For a professional athlete, the slip of a contact could mean the difference between first and last place, so it’s no surprise athletes are among some of the most likely candidates for LASIK. But just because you’re not competing for a gold medal or the Stanley Cup, that doesn’t mean you couldn’t also benefit from LASIK. Whether you just like to play with friends every once in a while or you’re an avid sports enthusiast, here are all the ways LASIK could benefit you. 

Barry Wasserman How LASIK is Changing the Game for Athletes

More Sports Options

Anyone who has played or even just seen a football game knows that glasses, plus tackling don’t really mix. Plenty of sports, like wrestling, swimming, running, and martial arts can’t even be played or done with glasses.

Better Performance

It’ll come as no surprise that the better your vision is, the better you’ll play. LASIK eliminates any possibility of a smudged or ill fitting contact ruining your play.

Money Saved

Athletes are three times as likely to go through glasses or contacts than non athletes, meaning they spend nearly three times the money!

Quick Recovery Time

Typically, LASIK takes just two days to fully recover from. After that, people can get back to their normal routines, meaning they can run, lift, and throw just like (if not better) than before! A quick recovery time also means you’ll never have to worry about missing an important game or practice.

Still not sure if LASIK is right for you? Then check out these athletes who have all had LASIK:

  • Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat had the procedure done in 2011, after a family member had LASIK.
  • LeBron James had LASIK surgery in 2007.
  • Tiger Woods, along with other pro golfers, such as Woody Austin, Fred Funk, and Mike Weir, chose LASIK over contacts in order to perfect their game.


Whether you’re an athlete or not, everyone can benefit from LASIK! Dr. Wasserman is an accomplished LASIK surgeon, pediatric ophthalmologist, and educator. As a certified AMO/VISX Excimer Laser surgeon, he performs LASIK refractive surgery for the correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. He is also a board certified ophthalmologist and the Medical Director of New Jersey Eye Laser Centers at Princeton.

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