Freeman still plagued by blurry vision

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.

The Braves were also without first baseman Freddie Freeman Sunday night as he continues to battle blurry vision caused by dry eyes.

Freeman, who also missed Saturday’s game, told team trainers before the game he was still experiencing the issue. Eric Hinske started at first base.

Freeman has tried different combination of contact lenses, sports goggles, eye drops and diet to try to alleviate the issue, which first arose in Colorado at the beginning of the month.

“We are going to take our time,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “The doctor said it’s a process. It’s a process of getting the right glasses and the right contacts and the right mixture of [eye] solution. … He has to be patient. He can’t go through 12 pairs of contacts in one night. That isn’t going help.”

Both Under Armour and Oakley are working on a pair of prescription wrap-around goggles for Freeman that the team hopes arrive soon.

The Braves were hoping to have Orel Hersisher, in town as part of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast, speak to Freeman. Hersisher said he experienced the same problem in 1998 with the Giants when he reported to his first spring training in Arizona.

“You have to find the right balance of how much fluid you need and it changes depending on what environment you are in,” Hershiser said.

Hershiser, who had a similar conversation with McCann when he had eye issues in 2010, passed along a tip he received to alleviate the issue. Hershiser learned to trick his body into producing tears by closing his eyes for five seconds and looking up, imitating what the eyes do during sleep. By quickly opening his eyes after the five seconds, the body produces tears similar to awaking from sleep.

18 comments Add your comment


May 27th, 2012
7:40 pm

Hope Freeman gets well soon, we need him


May 27th, 2012
7:41 pm

time to start laying off the energy drinks


May 27th, 2012
7:43 pm

Maybe Hershiser can talk to some of our pitchers while he’s at it.


May 27th, 2012
7:44 pm

This team is jinxed


May 27th, 2012
7:44 pm

didn’t mccann have this issue a few years ago?

D.A. Nuggla

May 27th, 2012
7:49 pm

Freeman’s eye problems must be contagious. Seems to be affecting the whole team, AND THE “ROBOTIC” MANAGER!

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 27th, 2012
8:10 pm

He could have had Lasix and been back by now. Has he tried Restasis?

Waffle House or Bust

May 27th, 2012
8:11 pm

Mac did have this a few years ago. I have it now and it sucks. You can have fine vision and out of nowhere it can blur. My doctor said it would go away and three years later I still can’t wear contacts. Feel bad for the guy because it is frustrating.

Waffle House or Bust

May 27th, 2012
8:13 pm

Restasis is a joke. Best thing for dry eye is organic castor oil at night. Google it Freeman. It helps.

Mars Mano

May 27th, 2012
8:58 pm

Its okay. Freddy needs a few days off. Fredi G says take 50 games if you need that long. Dry eyes is common not a big issue. Unreal.


May 27th, 2012
10:22 pm

I wonder how many games Hank, Jackie, Pete, Brett, or Michael J. Schmidt missed because of a bruise, a wittle cold, or in this case…FREAKING dry eyes. REALLY?!?! Do you think any of those guys would have let themselves miss a game for any of those reasons while their team was getting its @ss beat every night for a weak!


May 27th, 2012
11:01 pm

Sometimes our eyes get dry…but we still go to work…in AFGHANISTAN! Seriously…did somebody put this team’s heart and guts on the 15 day DL?


May 27th, 2012
11:32 pm

I had the same eye problem-tried tear duct plugs but found that prescription drops called Vasocidin (sulfa-pred is the generic) was the only thing that helps. Worth a try! Freddie always gives 110%-it’s just impossible to see when this happens.

Don McMahon

May 27th, 2012
11:40 pm

DL Ross, FF. We can’t go longer with 3 out of 13 position players unable to play. We have already gone a week. Badly, need a RH hitter who can play 1B and maybe some OF. Lefties are killing us. Heck, righties are too.

Let’s start all over, new GM, new Mgr, and new pitching coach. It has gotten bad.

David the Shepherd

May 28th, 2012
2:12 am

The team’s play & manager-in-training are giving the fans the wet eyes.


May 28th, 2012
7:53 am

I get dry eyes whenever the seasons change, or when the weather gets dryer. It sucks. Sometimes, even the artificial tears don’t help. I’m sure people think I’m a lunatic at red lights, when I’m making faces in front of the AC, trying to get the cold air to make my eyes start watering. Of course, the alternative, eyes watering like a fire hose, isn’t much better. Hang in there, Freddie; this too, shall pass.

Brad in KY

May 28th, 2012
10:59 am

The solution to dry eyes is to drink more water. Lots more water. Gallons of water.

Bama Mike

May 28th, 2012
12:37 pm

Geez what next Ugga develops menstil cramps. Unbelievable.

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