Update: Dan Uggla’s LASIK Surgery a Success
Recently, it was announced that Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was taking a break from the field to undergo LASIK corrective eye surgery. The player’s astigmatism, which causes blurred vision, was affecting his ability to play baseball. Now, MLB.com has reported that Uggla’s procedure was a success, and it will only be a matter of time until he is able to return to the game.
A big shift in sight
Before undergoing the procedure, Uggla had a vision of 20/30, which made it difficult for him to stay on top of his game. Now that he has undergone the procedure, his eyesight as returned to the 20/15 he had for much of his time in the big leagues, which will hopefully help him improve his game.
“It was not a huge problem in everyday life,” the second baseman told the news source. “But when you are trying to make a living by hitting a baseball, it can create a problem.”
Though Uggla is likely excited about his laser eye surgery results, he’s still on the disability list and won’t be able to return to the game right away. However, he has resumed batting practice with his fellow teammates already, and he will possibly be assigned to a Minor League rehab program later this month. He’s officially off the disability list on Aug. 28, at which point the player may be able to return to his normal routine.
LASIK popular among sports players
Because vision is such an important part of an athlete’s career, it should come as no surprise that there are many other members of the sports world who have undergone laser eye surgery.
Major League baseball players Brian Bocock of the San Francisco Giants, Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals and Wyatt Toregas of the Cleveland Indians have all visited a LASIK surgeon, according to Bleacher Report. Even Olympic athletes have had the procedure done, including figure skater Dorothy Hamill and hurdle-jumper (and gold medal winner) Derrick Adkins.
Even if you’re not an athlete, it’s possible that LASIK surgery could help you perform better in your career, provided you use your eyes to get work done. If you’re considering the procedure, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK eye surgery.