Freddie Freeman is still awaiting his prescription sport goggles and some answers for his blurred vision and dry eyes. A little of both could come on Tuesday.
Freeman is expecting shipments to arrive from both Under Armour and Oakley any day now, and is eager to test out both pairs. He is also scheduled for another visit to Braves eye specialist Dr. Alan Kozarsky.
Freeman said the multiple sets of contacts he’s tried are now causing a burning sensation. And he can’t see very well wearing a hastily-made set of athletic glasses because they don’t allow the proper peripheral vision to see pitches from his batting stance.
Freeman was diagnosed with corneal abrasions after playing in windy and dry conditions in a three-game series in Colorado on May 4-6. Freeman said his vision deteriorated from a prescription of 1.5 diopters in both eyes to 1.75 in his left and 2.0 in his right.
Freeman has worn contacts on the field since he was 14 years old, but now they’re irritating his eyes. He’s also tried tear duct plugs to little avail. While playing in contacts on Friday night, Freeman went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. The Braves medical staff decided at that point to give his eyes a few days to rest without contacts and treat them with drops.
“I keep putting myself back to square one when I put the contacts back in,” Freeman said. “Take them out, put drops in, it’s irritating everything again, finally came to the conclusion take a few days and let my eyes rest and do the drops and hopefully that works.”
Freeman said he’s not been a proponent of Lasik surgery in the past, especially after learning of Brian McCann’s troubles with it, requiring a second surgery. But Freeman wants to ask Kosarky about on Tuesday. He knows it won’t be an immediate solution because patients suffering from dry eyes can’t have the surgery, but it might be something to consider down the line.
“I’m not going to lie, the Lasik has crossed my mind because this is a nightmare,” Freeman said. “I know you can’t do Lasik with dry eyes so and that’s what I’ve got. So I know that won’t happen tomorrow or any time soon. We’re going to go and talk about options.”