|Bad eyesight keeping you from swimming well?|
This is a guest post from Jason Sanderson, an extremely keen swimmer who uses the sport as a great way to keep fit and healthy. He often seeks to compete in local events around him and enjoys the social aspects that have appeared with his local sporting club.
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One of the unexpected advantages of laser eye surgery is the freedom it can give to dedicated swimmers. More than 10 million people enjoy swimming in the UK, and many, many millions more around the world, but having poor vision can often spoil your enjoyment of the sport. If you can’t see to the end of your lane, the landmark or buoy during your open water swim, your pulling away competitors during triathlon swims, your coach, the pace clock or even the scoreboard, it’s very difficult to be ahead of the game, particularly if you swim competitively or plan to join the ever popular triathlete crowd.
Swimming in contact lenses is not generally recommended due to the high chlorine concentration in the pool water and open water bacteria which can cause eye infections in soft lenses. Furthermore, it is quite easy to lose a contact lens in a swimming pool and pretty much impossible to find it again. Many swimmers with poor eye sight wear prescription swimming goggles. However, these can be uncomfortable if worn for long periods of time and in the long-term can prove more expensive than laser eye surgery. Furthermore, if prescription swimming goggles are for some reason lost or stolen, unless there is a spare, your swimming race is over.
The price of prescription swimming goggles range from approximately £25 ($40) for standard prescription goggles up to £250 ($400) for custom-made bifocal goggles. You may also have to pay extra for anti-fog treatment. Optometrists generally recommend an eye test every two years which could potentially mean replacing your goggles every two years. You may want to do this anyway for hygiene reasons. So, a 30 year old swimmer changing his/her averagely-priced £150 ($230) swimming goggles every two years will have spent a whopping £3,000 ($4600) on prescription swimming goggles alone by the time he/she reaches 70. This is in addition to his/her regular eye tests and prescription glasses. For around the same cost he/she could benefit from laser eye surgery, which ranges from around £850 ($1300) to £1,900 ($3000) per eye. This not only benefits his/her sight during swimming endeavors but also throughout every other activity and task during his/her lifetime.
|Laser Eye Surgery is painless :)|
From Swimatog Blog: This definitely sounds like a career saver for a competitive swimmer. One of my friends who is a top level open water swimmer praises the laser eye surgery very much. When he first started open water swimming (a long time ago), he too wore glasses and struggled to see during his swims but, after he made the difficult decision to undergo the laser eye surgery, he never looked back. His career as an open water swimmer has taken off: he even represented his country (Czech Republic) in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and is currently preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. So, if you do have a less than normal level of eye sight and it causes you problems in and out of the pool or open water, why not find out more about what modern science can do for you. Laser eye surgery technology has been here for many years now, is undergoing constant improvements and, most important of all, getting affordable for us swimmers who would like to finally see :).