The way that science has changed our day to day lives is simply beyond recognition. At the very crux of the development of technology has been the need to progress the abilities of our own body. From prosthetics to robotics all the way to lasik eye correction, we are able to help our own shortcomings. The work that a lasik surgeon does is not just reserved for the common people. In fact, LASIK surgery is popular among celebrities that need to look good and be able to operate at 110% at all times. Whether these celebrities decided to get surgery for aesthetic reasons or functional ones, the end results all seem to sound the same: pure success and better vision. Let’s take a look at some famous celebrities who saw eye laser surgery change their lives.
LeBron James is just a guy that happens to like basketball and he also might be one of the best to ever play the game. Born in 1984, LeBron James is a professional NBA player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is the youngest player to hit a multitude of statistical marks and he did it with blurry vision! LeBron admitted to suffering from impaired vision and he underwent lasik surgery in order to remedy the problem. After getting the surgery done he said that he could see the rim and net clearer than ever. For literal proof that surgery helped James you can check his career statistics. James’ field goal percentage, which measures how many baskets he makes compared to his misses, rose dramatically after the corrective surgery. Since his correction LeBron has gone on to win a pair of NBA Titles as well as a slew of individual awards. Now returned to the franchise that drafted him, after a dramatic run with the Miami Heat, LeBron will try to do the impossible and win a championship for Cleveland’s second saddest sports franchise, the Cavaliers. LeBron James isn’t the only superstar to have gotten this procedure, though! Lasik eye surgery is actually incredibly common among some of the top athletes in the world and that is something that will be expanded upon as you continue to read this list.
Nicole Kidman is a true Hollywood A-Lister and a bombshell to boot. The Australian actress broke through the Hollywood stratosphere for her work in the film “Dead Calm” back in 1989. Since then she’s gone on to win a multitude of awards on her way to starring in almost 100 projects! For a large portion of her career, Nicole Kidman had to deal with the fact that she was legally blind. Kidman spoke of her life before lasik as a “blurry” mess. She admitted that she would routinely overlook someone trying to get her attention. Now, post laser vision correction surgery, Kidman says that she has perfect 20-20 vision. Kidman said, in an interview on her lasik surgery, “I can’t believe I spent so many years blurry. Now I notice if people are watching me, but I also smile right back if someone waves.” While it is probably impossible for Kidman to look bad, we’re sure glad that no glasses get in the way of those gorgeous and icy eyes.
Brad Pitt is one of the last true megastars that Hollywood will likely have. More than just a pretty face, Pitt became a true brand on the backs of his charismatic acting performance. The 51 year old actor scored his first role way back in 1964. Since then Pitt has gone on to rack up 71 acting credits and a slew of producer credits as he makes his way more into the world of above-the-line production. For Pitt, life wasn’t as easy as his model good looks and perfect hair would make it. His vision was bad, real bad, and it wasn’t until 2010 that he found the courage to go under the laser to get the lasik procedure done. Now he’s got perfect vision and no pair of glasses will find their way between him and a camera, unless the role specifically calls for it. Brad Pitt is currently wrapped up in producing, and starring, in the sequel to “World War Z”
The diversity of Hollywood seemingly knows no bounds because you would not believe that John Goodman and Brad Pitt are close to the same age! But they are, and this 60 year old actor has lasik surgery in common with Brad Pitt, as well. John Goodman bust onto the scene back in the late ’60s before becoming a solid presence in front of the camera. His work ranges from the depths of drama all the way to knee slapping hilarity. Goodman has become a staple in the films of the Cohen Brothers (“O Brother Where Art Thou?”). John underwent lasik correction himself but you’d never know it. The 6’2 actor fills up the screen with his presence alone, whether glasses are there or not.
We can’t think of a sport where vision would be more important than golf other than, perhaps, baseball. Tiger Woods is one of the greatest golfers to ever hold a club and for a long time he had to do it with blurred vision. Back in 1999 Tiger underwent the life changing correction and his career exploded afterwards. Tiger told the world that he now knows what it is like to “see 20/20” and “Trust me, life is much better when you see it clearly.” Since his ’96 debut in the world of pro golf Tiger has gone on to snag 79 PGA Tour Wins (2nd all time) and 40 European Tour Wins (3rd all time) to go along with 14 Majors. Yeah, we’d say that the surgery was a success. On the other hand, you would think that Tiger’s newfound vision would help him to see trouble when it comes banging down his door. Alas, Woods is recovering from the scandal that rocked his career back in 2010. He’s a constant television draw and the face of the sport, despite his personal demons.
Jessica Simpson not only looks great, but she does great work as well. The blond bombshell is an actress, a fashion designer, and a singer with dance moves for days. While Jessica rose to fame through her singing, it wasn’t until 2002’s MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica” that she truly started to get a ton of attention. In fact, it was on this show that Jessica underwent her laser surgery to correct her eyesight. The show followed Jessica around with her then-husband, Nick Lachey as they navigated the rocky shores of a fresh marriage. The two have since split and now Simpson is a force in the country music world. She’s transformed her image a fair bit and now can be seen staunchly supporting her new husband while raising her growing family. Simpson seems to have survived post-reality television well enough and her vision’s improvement seems to be one of the best things she got out of the deal.
Drew Carey is one of the preeminent comedians of the ’90s. From his work in stand up to the successful “Drew Carey Show”, Mr. Carey became a brand all of his own. With a pudgy face, friendly smile, and iconic pair of glasses Carey went on to take over the television set. He’s had huge success hosting “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and he is now host of “The Price is Right”. Drew is known for his thick rimmed glasses but the truth is that he doesn’t need to wear them anymore. Carey underwent lasik eye surgery quite awhile ago but he chooses to keep fake frames on so that his fans will continue to recognize him. The things people do for fame, eh? Drew Carey is also a part owner of the MLS Seattle Sounders franchise and he has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Quite a career for a funny man from Ohio.
Dennis Quaid is a divisive individual due to his sort-of surly demeanor and his certifiably insane brother-on-the-run, Randy Quaid. Still, no matter what your opinion of the 60 year old actor is, you have to admit he’s been a force in show business. Since making his debut in 1975, Quaid has gone on to star in almost 80 films and television programs. He’s most well known for “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Cold Creak Manor”. Dennis is one of those celebrities that became known for the glasses that they wore but eventually enough was enough. Dennis Quaid decided to correct his eyesight because he was “always tired of looking for my glasses.” Quaid admitted in an interview that if he forgot his glasses he wouldn’t even be able to read the menu at a restaurant. So the choice for Quaid was one of comfort and simplicity, not unlike many others who choose to get the corrective surgery done.