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2012 LASIK: Vision Problems Sends Casper Wells To dl PDF Print E-mail

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NEW YORK — History will reflect this was not the greatest of weeks for a man named Casper Wells. There could be an explanation, albeit a frightening one.


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Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013, 11:01 AM

NEW YORK — History will reflect this was not the greatest of weeks for a man named Casper Wells. There could be an explanation, albeit a frightening one.

Wells was placed on the disabled list Monday morning with what the Phillies described as "vision problems" just two days after he was the losing pitcher and struck out four times in an 18-inning defeat. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg said Wells has played with blurred eyesight.

The Phillies sent Wells to an eye specialist in Philadelphia.

The 28-year-old outfielder had LASIK surgery last November but issues lingered. Sandberg said Wells tried contacts and the prescription goggles. Nothing helped.

"He's also experienced some dry eye in the outfield," Sandberg said. "They dry up when he tries to blink. He tries to blink to gain focus. He's really battling something. It finally got to the point where he didn't feel right about that. He mentioned production and betterment of the team and himself to see if he can get that fixed.

"That is scary. He said oftentimes it was a blurred ball coming in. He didn't know if he was going to blink just right to make it clear."

Wells is 1 for 23 with eight strikeouts and two walks since being acquired by the Phillies on Aug. 8. This is his fifth team of 2013 and the first trip to the disabled list in his career.

Infielder Pete Orr was selected from triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Wells. Orr, 34, has yet to play in the majors this season. He was hitting .258/.300/.385 with the IronPigs. He will be the 49th different Phillies player in 2013, which ties last year's number with 32 games to play.

 
Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves Catcher, to visit vision specialist and PDF Print E-mail

could need further surgeries to correct his LASIK surgery…

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McCann to visit vision specialist

Braves catcher could need second Lasik procedure

 
Golfers Be Wary! Is LASIK Worth The Risk? PDF Print E-mail

The eyes of a Tiger are finally adjusted

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By Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer

Tiger Woods was once so nearsighted he said he would be considered legally blind without glasses or contacts. He had Lasik surgery in October 1999 after the Ryder Cup, won the Disney Classic in his first tournament back and has done fairly well since.

He realized this spring it was time to do it again.

"My vision started slipping," Woods said after The Players Championship. "I was getting headaches from squinting all the time."

He said he had laser surgery for the second time the Monday after the Masters.

"Mine stayed the way it should for ... what is it, eight years now?" Woods said. "That's pretty good."

Just as in 1999, Woods won his first tournament after eye surgery when he captured the Wachovia Championship by two shots. But that's where the similarity ends. His victory at Disney in 1999 was the second of six consecutive PGA Tour victories. Woods tied for 37th last week, his worst finish since missing the cut at the U.S. Open last summer.

Rare mental error ends streak for Woods (Or was it LASIK related?)

End of Tiger Woods winning streak, he “didn’t see the ball mark”: 2/23/2007

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By Helen Ross
PGATOUR.com Chief of Correspondents
MARANA, Ariz. -- For all the errant shots, the ones that landed in the water and lodged behind a cactus and scooted into the brush, Tiger Woods was undone by a rare mental error on Friday.

• Complete Brackets Standing over a 4-foot putt on the first extra hole to win his match with Nick O'Hern, Woods didn't see the ball mark in its path. Had he seen the blemish, which was "totally" fixable, Woods said, and repaired it, the ball might not have veered right of the hole.

"I was so enthralled with the line and where I had to start it," Woods said, shaking his head ever so slightly. "I wasn't even looking. I was just looking at my line. I knew if I hit it inside, left center, the match is over. That's my fault for not paying attention."

The upset ended Woods' most recent attempt to break the legendary Byron Nelson's streak of 11 victories in a row. Woods had won seven straight PGA TOUR events dating back to the British Open last year. He had a stretch of six consecutive wins earlier in his career.

While Woods said he was proud of the way he'd performed over the last eight months, he was clearly peeved by his mental lapse on Thursday.

"Well, it's not the streak (ending)," Woods said. "It's the fact that I'm disappointed I didn't pay attention to detail, something so simple. I got so enthralled and so focused like I normally do on the line, and ... something so simple like that just escaped me."

Truth be told, though, Woods simply didn't play well on Thursday.

"It was a struggle," Woods admitted. "I just didn't have control of my golf swing. I had a two way miss going today. I hit it right because I was hitting it left, and it's one of those things where if you can hit it right or left you can play for it -- but I had a combo thing going today."

"I knew it was going to happen," O'Hern said. "Tiger is No. 1 in the world for a reason, and he's not going to play poor golf for any extended period of time. The good thing was I just told myself I've been in this situation before and I know how to handle it, and it's a matter of how you handle it (that) is the most important thing.

Kenny Perry,  Pro Golfer

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From the article:

Q. How frustrating is it to still be able to hit it as good as you do from tee-to-green, similar to Sergio I guess, and did not know what stick of dynamite you're going to have in your hand?

KENNY PERRY: Yeah, I complained about that the most. I just don't read the greens very good anymore. I don't know if I can't see, I don't know what it is. I tell sandy, my wife that, all the time I say I just can't see the line like I used to for whatever reason.

And it's just, you know, I don't know, I just actually made a couple nice long putts today. I made a 35 footer on 3 and I made about an 18-, 20-footer on 8, or 7, for birdie, and so those were the putts I haven't been making. But I missed some close ones. I missed a close one on 6. I missed a close one on 12. I missed a close one on that 14th hole.

And then like on 15, I watched Nick Watney, he chipped it in, he was in the fringe and I was a little long back there. Shoot, I saw the speed of the putt. Well, my first putt, I just blitzed it right on by eight feet past. What is that? I don't know, I don't get it right now why I hit those putts. It's not like I'm not nervous. It's like I can't see the speed of the green. I can't see the grass. I can't see the grain.

That's just what I've been struggling with. You know, I've had two LASIK surgeries, I'm now wearing contacts. I wear glasses at night.

So, I don't know, who knows. That might be one thing I'm having problems with I might need to look into; I don't know.

Q. Did the LASIK surgeries just not work?

KENNY PERRY: They say it gets worse if you get older, so I don't know.

When I was winning from 2003 to 2005, I didn't wear anything, I had LASIK and my vision was okay. I've really noticed within the last year, if I take my contacts out, I can't see very good. My contacts are just good for distance out.

Q. LASIK surgery was a while ago?

KENNY PERRY: It's probably been -- what do you think, Sandy, is it ten years since I've had it done? Ten years. And I had it done twice, I had it done once and then went back and had an enhancement done. Then I said I'm not doing that anymore.

Q. When was the enhancement?

KENNY PERRY: About a year later or two years later. They say you should heal up and once you heal up, it might not get sharp so then I did an enhancement and that was pretty good.

The contacts, I started wearing them last year.

Goosen Withdraws From Commercialbank Qatar Masters

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South Africa’s Retief Goosen will take no further part in the defence of his title in the 2008 Commercialbank Qatar Masters, Presented by Dolphin Energy, after being forced to withdraw with an eye complaint.
 
The defending champion was left frustrated after suffering blurred vision following recent corrective laser surgery. Despite a whistle-stop flight for an appointment with a specialist in Dubai, the problem persisted resulting in the champion’s withdrawal just 24 hours before the start of the $2.5 million tournament
 
“I’m obviously very sad that I am unable to defend my title,” said Goosen. “I came all this way to play but unfortunately the eye is causing a problem. I thought it would come good but it hasn’t. I went to Dubai yesterday and the advice was to go to London for treatment.
 
“I have had laser treatment before, seven years ago, and felt I needed a touch up which I had done ten days ago. But there has been a bit of growth with a fibre in the left eye. It is a very simple procedure to take it out and the advice was to do it sooner. It is a shame as I love this event, love this course. I think I pulled out of the Scottish Open once with a back injury but that is all. You are never happy leaving a tournament without teeing it up.”

Pro golfer, Kevin Na

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"Just slowly it got worse and worse... I can't see balls land": 1/11/2008

From the article: "I got it done from like the world's greatest doctor. He told me, 'It might take more than one surgery because your eyes are so bad, but we can probably get 20/20.' And I had it done, and the first week it was awesome. I was able to see very well. It wasn't like perfect, but it was very good. I was excited. Just slowly it got worse and worse. Right now it's not very good. I can't see balls land."

DOUG MILNE: Out there you were asked about the LASIK surgery you had last month and how you almost feel like it had a negative effect. Talk a little bit about the eyes.
KEVIN NA: My eyes were so bad. I used to wear contacts and I'd wake up in the morning and I couldn't see the alarm clock. I'd have to put it literally right in front of my face for me to see it. They said it's like -8.5, astigmatism, it's like -10. I don't know what it means, but it means you're almost blind.
I got it done from like the world's greatest doctor. He told me, "It might take more than one surgery because your eyes are so bad, but we can probably get 20/20." And I had it done, and the first week it was awesome. I was able to see very well. It wasn't like perfect, but it was very good. I was excited. Just slowly it got worse and worse.
Right now it's not very good. I can't see balls land. On a sunny day like today it was nice, but overcast or late in the afternoon or early in the morning, I have trouble seeing.
I know, I just set up and I have Donatello line me up, and he said, "It looks good," and I just pull the trigger.

Q. Do you see the ball at your feet?
KEVIN NA: Yeah, as long as I can see the ball down, I think I'm all right.

Q. How does it affect your putting?
KEVIN NA: The long putts it's kind of difficult. I have to really feel it. You know, I kind it pace it off almost. But the short putts it's not a problem. I'm putting pretty well. It's not too bad, but it's just uncomfortable.

Update 2/14/2008: Kevin Na wearing contact lenses after LASIK

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From the article: "Seeing on the golf ball, though, has been more problematic for Kevin Na since his LASIK surgery in December. After the procedure, his vision was still so bad -- 20/100, to be exact -- that Na couldn't even drive. His doctor gave him the go-ahead to try a pair of contacts last week, though, and the results were almost immediate."

Peter Lonard

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Peter Lonard, who twice has had laser treatment to improve his eyesight, now is hoping that contact lenses can arrest his recent poor form.

Lonard is having his worst year since joining the US Tour in 2002 and has made just five cuts from 14 starts, earning about $90,000. However he remains confident of getting back on track as he revealed on his website:

“I really feel that my game is not as bad as my scores are suggesting and if I can get things going in the right direction then it should begin to fall into place. I seem to be rolling along in tournaments until one mistake sets things off so hopefully when I get back into it at the Byron Nelson next week it will begin to pick up."

"I spent some time with David Leadbetter today and we are both happy with the technical side of things. One thing I have done that might make a further difference is that I have had my eyesight checked again and had contacts fitted. I played today for the first time with the contacts and the difference was quite amazing. I did have Lasik eye surgery a few years back but it was not all that successful and the last couple of years my eyesight has gotten worse. Hopefully this is going to help me on the greens. I am right eye dominant but unfortunately that has been my weakest eye of late.

"I will play as many events as I can over the next few weeks including the Byron Nelson, the Colonial, the Memorial, maybe Memphis dependant on how things are going and then try and qualify for the US Open. I need to play as many as I can to get things back on track.”

 
LASIK Praised By Baseball Players- But Doctors Cry Foul PDF Print E-mail

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October 27, 2005 2:00 p.m. EST  

Ayinde O. Chase - All Headline News Staff Writer Brea, CA (AHN) – Public interest in laser refractive eye surgery (LASIK) is rising with many prominent sports figures advocating its benefits. 

However researchers say there the benefits for the risky procedure are suspect. 

Two university researchers studied the offensive performance of a dozen Major League hitters who had undergone LASIK. Daniel M. Laby, MD, and David G. Kirschen, OD, PhD, worked in both leagues for over 14-years and evaluated several thousand players from all levels of the sport. 

The study concludes there is no real added benefit to undergoing the refractive surgical procedure in these players. 

Also, due to the well-established risks of these elective surgical procedures, the researchers agree players may be best served by waiting until the end of their baseball career before undergoing the procedure. 

Some of the health risks players are subjecting themselves to are a chance of complications, such as slipped flap, corneal infection, haziness, halo or glare, among others. Once the operation is completed the procedure is irreversible.