Sports and refractive surgery

Improved visual functions are pivotal to the performance of professional athletes. Nowadays achieving perfect vision is possible thanks to refractive surgery.

Athletes who underwent surgery

Improved visual functions are pivotal to the performance of professional athletes. Nowadays achieving perfect vision is possible thanks to refractive surgery.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Appiotti has been the obvious choice for national and international professional athletes to correct their myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia and improve their sports performance.

Appiotti has devised a 2-step procedure designed for all professional athletes:

Step 1

Choosing the most suitable type of surgery with the aid of the PSP (Personal Sportsman Profile) integrated platform, created by Dr. Appiotti, which allows the surgeon to achieve a visual result greater than 10/10 and a stable and precise vision that can adjust to any variation of light.

Step 2

Visual Training is specifically designed for each individual athlete with the support of professional technicians. The objective is to improve hand-eye and foot-eye coordination by reducing the visual-motor reaction time, thus improving the muscle activation time and allowing athletes to improve their performance.

Refractive surgery and the improvement of sports performance

Sports and refractive surgery: a duo that amateurs and professional athletes are becoming more and more familiar with, as having perfect vision is fundamental to unlock one’s physical and athletic potential.
Many athletes with vision problems practice sports without visual aids, while other wear glasses or contact lenses (which are usually preferred over glasses for their comfort, safety and quality of vision). However, environmental conditions, the excessive use of contact lenses and the risk of infections frequently lead to lens intolerance. Moreover, clinical evidence shows that contact lenses do not fully correct one’s vision problem.
Imperfect vision creates behavioural patterns that slowly become a standard reaction to stimuli, according to the principle “best result with least effort”. In this way, people may even develop incorrect posture to compensate for their vision problem.
For example, if one of the muscles that directs the eye movement does not work properly, maintaining a binocular vision will be more difficult; patients will compensate by rotating their head, which may have negative effects on their back or knees. The same problem is found in astigmatic patients, who tend to tilt their heads to see better if their deficit is not treated properly (as often happens with contact lenses).

These wrong postures may significantly affect the performance of professional athletes, and this is why they choose refractive surgery.

Eye clinics

Dr. Appiotti visits patients and performs refractive surgery operations in selected eye clinics in Milan, Verona, and Modena, which are renowned for their state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and laser technologies.

Contact us

If you are interested in booking a visit with Dr. Appiotti to determine if you are eligible for laser surgery, please contact the toll-free number
800.669.700

Alternatively, you may send your request through the contact form. We will answer promptly in a polite and professional manner.