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Jay Gibbons leaves winter ball team due to blurred vision

Jan 13, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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Jay Gibbons has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, but had to leave the team earlier this week because of blurred vision following November eye surgery to improve his sight from 20/20 to 20/15, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Dodgers trainer Stan Conte downplayed the seriousness of the blurred vision, telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that “it’s nothing” and “it already is a little better.”

Gibbons, who signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers after resurrecting his career last season, is slated to serve as a bench bat and compete for playing time in left field. He previously underwent laser eye surgery a few years ago.

  1. BC - Jan 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    20/15? Wow. Sign me up. I’m 20/200 in one eye and 20/100 in the other.

  2. Panda Claus - Jan 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I’ve heard of people improving to 20/15 after having laser eye surgery, but never have known someone already at 20/20 having that procedure done.

    While I’d love to get that extra edge, is it really worth the risk to make that seemingly small jump? If it makes the difference between seeing the full rotation of every baseball pitch approaching you at high speed or not, the answer must be “yes” in Gibbons’ case.

  3. paperlions - Jan 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    So….taking steroids, which also requires repeated strenuous workouts, to improve strength is cheating….but getting surgery, which requires no real effort or commitment on the part of the player at all, to improve 20/20 vision to 20/15 is not cheating? Really?

  4. drmyeye - Jan 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    As an optometrist for 30 years I have seen a lot of good LASIK results, and plenty of bad ones. Taking a 20/20 eye and cutting it or lasering it to get better is ludicrous! The odds are that Gibbons will NOT see better and he might actually lose a little. My favorite expression when dealing with arrogant surgeons is “When you teach a little boy how to use a hammer, everything becomes a nail.” This nail is getting creamed!

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