Baseball pitchers are the most important players on their team and therefore need to keep their skills high to ensure they see success on the field. However, problems with vision – such as a case of nearsightedness – may make this success harder to achieve. Thankfully, LASIK eye surgery can ensure that a pitcher doesn't end up struggling to control their throws.
Nearsightedness Can Be Frustrating
Successful pitchers need to have great vision to control the ball properly during throws and to ensure that they get the ball over the plate and properly positioned. However, it can be hard for those who are nearsighted to pitch properly. For example, they may struggle to find the strike zone because they have blurry vision when pitching. This situation may cause troubles that may even end a pitcher's career.
Even worse, this trouble can worsen as they age – so even if they do not lose their career right away, they may end up struggling to pitch properly. And while glasses and even contact lenses can help with this problem, they may be an issue when pitching, as glasses may fall off and contact lenses may shift and cause eye pain. As a result, a more permanent solution may be required for pitchers.
Ways LASIK Can Help
LASIK surgery uses controlled lasers to change the shape of the eye and correct vision troubles. For example, it can manage the shortness caused by nearsightedness to make it easier for a pitcher to see when they throw. This type of surgery also helps to clear up the blurriness that they may experience during these throws and can restore 20/20 vision to pitchers.
As a result, it is a good idea to get this type of surgery in the off-season. Doing so gives the pitcher time to recovery and get back on the field. In most cases, it should take no more than a few weeks for a person to fully recover. So by the time the season comes around and they start training again, a pitcher's eyes should be back to normal and ready to help them with accurate pitches.
Before getting this surgery, it is important to talk to the baseball league in which the pitcher plays. Though most leagues allow this type of surgery, some may consider it performance enhancement. Thankfully, this type of belief is rare because it is more corrective than enhancing.