The Envue Eye Effect

In the fast-paced world of collegiate sports, the importance of clear vision cannot be overstated. For the talented athletes of Howard University’s Men’s Basketball Team, visual precision on the court is essential. Recognizing the significance of optimizing peak performance, Howard University Men’s Basketball players joined forces with ENVUE, the leading eye care center in the DMV, to undergo SMILE LASIK, a revolutionary laser eye surgery. 

During the 2023-24 season began, several players from Howard University Men’s Basketball team underwent SMILE LASIK. What is SMILE LASIK? It is the next generation of LASIK. SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction and is a minimally invasive laser procedure designed to correct myopia and astigmatism. In 22.3 seconds, a laser creates a contact lens-like shape in the cornea that is removed through a small incision. Given the precision and rapid recovery, SMILE LASIK has become a game-changer for the U.S. military, first responders, and athletes seeking to elevate their performance without the hindrance of a LASIK flap or corrective eyewear. In fact, two players underwent SMILE laser eye surgery and played in games in the same week. Their recovery was very fast which is why SMILE LASIK is popular with the military. The players did so well after surgery that they started calling it “The Envue Eye Effect”.

A person in a basketball jersey. Basketball Player #3 on Howard University on the court during a game.

Dr. Rivers was the first surgeon in the U.S. military to perform the SMILE procedure. Recognizing the benefits of LASIK-like visual recovery with the flapless stability of PRK, the military offers SMILE for Warfighter readiness and enhancement. Upon retiring from active duty, Dr. Rivers wanted to offer the same advanced technology to patients, becoming the first in the DMV to offer SMILE laser eye surgery. Envue boasts cutting-edge technology, a team of skilled professionals, and a commitment to personalized patient care – all factors that align seamlessly with the athletes’ pursuit of top-tier vision and performance.

The collaboration between Howard University Men’s Basketball players and Envue is just a start. By choosing SMILE LASIK, these athletes are not only enhancing their performance but also setting a precedent for the importance of vision care in sports. This collaboration aims to inspire athletes and the broader active lifestyle community to consider the benefits of advanced eye care in achieving their goals.

As the Howard University Men’s Basketball players continue to shine on the court with “The Envue Eye Effect”, the partnership with Envue also highlights the synergy of sports and medicine. Envue and Howard University Men’s Basketball Team are not just transforming vision; they are shaping the future of sports and inspiring a community to see beyond the boundaries of what’s possible.

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