After finishing 8th in the Sochi Olympics men’s downhill event, American skier and gold medal-hopeful admitted that his vision was partially to blame for his lackluster performance, and regretted not undergoing a LASIK procedure that was previously scheduled.
In an interview after falling short of his downhill medal, Miller told reporters that his LASIK procedure was scheduled for earlier in the year, but at the time, his racing schedule took priority. On the day of the race, his impaired vision prevented him from reading upcoming terrain correctly with could cover that created flat light.
While most people won’t be missing out on a gold medal due to their poor vision, it certainly can be a matter of work performance, lifestyle enjoyment, or even safety in extreme cases. From everyday tasks like driving to extreme sports, vision is a critical element to ensure accuracy and safety.