"See the Ball, Hit the Ball"

Baseball players boost their averages by honing their vision
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2007 9:34 PM CDT
San Diego Padres starter Greg Maddux pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies during their baseball game in San Diego, Friday, April 6, 2007. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Top-level athletes are using technology to sharpen their vision—and their games—even if it's not weak to start with. Not only laser surgery, but amber-tinted contacts, and special pitching machines now help baseball and Olympic softball players hone their eyesight, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Everybody looks for an advantage any way you can get it," said Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts.The best-known surgery patient is four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, but players at all levels say they have benefited from the procedures. And advances in exercise techniques have allowed players to make their eyesight more accute without surgery.