Freeman to visit eye doctor again Tuesday

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.”

27 comments Add your comment

Ted

May 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Hope his vision is better than Frank Wren’s.

Kathy

May 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

How frustrating for Freddie, I know he wants to be in the lineup. We need him in there. See better soon, Freddie!

Another Voice

May 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

If you have to have eye problems as an athlete, you want to be Dr. Kozarsky’s patient. He is truly the best – and that’s coming from someone who had severe cornea problems and extreme myopiz (20/1350 in the better eye – meaning what you see at 1350 ft, I could see only at 20 ft.).

crashandburnedbraves

May 28th, 2012
2:24 pm

Maybe the other Fredi can go with him because he seemingly can’t see the trainwreck that he manages. 5-0 Cards in the 4th. Hanson is being left in to take one for the team.

Biff Pocoroba

May 28th, 2012
2:27 pm

Maybe this team just needs a third hitting coach and then they could turn it around.

crashandburnedbraves

May 28th, 2012
2:30 pm

Hanson pulled. Medlen is now the new meat on the grill.

JC Boscan III

May 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

As was brilliantly posted over the weekend, if the Braves force Freddie to watch all of this past week’s performances back to back, THAT should cure him of dry eyes. It sure made any legit Braves fan to have watery, tear-filled eyes…………….sigh. GO BRAVES!!!!

Jack G

May 28th, 2012
2:48 pm

Time to change Doctors. His current Doctor is not getting the job done. Just left alone, his eyes should have cured themselves by now.

I luv Fredi

May 28th, 2012
2:50 pm

Heyward’s problem is so simple to fix a little league coach could do it. His stride is toward shortstop, not the pitcher, because he starts out pointed to second. So he starts open and closes, like Gallaraga. But he doesn’t have the compact swing the big cat had. So his mind tries to correct himself midswing and he gets jammed or misses. If he would start pointed to the pitcher and think “up the middle”, it would be a success. If he can’t make that adjustment, then he needs to be sent down till he gets it right.

Jack G

May 28th, 2012
2:52 pm

The Braves remind me of an old car I use to have.
The carburetor didnt carb, the generator didnt gen and the pistons didnt work either.

The braves are the same as that old car.
The batters dont hit, the pitchers dont pitch, and the Manager dont work either

[...] ordered some prescription sports goggles and Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that that he’ll be examined tomorrow by a [...]

Ralph

May 28th, 2012
3:19 pm

I have had dry eyes for thirty years and when they are severe I use fluoromethalone for a short term. This is a perscription optical steroid that will clear up the irritation in a few days. That plus regular use of fish oils, flax oils and genteel eye gel has saved my life many times. Maybe Freddie can give this a try.

BravesfaninWis

May 28th, 2012
3:27 pm

The Braves can screw themselves. Not showing one single ounce of support for these losers the rest of the season. You all make millions a year and play with no heart. I have seen little league players play with more heart and determination than you f’n losers.

I was gone for 1 hour and the score when I left was 0-0. I come home, its 8-2 Cardinals. Without checking, I will bet that it was that useless piece of crap red head that opened the flood gates on this game. I am so sick of this piece of crap pitching staff and this crap makeshift offense. This team is a embarrassment to all Braves fans, and should be the laughing stock of MLB. See ya next year losers, and that’s only if you completely re haul this piece of crap team you have.

David S.

May 28th, 2012
3:43 pm

Braves need pitching… They were finally hitting.. runs are up compare to last year… now some injuries… pitching cant support the injuries… now affecting the hitting… the hitting will come back, but some on the pitching staff couldnt pitch there way out of a wet paper sack… Braves need to get another pitcher soon and there are two on that rotaion that can go elsewhere…

Gene

May 28th, 2012
4:42 pm

First to last place in a little over a week. That must be a record.

T

May 28th, 2012
7:48 pm

It’s true this losing sucks. It’s hard to win games when half the lineup is sick or hurt. I’m not giving up that easy. When the Braves get the guys back in there healthy, it will turn around…it always does!! How about sitting Minor down for awhile and taking Medlen from the bullpen? The staff is GOOD!! They can battle, grind, and pitch their butts off!! Hitting will come around too. Being patient and not swinging at the first pitch is a good thing. They’re to anxious to get something going. Evwrthing will turn around!!! :)

TexasRose

May 28th, 2012
8:30 pm

Solving Freeman’s eye problems is taking way too long…sounds like he has a multitude of issues… scratched corneas (should have healed long ago), dry eyes, burning eyes…the delivery of the assorted goggles, glasses and contacts is being handled on an ‘urgent, same day service’ basis.

I think a consultation with another eye doctor or medical school specialist would serve him well.

PS – I have had all the issues he is facing and nothing took more than a couple of days…

sdaniel

May 29th, 2012
8:38 am

I have extremely dry eyes and Freeman should start using Restatsis,although it takes a few months to start making your own tears, it has really helped me

J

May 29th, 2012
8:50 am

Really? They’re playing bad for less than 2 weeks and everyone is acting like they’re the expansion New York Mets or something? They had to be good enough to be in first place in order to fall out of first place. No team’s going to win all their games all year long. The commenters on this page make me a little sick.

stew

May 29th, 2012
9:16 am

Just don’t start Hinske. Replace Pastor with Simmons. Chuck Diaz and the third basemen from Cincy.

[...] Freeman (vision problems) missed the entire weekend as he waits for a pair sport goggles to arrive on Tuesday. I can’t believe it takes 3+ days for a pair goggles to get delivered to Atlanta. [...]

George Allen

May 29th, 2012
12:14 pm

Why doesn’t ATL consider calling up Ernesto Mehji or however you spell it, from Gwinnett until Freddie is better? He’s batting .307 or something with 8 HRs. Can’t they option him for a period? That would give us a right hander and left-hander until Freddie returns!

JOAN OWEN

May 29th, 2012
1:29 pm

Freddie Freeman sits on the bench in his eyeglasses, watching this team struggle mightily in all areas. Brian McCann, on the other hand, is pressed into service the other night before Boscan was called up. He looked like death warmed over yet he still went out there in his condition to do what he could. Somebody tell me why this wimp could not do the same. So his peripheral vision is not what it should be. Can he not turn his head from side to side to respond to whatever the situation calls for? So his eyes are dry. Well, Bubba, they’re gonna get a whole lot drier as you get older. Does Federal Express not deliver from wherever he ordered this special eye wear to the stadium? Just more excuses. Sad, because he does have potential.

Mark's for the Braves

May 29th, 2012
2:03 pm

Freddie looked so hopeless sitting in the dugout yesterday. I just can’t understand how someone’s vision could get that bad that quick. Could he not even pinch hit or pinch run? I personally would feel guilty not doing anything while the team is falling apart–good vision or not!

Ken

September 3rd, 2012
1:33 am

The Atlanta braves stink, the biggest losers, they prove that every year! One championship against a loser Indian team and in a strike shortened season too! That’s funny, go braves and take the loser falcons and the loser hawks with ya! Chipper Jones is just as big of a loser, lol, where’s your trophy sorry braves, ha you ain’t got one in my book!

Lakeshia Vanauker

June 20th, 2013
2:40 pm

Ophthalmologists are physicians. They went to medical school. After school, they had a one-year internship and a residency of three or more years.*-^,

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