Lindsey Vonn Gold Medal Winner & World Cup Champion Skier is the spokesperson for Better Vision Network -Founding Board Member John Passarelli MD
Losing a contact lens at 80 MPH while competing in a downhill event is something Olympic Gold Medalist, Lindsey Vonn no longer has to worry about thanks to LASIK, according to eye surgeon John Passarelli, MD, medical director of Long Island Eye Surgical Care PC.
“Having Lindsey serve as our spokesperson for LASIK and tell her story to people across the country will be a tremendous benefit for everyone who may be considering LASIK or wondering if LASIK is right for them,” said Dr. Passarelli. “It is also a huge honor for our practice that comes with being a member of the Better Vision Network.” As a founding board member of the Better Vision Network, Dr. Passarelli and his team of doctors and staff at Long Island Eye are recognized as an inner circle of refractive surgeons uniquely qualified to perform LASIK.
Lindsey Vonn is an American Alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team and arguably the most dominant American female skier of all time. She has won four overall World Cup Championships and won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics, the first ever in the event for an American woman. She has also won five consecutive World Cup season titles in the downhill discipline, four consecutive titles in Super G and three consecutive titles in the combined of 2012.
But despite all of her success in Alpine skiing, Lindsey was having trouble with her vision. She was a long-term contact lens wearer, which became more and more difficult in the past few years. Like most other sports, perfect vision is critical for success in Skiing. In 2010 when Lindsey started having vision problems, she knew it was time to consider having LASIK. In June 2010 Lindsey had her LASIK procedure and now has better than 20/20 vision! “I decided to have LASIK because I noticed that it was becoming more difficult to see the gates and judge the terrain as I was skiing. I couldn’t clearly see the terrain on the mountain and the slightest miscalculation could mean the difference between winning and losing,” said Vonn.
Lindsey choice to have her LASIK procedure performed by a Better Vision Network surgeon for the following reasons:
• BVN surgeons are Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
• BVN surgeons use the same laser technology trusted by NASA and our Armed Forces for military personnel
• BVN surgeons are pre-screened by the Federation of State Medical Boards
•BVN surgeons are recognized by their peers in the field of LASIK & Refractive Surgery.
After undergoing LASIK, Lindsey recently received the Hickok Belt Award in March 2012, making her the first female athlete to ever win the prestigious award. This award recognizes Lindsey as “the best of the best” in professional sports for the month and she beat out other finalists for the month of March, which include Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Kevin Durant, Rory McIlroy and Marian Gaborik.y.
Lindsey is currently endorsed by Red Bull, Under Armour, Rolex, Head (Ski’s), Oakley, Vail Resorts, Briko, Leki, Jet Set and Better Vision Network.
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