NBA All-Star Stephen Curry shares the unexpected reason for recently upping his shooting game – contact lenses. That’s right, the two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, was playing with less than perfect vision all this time. Since wearing contact lenses, Curry shared with NBA.com “It’s like the whole world has opened up.”
Sometimes we can forget what we’re missing when we go too long between eye exams. Curry also shared that he simply got so used to squinting that it felt normal.
Annual comprehensive eye exams can help detect some of those unnoticeable changes not just to your vision but also your eye health. According to NBA.com, Curry’s vision issues stem from an underlying eye disease called Keratoconus.
Keith Smithson, O.D., a VSP network doctor that works with nearly all of the professional sports teams in the Washington D.C. area explains “Keratoconus is a progressive thinning of the corneal tissue that affects the curvature of the eye. This disease typically affects people from adolescence through their early thirties.”
Symptoms can include:
- Worsening of vision, often in late adolescence
- Bright lights appear to have halos around them
- Double vision
It’s uncertain all the specific symptoms Curry was experiencing, but it’s a good thing he went in when he did, and Dr. Smithson said timing is key.
“The more advanced the disease becomes the more difficult vision is to correct and progression of the disease can eventually lead to the need for a corneal transplant,” said Smithson.
Early detection of the disease can help slow its progression.
“When keratoconus is detected early, to slow the progression some undergo a procedure called corneal cross linking. This procedure uses Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and UV light to strengthen fibers in the cornea to halt progression of the disease. Early signs of the disease can be seen in any of our young patients during a comprehensive eye exam. Just another reason yearly eye exams are important, even for those who think they have good vision,” said Smithson.
Whether you want to watch the NBA finals in true HD or check up on your overall eye health, it might be time to schedule an eye exam for you and family. Find a VSP network location near you.