Jameis Winston ‘can read street signs’ after LASIK surgery
And it sounds like the procedure has made quite a difference.
“I can read license plates. I can read street signs,” Winston told reporters Wednesday. “I think the precision in the vision is the biggest difference.”
The 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback spoke with local reporters in New Orleans a day after signing a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints — a so-called “bridge” deal that will give him a chance to back up (and learn from) veteran starter Drew Brees.
Winston’s comments about license plates and street signs came after he used a hypothetical scenario to describe the improvements in his vision. He offered up the example of a hit-and-run car accident in which he would have previously been unable to read the license plate of the car that hit him.
“Stuff like that,” he said.
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The offseason LASIK procedure is notable given Winston’s historic interception woes last season, when he became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 picks. The surgery helped correct the nearsightedness that Winston has had going back to his days at Florida State, in addition to astigmatism, a defect in the curvature of the eye or lens.
“No blurriness, and I think that’s huge,” Winston told reporters about his eyesight after the procedure. “Depth perception has increased tremendously and those are the big things. I didn’t have bad eyes, I just had astigmatism. I had certain things that they had to fix to increase the precision and the sharpness of my vision.”
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