Baseball and LASIK

Posted By on Feb 21, 2018 in LASIK Surgery | 0 comments

Visiting with the front office of a sports team in Houston will leave a person with some intriguing facts. Those that handle the statistics for the organization will be the first to tell fans all the players have top level skills. If a person asks about other teams in the league, a statement of who makes it to the playoffs becomes referenced with the fact a playoff team on average only does 2 to 3% better than the other teams. That staff person attributes it to something unique about the coaching, chemistry between players or unique things individual players do. Elite groups compete in a way unheard of out in the ordinary world. One of the things that possibly could give an edge to accurately seeing and catching that white ball may have been the LASIK surgery some baseball players had. It has been established that at least 20/20 vision must be in place in professional leagues to have the optimum chances of hitting a ball or even catching a ball. Veteran players to undo the effects of natural aging of the lens have turned to LASIK surgery to maintain optimum vision.

What is LASIK?

LASIK stands for laser assisted in situ keratomileuses. A laser eye surgery it corrects astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. Classified as a refractive surgery. Houston LASIK has performed thousands of the operations with high success. According to the American Refractive Surgery Council the latest research reports show 99 % of patients have 20/40 visions and more than 90% achieve 20/20 vision. A laser cuts a circular flap in the cornea. An excimer laser removes some tissue under the flap reshaping the cornea. The reshaping of the cornea refocuses the light on the retina in a better position improving the eyesight of the patient.

Baseball players with LASIK surgery

Nuances in the baseball game require nearly perfect eyesight such as seeing hand signs from the catcher if having a pitcher position. Baseball players must see the hand signs of coaches and staff in dugouts. The following contains a list of professional baseball players that have had the surgery.

Josh Zeid – A former Houston Astro that now plays for the Memphis Redbirds reported that on the pitcher’s mound he could not see the catchers’ hand signs. Zeid freely admits he has astigmatism and has trouble seeing at night or into shadows. After surgery he states his confidence and accuracy have gone up.

Brian McCann – An Atlanta Braves catcher Brian had to resort to prescription glasses for a time. Moisture and inconvenience with glasses made Brian try LASIK surgery. His 85 million dollar contract has remained intact and his catching has remained at professional level due to the procedure.

Dexter Fowler – A former Houston Astro and now an outfielder for the Saint Louis Cardinals had all the right moves in all the right places except with his eyesight. A kinesthetic learner positioning his body has never been a real problem. Seeing the nuances of a pitcher’s ball coming at the plate that’s another story. After having the LASIK procedure, he became a free agent and named his price.


Join the ranks of the elite astronauts, military personnel and baseball players who took the challenge and improved their vision when needed. Houston LASIK can help with all the details.

Houston LASIK leads in providing premium LASIK technologies to Houston, Sugar Land, and the surrounding region. The center’s award-winning medical director introduced revolutionary technologies such as iLASIK to the region. This technology is used by NASA astronauts, Navy SEALS and Air Force fighter pilots. At Houston LASIK, you can now receive the same treatment. For more information, please call (281) 240-0478.


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