Republic of South Africa here we come. To enjoy the footwork of great artists and hopefully not the “hand of God”. We need good vision to see the game

Many LASIK patients might wonder if having LASIK is a risk for soccer (football) players or for other sports. Is it safe for a soccer player to have LASIK? Is it safe for a football player to have LASIK?

Soccer and Football With soccer appreciation throughout the world, being at an all-time high, and Donovan and Beckham increasing the interest in the US; many people might wonder if having LASIK is dangerous for the many soccer players (and even American football players) who have had the laser eye vision procedure. Some might wonder if LASIK causes a weakening of the eyeball which could have negative effects upon soccer or football players. Research studies by the US military have concluded that the eye is capable of high degrees of stress following LASIK eye surgery with little or no risk.

After  LASIK eye surgery, patients will be instructed to refrain from physical sports (such as soccer and football) for a period of two weeks. During this time, the eye will heal and will return to a strength very similar to what it was before LASIK. Studies show that there is no loss in cornea integrity in a LASIK procedure that was performed on a well-qualified LASIK candidate. In fact, LASIK can often result in improved vision that can translate into improved athletic performance. Soccer and football players will appreciate the fact that they no longer depend upon glasses or contact lenses. They will discover that soccer and football can be even more enjoyable when played following LASIK eye surgery. Some might even realize that their vision has improved and that after LASIK their performance in soccer or football is also improved.

Part of the requirement not to play sports or exercise immediately after LASIK or other laser eye surgery is to prevent infection. Numerous bacteria are contained within the eyelashes and on the skin around the eye. Sweat from exertion can contain these bacteria which could wash into the eye. For this same reason bathing and showers must be performed with a high degree of caution so that water or fluids do not enter the eye.

Enjoy the beautiful game and enjoy your new vision. Los Angles LASIK can be an advantage in playing soccer or football. Without glasses or contact lenses, the game can be even more enjoyable. Sports participants could love their sport even more following LASIK eye surgery. We would like to thank the tireless AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) for striving to make it easily accesible in this country.

If the Doc feels you are not a candidate for lasik you can still have one of various other procedures like Intacs.