'Greatest Shooter in NBA History' Played With Blurry Vision

Steph Curry just got contacts, and 'it's like the whole world has opened up'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 7:56 AM CDT
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, left, is seen in front of guard Stephen Curry (30) in an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – If you were impressed by Steph Curry's shooting skills, get ready for what may be coming now that he can actually see. The NBA star revealed this week to the Athletic, via the San Francisco Chronicle, that he recently got long-needed contact lenses due to blurry vision. Fox News notes the 31-year-old's eyesight issues are tied to a progressive eye disorder called keratoconus, which results in the cornea thinning out and becoming cone-shaped, which can then lead to an astigmatism and blurry vision. Curry notes he's long compensated for his condition, which made the "keep your eye on the ball" part of the game a bit more challenging.

"I had gotten so used to squinting for so long," he told the Athletic, which notes Curry may have been born with the disease, per NBA.com. "It was just normal." While it can't be definitively tied to his new contacts, Curry has now busted out of the shooting slump he was in from mid-February to early March: He's been on fire with 3-pointers, shooting 48.7% from the three-point line since mid-March. "It's like the whole world has opened up," he tells the Athletic. To add perspective on just how unusual this news is for an athlete the Washington Post calls "arguably the greatest shooter in NBA history," the paper notes: "Imagine if, in the middle of his career, Usain Bolt discovered he'd been sprinting with fallen arches and helped fix the problem with orthotics." (Read more Stephen Curry stories.)

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