When patients visit Broberg Eye Care, they know that they are meeting with some of the best vision correction specialists in the Austin area. The practice offers some of the most state-of-the-art laser eye surgery available, including custom wavefront LASIK, which treats higher order aberrations as well as lower order aberrations for the most effective form of the surgery to date.

LASIK has a number of benefits for patients. It may be especially helpful for athletes. With that in mind, let’s consider how LASIK can benefit athletes who play contact sports and engage in combat sports.

How LASIK Works

Let’s cover some of the basics first.

LASIK is a refractive surgery procedure that involves the use of a laser to reshape the cornea. By reshaping the cornea, light will pass through the eye properly en route to the retina, which is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. This enhances vision and allows people to see clearly without the need for corrective lenses.

You can see why LASIK would be such an attractive option to consider for athletes.

Is LASIK safe for athletes?


By and large, LASIK is a safe and effective vision correction option to consider for athletes who suffer from refractive errors (myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism). The vast majority of patients who undergo LASIK are satisfied with the surgical results and achieve excellent vision without the need for corrective lenses.

The Advantages of Undergoing LASIK for Contact Sports

The biggest advantage of undergoing LASIK is that you will not have to wear glasses or contact lenses. Being free from the need for corrective lenses means less to worry about while you’re in a game or competition. It’s also one last hassle when training. By not having to worry about lenses, you’ll be given the edge you need to excel.

In addition to this lens-free life, there’s also the chance that patients will experience 20/20 vision or better, which means a real advantage when it comes to athletic competition.

Additional Advantages of LASIK for Athletes

Even if you are not involved in contact sports, LASIK can be a real advantage to you. It helps you save on protective prescription eyewear such as athletic glasses or goggles, and it means greater ability to focus.

Who Is a Good Candidate for LASIK

Good candidates for LASIK are at least 18 years of age, are not pregnant or nursing, have corneas of regular thickness and shape, and have had a stable prescription for at least a year. It’s also important that patients not suffer from dry eye syndrome and be free from eye infections or injuries for the last year leading into surgery.

Is LASIK Surgery Right for Me?

The best way to find out if LASIK is the best option for you is to visit the practice for a consultation. During your visit, you will be able to learn about LASIK as well as alternatives to LASIK in much greater detail.

Learn More About the Advantages of LASIK

For more information about LASIK and how it can help you have excellent eyesight, be sure to contact our laser vision correction and eye care center today. The team at Broberg Eye Care will work with you so you can make the best choices about your vision and wellness.