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Photo Blog: I Can See Clearly Now

Posted by Scott Kegley on March 30, 2010 – 4:34 PM

The NFL offseason is hardly a time of rest and relaxation.  Yes, players have a chance to let their bodies heal, enjoy some time with friends and family away from the team’s facility and then quickly get back to work preparing for the next season.

Tackle Joe Staley also took advantage of the down time to go under the knife….well, laser.  Don’t worry, the procedure was not major and not even a result of playing football.  After having lasik eye surgery, Staley can now throw away the contacts that have been a part of him for so long.

“I’ve worn contacts since I was in seventh grade and it really became annoying,” Staley said.  “The opportunity came to my attention to get lasik eye surgery with Dr. Scott Hyver.  My dad had it done four years ago and he has been really happy.  He told me how easy the procedure was so I though it would be a good idea.”

Though playing with contacts is common in the NFL, the third-year lineman recalled times when he got frustrated after opponents’ hands would get inside his face mask and knock out his contacts.  But his decision solves much more than having to head to the sidelines for a new pair of lenses.

“I didn’t just think about it benefiting my football career, it’s just benefited my life,” Staley said.  “It’s good not to have to wake up an put contacts in and not have to worry about getting an eye infection if I forget to take my contacts out.”

Staley still has to be careful initially as he’s been given a long list of do’s and don’ts.

“I can’t rub my eyes, which I’ve done about 47 times already,” joked Staley.  “It’s really hard not to rub your eyes, especially when you’re in the shower and you have to get the water out.  I keep freaking out that I’m going to go blind whenever I cant myself rubbing my eyes.  They told me that my lens would come off, but I wouldn’t go blind.  They would just have to do the surgery again.”

One of the items Staley has been given to help prevent him having to go in for a second procedure is a pair of goggles similar to those worn by former NBA start Horace Grant.

“They’re these plastic specs,” Staley said.  “I have to wear them at night for this first week so I don’t rub my eyes without knowing it.  I’ve also been really good though about using my eye drops.  I have artificial tears that I can put in my eyes to prevent them from drying out.”

As a result, Staley can see clearly now…even if the rain wasn’t gone at Tuesday’s OTA session.  Below is a video as well as a few photos from Tuesday. For more photos, view our photo gallery.

QB Alex Smith

Team Stretch

Team Stretch

WR Brandon Jones

LB Scott McKillop

Secondary Coach Vance Joseph

Secondary Coach Vance Joseph


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6 Responses to “Photo Blog: I Can See Clearly Now”

  1. By Matt on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome Video, love to see the guys at work. One comment I would have though is to turn off the music during the interviews so we can hear the guys talk!

    Thanks!

  2. By SJninerfan on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Bigger pictures would have been nice.

  3. By jumaro thomas on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s go niners hopefuly we will have the oline will be ready the I know the season is early butt we need to focus this is our staley I’m glad that u are back so that’s a start

  4. By MCAZ4921 on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    Go Niner We Rock!!

  5. By Matthew Alofaituli on Mar 31, 2010 | Reply

    LETS GO NINERS! I REALLY LIKE THE PICS AND VIDEOS. LOVING THAT WE OUT THERE PUTTING IN WORK. WORK HARD BOYS! NINERS ALL DA WAY!

  6. By MCAZ4921 on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    IF their is someone monitoring this site Alex Brown DE from the bears was just released we need to GIVE HIM A CALL AND GET A DEAL DONE. PLEASE

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