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Is laser eye surgery suitable for those who play sport?

Imagine the joy of playing your favourite sport without your glasses or contact lenses, but still being able to see perfectly. At Optical Express, this joy becomes a reality for thousands of patients we treat every year. But if you play sports regularly, you may be left wondering if you’re entirely suitable for the treatment.

Firstly, let’s take a closer look at the numerous benefits of undergoing laser eye treatment on your game:

  • Eyesight is an essential tool in sport and how well (or poorly) you can see can affect your performance
  • Glasses are in danger of breaking or falling off during the game
  • Contact lenses are at risk of attracting debris, severely affecting your ability (and comfort levels in your eyes)
  • Laser eye surgery affords crystal clear eyesight without the need for reliance on your glasses or contact lenses

The great news is, with a little careful planning and consideration you can benefit from the treatment if you play a sport. Some of the world’s best-known athletes and sportspeople have experienced huge career boosts after undergoing laser eye surgery, including Tiger Woods and LeBron James.

You will need to:

  • Think about the sport you play. Time out after undergoing treatment will be necessary, how long that will be is defined by the sport and the type of treatment you received. Rugby, for example, which involves a lot of contact with other people and the ball, will require you to take more time out than running or yoga. You can discuss precise recovery times at your initial consultation.
  • You can begin light exercise and activity after one week of receiving laser eye treatment.
  • You may want to consider avoiding watching sports for at least a week after surgery. The rapid eye movement (REM) stress on your eyes as you follow your favourite game may put unnecessary pressure on your healing eyes.

If you’d like to discuss your suitability in more detail, you can book a free, no-obligation consultation at Optical Express.

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