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Can I have laser eye surgery even though I play rugby?

Published on 24th September 2012

Laser eye surgery is certainly suitable if you play rugby. There are two main procedure types in refractive surgery; LASIK and LASEK. LASIK involves creating a flap on the cornea and LASEK is a surface treatment.

It may well be that LASEK is marginally a safer option if you play physical contact sports, though this really is best discussed with your treating surgeon.

Here at Visualase, your consultation is performed by your treating surgeon so you will have the opportunity to talk about any specific visual requires regarding your hobbies.


All eye surgical procedures carry a level of risk including not obtaining the desired outcome, through to varying levels of visual loss. Your eye surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits, including ones specific to your circumstances, at the time of your pre-operative consultation.