Last night, I attended a meeting on the launch of Alcon’s one day disposable contact lens, the Dailies Total 1 and boy, did I walk away impressed! This lens is designed with advance technology to stay moist and not dry out because of how it interacts with the eyes’ tear layer. For those of you that follow my blog, you know that my mind immediately went to the implication of using these in sports and what type of benefit would there be for the professional athlete.
LASIK and the NBA
I’m a sports fan and an eye doc. So, I spend a lot of my free time watching sports and doing research on athletes in the sporting world who wears contact, glasses or have had LASIK.
This year’s Miami Heat got me thinking. I know Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosch and Mario Chalmers had LASIK (you can click on each of their names to view the websites where I found this information.) That’s a whopping 27% of the team. In the NBA, only 19% have had LASIK, wear contacts or glasses. Miami skews the LASIK statistic.
Most athletes opt for LASIK when they’ve been unsuccessful with contact lenses. Either the contacts don’t’ feel good, dry out too much or move too much which causes a temporary blur in vision. Any temporary blur may mean that athletic performance will be hampered.
The problem with LASIK is that sometimes it does not correct vision as accurately as wearing glasses or contacts. There is a possibility that the best vision a person can achieve through contacts, say 20/10, may be decreased to 20/15 with LASIK. LASIK can also cause the eyes to become drier affecting vision and play.
The Dailies Total 1 presentation got me excited because this lens will combat many of the dryness problems head on. This will give athletes an even better chance to see to play!
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