Scottish international rugby ace Matt Scott is back in prime form and on track to achieving his World Cup dream after receiving laser eye surgery with Optical Express.
The 23 year old began playing rugby at six years old at his local club, Currie RFC, and went to university to study law before turning professional and signing as an elite development player for Edinburgh Rugby in 2011. Matt won his first cap for Scotland in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations championship and has since achieved 21 caps for his national side.
He had been battling with contact lenses on and off the pitch since he was 16, and after receiving advice from his team’s physiotherapist who found the procedure life changing, Matt underwent iDesign iLASIK in September 2014. The Scotland centre had been on a break from the sport to undergo shoulder surgery so took the opportunity to address his vision problems during this gap in the season.
Matt said: “Training and playing with contact lenses was a real hassle. Being shortsighted, I struggled to make out the finer details in the backfield and found it difficult to judge the depth and the speed of the ball at times, not to mention the faff when they became dislodged mid-play. The ten seconds you spend fiddling with your lenses in the mud, without a mirror, could cause you to miss a crucial stage of play and ultimately cost your team the game.
“Perfect vision is crucial for my job – being able to see things at a split second in all weather conditions was a big factor in getting it done. Also, it’s great to think that I won’t ever have to worry about carrying lens solution and spare lenses. Despite the cost of laser eye surgery, I’d probably end up spending a similar amount on lenses over my lifetime anyway, so it’s been a no brainer for me.
Matt says the procedure was even easier than running out onto a rugby match. “It was an absolute breeze – quick and painless - and the team at Optical Express in Glasgow were really professional and made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process. The results were amazing even after a few hours post-surgery.
“Laser eye surgery was a doddle compared to my shoulder operation. The results have been amazing, I’m trying to persuade my mum to get it done at the moment and have been raving about it to my team mates and showing off that I can read things miles away.”
With his shoulder mended and his vision better than ever before, Matt’s next big target is getting fit and returning to the Edinburgh and Scotland squads with a hope of joining his national teammates in the World Cup in England next autumn. Matt’s surgeon, Mr David Teenan from Optical Express clinic at 200 St Vincent Street in Glasgow, said: “It’s great to hear that laser eye surgery has had such a positive impact on Matt’s career and we wish him the very best in making the World Cup squad.”
Matt added: “The procedure was truly life changing and I can’t thank Optical Express enough. I’m now fully focused on achieving my dream of playing for Scotland in the World Cup next year and I think my new perfect vision will take me there”.