Laser Eye Surgery for Contact Sports Athletes in Melbourne
Contact sport athletes with vision impairments, including myopia (short-sightedness), hyperopia (long-sightedness) and astigmatism, can benefit greatly from PRK surgery. Athletes can perform at their best following treatment without needing contact lenses or special glasses to play.
NewVision Clinics has helped numerous athletes across Melbourne address refractive errors in their vision and enjoy the freedom of unaided vision. Below, we look at the benefits of LASIK and specific recovery considerations post-procedure.
LASIK Surgery Procedure
Just like any eye surgery LASIK procedures begin with an initial consultation. An optometrist will assess your vision, eye health and other factors to determine whether the treatment is right for you. The procedure involves creating a thin flap on the front surface of the eye and then using a precise excimer laser to change the shape of the cornea and correct the refractive error. The flap is then replaced and quickly heals. Other procedures like PRK surgery involve removing the outermost layer, requiring longer recovery times whilst it grows back.
Recovery Time After LASIK
Following LASIK surgery, vision is restored almost immediately and you can return to normal activities within 24 to 48 hours. This means you can return to playing most sports as long as reliable protective eyewear is worn for the first month while the corneal tissue completely heals. Sudden jabs, bumps and acute trauma to the treated eye must be avoided. It is best to completely avoid certain sports for the first month, especially where blunt trauma is a normal part of the activity, such as some martial arts.
You can return to most activities within as little as two days, so you don’t have to miss any training or playing time. When you get LASIK in Melbourne at NewVision Clinics, our team can provide specific advice, depending on your sport, on how you should manage your recovery period. This will include recommending ways of managing injury and infection risks.
Benefits of LASIK for Contact Sport Athletes
Having undergone laser eye surgery, athletes can eliminate issues such as:
- Broken glasses
- Contact lenses falling out of place or shifting during games
- Eye injuries from broken glasses
- Purchasing expensive prescription sports goggles
- Irritation from sweat or sunscreen reacting with contact lenses
Enjoy a new level of convenience while playing sport!