Goalkeeper for Canottieri Napoli and the Italian National Water Polo Team
Vision problem: Myopia and astigmatism
Surgery: ReLEx Smile and PSP Programme
Dr. Angelo Appiotti performed ReLEx SMILE surgery with the aid of the PSP (Personal Sportsman Profile) programme, that he devised for all professional athletes to improve one’s vision and, most importantly, make it more stable, accurate and faster at every change in distance and light.
He performed high myopia and astigmatism correction surgery (myopia -9; astigmatism -2.50@180 on both eyes), as the athlete did not tolerate toric contact lenses anymore. As a matter of fact, they would constantly move or fog up during matches due to water splashes, thus affecting Gabriele’s vision and eye-hand coordination, which is a crucial requirement for a goalkeeper. After surgery the athlete could finally stop wearing contact lenses.
The final result was 13/10 natural visual acuity.