Watching the probable Heisman Trophy winning QB of Florida State squint his way through the game this weekend was frustrating for me as an eye care professional. (I wanted to help!) Thankfully, he has been treated by a colleague in Tallahassee with what is the perfect solution for him – Ortho-K! Ortho-K is a safe, effective, non-surgical vision correction procedure. Excellent vision can be obtained without the need for day time contacts and glasses by utilizing a special retainer lens that is worn during sleep.
The non-contacts, non-LASIK solution for Jameis Winston’s squinting problem
By Martin Rogers
Jameis Winston squints to see a receiver during a pre-game drill. (Getty)
There were two questions that a national audience was asking after Jameis Winston kept Florida State’s national championship bid on track on Saturday.
“How is this freshman so good?”
And … “What is he squinting at?”
The 19-year-old redshirt freshman quarterback led the third-ranked Seminoles to a 41-14 blowout of No. 7 Miami to boost the team’s BCS title aspirations and his own Heisman Trophy credentials.
As he did so, he unwittingly spawned a series of GIFs and Twitter comments, with a country-wide audience immediately picking up on his habit for squinting towards the sidelines in between each play.
Given that Winston appeared to be straining to see the play calls from the Seminoles sideline, it seemed extraordinary that he could effectively identify receivers downfield as the team yet again topped 40 points in collecting its eighth straight victory.
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher cleared up the confusion in his Monday press conference.
“[Winston] has contacts but he doesn’t like wearing them,” Fisher said. “He has a very minimal prescription, I guess. It is just at night he has a hard time with the lights sometimes. He sees; he’s fine. [The squint] is just the way he looks over there.”
Florida State officials have thoroughly evaluated Winston’s eyesight and have no concerns about his ability to read the action on the field, even at night. Considering how he has stepped into the shoes of E.J. Manuel (a first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills) and spearheaded the Seminoles’ superb season so far, that is little surprise.
Jameis Winston squints at the sideline to get the play call. (Credit: SB Nation)
Interestingly, Winston does wear his contacts during baseball season, when he pitches and plays right field for FSU.
“It is a different game,” Fisher said. “The contacts … they get knocked out, they get loose. Sometimes he [wears them], sometimes he doesn’t in baseball, I guess. In football he doesn’t like it, but it has never been a factor.”
Winston appeared to put the subject to rest late in the day Monday when Orsillo Vision Care and Optical in Tallahassee, Fla., posted a photo of the quarterback on its Facebook page after he was fitted for Ortho-K lenses.
“Imagine how good he would be if he could see,” quipped Fisher.