In addition to Hendrickson and Span, other baseball players who've had LASIK surgery include first baseman Troy Glaus of the Atlanta Braves, retired pitchers Greg Maddox, Mark Redman, and Jarrod Washburn, former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell, and retired Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs.

You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of better vision through LASIK surgery. Whatever your profession, if your vision is keeping you from performing at your best, talk to an experienced laser eye surgeon about LASIK.

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