There are certain surgical procedures we often hear about, such as hip replacement, that mean an end to an athletic lifestyle – active, maybe, but not in the mold of those who love to run, jump, climb and occasionally fall down. Laser eye surgery, however, is not one of those procedures. Look no further than NBA All-Star Grant Hill, who underwent Chicago lasik eye surgery and says, “I couldn’t be happier about my 20/20 vision”.
Ride the Waves
Anyone who has ever tried surfing will tell you that it requires a great deal of athleticism and balance, not to mention excellent vision, especially peripheral vision. Clearly, glasses and contact lenses are less than suitable for the open-water environment. Thus the only way in which a surfer with impaired vision might get to see 20/20 while “Hanging 10″ is through laser eye surgery.
Two-Week Waiting Period
The glare of the sun, the reflection off the water, the wind and the sea-salt spray all combine to challenge the eyes significantly. While patients who have undergone refractive correction can certainly return to the water after fully healing, laser eye surgeons recommend that they refrain from doing so for – at a minimum – two to three weeks. The same can be said of such activities as sailing, skiing and scuba diving, which can also contaminate the healing eyes.
In very few instances, patients can experience cloudy vision, or vision that is impeded somewhat by a “halo” effect, or there may be increased sensitivity to bright light. These may be temporary after-effects, or may in some cases require a follow-up visit to the eye surgeon. Those are the exceptions to the rule, though, and most surfers (or athletes in any sport) will accomplish and enjoy their endeavors more with perfect eyesight.