We count many athletes - from the recreational to professional level - among our regular patients. Many of them suffer some form of refractive error that holds them back from achieving their optimal athletic performance. Until recent years, laser vision correction was not a good option for many athletes, particularly those involved in contact sports. Fortunately, with today’s advanced techniques, this is no longer the case. Laser vision correction is now an option for all athletes competing in the entire range of sporting events.
In the early days of laser vision correction, and until recently, the only technique that existed was traditional LASIK. The traditional LASIK procedure requires that a flap be cut on the outer layer of the cornea in order to re-contour the inner cornea. This flap is the primary reason why athletes involved in contact sports are not advised to undergo the procedure. If this flap is disturbed in any way during the healing process, many serious complications may result, including loss of vision.
LASIK is still not recommended for those who compete in contact sports. However, a new laser vision correction procedure is now available that eliminates the risks involved with the LASIK flap. Advanced Surface Ablation, or ASA, reshapes the cornea without cutting a flap. Athletes who undergo this procedure can continue to compete without having to worry about damaging their corneal flap.
LASIK may still be a good option for you if you do not compete in contact sports. Our ophthalmologists will be able to help you determine which laser vision correction option is best for you. If you live in the New Jersey area and are interested in laser vision correction, please contact us today to arrange a consultation.