Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Is LASIK cheating?

A while back, I did a post on how my eyesight's improved to 20-20 thanks to treatment and wondered whether LASIK helps baseball players... William Saletan today asked whether LASIK counts as cheating, but I think the benefits of LASIK may not be that clear-cut for baseball players in the first place. Saletan's article does have this interesting titbit (okay, tidbit, I'll humour the American spelling):
According to the Orange County Register, Gary Sheffield, then an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had eyesight better than 20/20 when he asked for laser surgery to raise his batting average. His doctor talked him out of it. (Slate)
That Mister Sheffield, always looking for little advantages, eh?

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