BASEBALL VS FOOTBALL EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin

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March 9, 2017

Brewers Fans know that Opening Day is coming up early next month. What they may not know is that baseball is not just a sport but also a way to explain the shape of your eyes. You have “football eyes” if the front of your eyes are curved like a football. This is called astigmatism. You have “baseball eyes” if the front of your eyes are more rounded like a baseball.

It is important to know if you have “football” or “baseball” eyes if you are considering cataract surgery. The differences between the two determine which implant options are available to you at the time of surgery. Cataract surgery is a very safe and relatively easy procedure to go through. We gently remove your natural cloudy lens and replace it with a clear implant to improve your vision.

The latest advancements in cataract surgery allow us to take advantage of more implant choices than previously available. If you have football eyes, you would see better afterwards if we place a Toric implant at the time of your cataract surgery. If you have baseball eyes, then you could benefit from a Multi-focal implant that allows you to see far away, intermediate and close up after your surgery without glasses. These bifocal-like implants let you turn back the clock and be relatively free of glasses after your procedure.

How can you tell if you have football or baseball eyes? How do you know which implant is best for you at the time of your cataract surgery? We will guide you through your available options during your cataract evaluation. Remember, you only have cataract surgery once so it is important to consider all the possibilities. Your choice will have an impact on how you see for the rest of your life.

Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including small incision cataract surgery, blade-free LASIK, glaucoma care, macular degeneration management, dry eye treatment and more. She practices at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin.

For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit

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