The Tampa Bay Times confirmed on Wednesday that Bucs’ quarterback Jameis Winston has undergone LASIK eye surgery to repair his vision.

While GIFs and videos of Winston squinting as he looks across the field or up at the scoreboard have bounced around social media for some time now, much of the rumors regarding Winston’s eyesight were purely speculation until head coach Bruce Arians confirmed in his final press conference of the 2019 season that Tampa Bay’s signal caller was in fact nearsighted.

“He’s nearsighted,” Arians said bluntly. “He can’t read the scoreboard but he can see the guys in front of him so he’s fine.”

Arians went as far as to say that Winston even has a pair of goggles that he had practiced with at times.

Then last week Winston fueled the rumor of his LASIK surgery among fans as he wore, what appeared to be, a pair of sunglasses that insinuated a procedure had been done in an Instagram story.

The Athletic’s Greg Auman added to the report after speaking with Winston’s publicist Denise White about the procedure.

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  1. How can this possibly do anything but help him. Way to go, JW. Always TRYING to improve even if you seem to be regressing at times. You have to give it to the man, he tries. And to anyone who says “what took him so long?” … he’s at the age now to where LASIK is recommended. He was too young before. AND from someone who has gone through the process, it’s a little scary even though it’s not a big deal in the end. Go Bucs!

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    • While everyone’s situation is different, LASIK is FDA approved for those 18 and older. Can imagine it was probably partially due to the fear of something going wrong and being career ending (though surely there’s insurance to protect in that event at least). Also think he felt he was performing well enough to not worry about it until this 30/30 year hit, he’s out of contract and knows it’s going to be a topic if he has to take any FA visits. Better to take one issue off the table before walking into the negotiating room, either with the Bucs or elsewhere.

      It should help him see better on/off the field, but with 8 of his int’s being at/inside his own 20, 24 inside the Bucs own 50-yd line and only 6 int’s while in the opponents territory, hard to see how that’s all eyesight related. 😉🤓

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      • Then they’ll put in OJ Howards tape. There’s 4 boneheaded plays right there!

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        • Hard to decide who the bigger disappointment is; Howard or Jones. I don’t think we can get anything for Jones but if we can get a third rounder for Howard I would take it.

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          • I agree. His hands are as soft as stone but hopefully some team thinks he can help them. Player for player trade with Colts for Malik Hooker might be a good move for both teams.

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    • Does Lasik correct poor decision making? We’ll have to review the medical literature on that.

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    • I had Lasik 18 years ago and never regretted it. However, as it was at the time a relatively new procedure and I was 40+ years ago, I knew my eyes would “age” and since lens replacement, i.e., high definition vision was years in the future, I instantly needed reading glasses. Our eyes are a big part of most people’s lives and once I decided to do it, I actually did it in two phases, an eye at a time which was quite a bit more price wise on my budget. It is easy to say in today’s medical advances – why wait, but again no medical procedure is guaranteed.

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  2. One of my best friends did this and it has helped so much, good for Winston.

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  3. My bro-in-law wore “coke bottle bottom” glasses. After lasik he wears no glasses at all. Miracle work.

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  4. Good for Jameis… It can only help.

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  5. Guess who’s returning to play QB in 2020!!!

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    • The big question is for who?

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  6. Bucs will keep Jameis for another yr on a ..prove it deal. Good luck Jameis. Hope the surgery helps your interception ratio..For our sake!

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  7. I’m not sure lasek will help his color blindness. He keeps throwing to the wrong colored uniforms.

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    • Does anyone know if Lasik will keep you from starring down your receiver?

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      • Haha

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        • Takes him longer to focus on the product so yea. With clear vision is precise and instant… no more stare downs theoretically

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    • cough cough Testaverde, cough

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  8. Guy played half the year with a knee injury (which he just had surgery on), a broken thumb on his throwing hand, and just had Lasik to correct his near sightedness.

    Someone is gonna pay the NFL passing leader. Believe that.

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    • when did Jameis Winston have knee surgery? Why was this never reported on any Injury reports? Sounds like Fake News (hate that phrase) to me. Miraculous news that just now surfaced.

      More excuses from the Winston Apologists Association of Tampa Bay.

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      • No excuses. No apologizing. No fake news. Guy is gonna get paid whether you agree or not bud.

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  9. Arians said they were gonna be watching film in the off-season.. and the article on espn said that the kid was nearsighted but didn’t wear corrective lenses. So Arians could’ve saw Winston squinting… and that would explain the deep pass accuracy issues.

    Imagine going from not being able to see to having your vision fixed. Forget about Andrew luck and Phillip Rivers… now I think Jameis is coming back.

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  10. Yep… it would appear he will come back! Very eager to see the terms of a deal! U know… I don’t really care… I just want to see the Bucs winning again and the stadium rocking with the new uniforms! Where’s the SuperBowl next year… a fan can dream! Go Bucs!

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    • Real, hard core fans dream every year through all of the lows. Every season is a new run at a championship.

      No matter how things shake out with Winston I have faith in Bruce Arians and the new regime we have. We have a turnaround in progress and and a new winning culture emerging.
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      Go Bucs!!!

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  11. Bucs should have about $85 million in cap space not including any cuts or trades.

    Winston takes $27.
    Barrett takes $16.
    Rookie pool is $9.

    That leaves $33 million to sign Suh, JPP, Nassib, Nacho, Allen, Acho, Minter, Dotson, Barber, Perriman, Gabbert, Wells, Watford and/or any other free agents from other teams.

    Would JPP take less than $10?
    Would Suh take less than $7?
    Would Dot take less than $4?

    If so, that leaves $12 million for depth.

    Rivers wouldn’t save much cap space. He is expected to command $48 on a 2 year deal at $24m/yr.
    Brady market value approx $35m according to Spotrac. Prescott is at $40m.

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  12. We were about to let him go even though we knew his eyes weren’t quite right? Well, I can only go on what I’m reading here, which suggests we resign him; drive me crazy!

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    • Now, I get to be frustrated that we are locked in the first round to picking an Ot instead of Dt(assuming the desired Dt falls to us) because we were limited in play calling last year to just passing the ball.

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  13. Ten yards to the sticks = 30 feet.

    Forty yards downfield = 120 feet.

    You mean to tell me the Bucs FO never thought this was an issue? WTH?

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    • Don’t forget the additional 5-10 yards behind the LOS when he throws the ball too.

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      • Great point.

        A five yard pass is really ten yards which is 30 feet. I am starting to wonder if this is a blunder like with Vinny T and his color blindness.

        Time will tell.

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  14. FINALLY!! I was catching up on articles but I just saw he FINALLY did it!! I mean Geez! How long can an NFL QB go without being able to see well deep without getting it fixed?? What does it take?? How many losses?? Answer: Until his first contract is up and he wants another apparently.. And as far as losses? A lot. I have been saying this since about my first post on here and before we got him in the draft overall. You’d think they’d have written it into his first contract but maybe they couldn’t or Licht’s just a nice guy.. Read: IDIOT! But seriously this is awesome IF we get him back because I personally believe this is one of the major things holding him back from taking the next step as a QB. He could be great now. And I really didn’t even want the guy! On that note.. Did he really just use FINALLY fixing his GD eyes as leverage in contract negotiations?? Please God, tell me he didn’t plan this!! No, I just can’t see it.. That’s what Winston said!! Doh!

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  15. They said Testaverde was color blind.

    If this makes him more accurate, I am all for it.

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  16. ****** Warning Confidential******
    Winston’s Agent: Polling data shows that if you get the surgery you will rally your base, convince the swing voters, and win the popular vote. We will then use this as leverage going into negotiations not with Jason Licht because he loves you kid, But the owners are not convinced and we need them to see all the love and support Bucs fans are pouring out for you. They’ll see all of those Ticket Sales and sign you.

    Okay that was a cruel Cynical Joke! I am punishing myself by putting away my smartphone.

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  17. After five years with Mr. Magoo at QB, now he gets the surgery? F him. Rivers is coming to Tampa, and we’ll be drafting a QB. Rivers says he has two years left, Arains has two years at most. Rivers is Arains type of vet. I don’t think we use our first pick on a QB, but I could see us moving up to get one maybe back into the first round. We do have assets rather then draft choices to move up. A deal could involve O.J.. New uni’s, two new QB’s coming in 2020.

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    • F him? You realize he was told be his doctors to wait till 25 because your eyes are still developing. But go ahead, pretend you have it all figured out. 🙄

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  18. What’s next, a trip to Audibel for a hearing aid so he can hear Bruce’s whispers? LOL!

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  19. Oh wow it’s Rick Vaughn the wild thing In Story football coach fix eyes of bad Qb And crowd will sing wild thing every time he comes on field and Bucs go to glory. Can coach also grow his hands to normal size.
    Fix his pin-chin for eating fingers and most of all his desire to throw touchdowns with 7 extra to other team.
    My god what a joke any excuse to keep this clown and continue losing pewter trolls jump on.

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    • His hands are exactly the same size as Mahomes.

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    • Seeing him squint all of the time, I believe he suffers from poor vision. What I find hard to believe is that the Bucs Organization is so Incompetently run that NOT A SINGLE PERSON in 5 years hasn’t pulled JW aside and told him to either get his vision corrected with a prescription and/or by surgery or sit on the bench after his 1,000th career INT. It’s disgraceful how Poorly Run this Organization is..

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  20. I had posted 2 times his sight. I’m encouraged to see Winston finally got this procedure. I also have friends that had it done. They said how much better they can see. Ok Go Bucs

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  21. Dak Prescott for 40 million. Lol. Whoever pays that or near that (Hopefully Dallas I cant stand them) will be sorry. He is not an elite QB. He has benefited from one of best run games and O lines. He has never been asked to throw it 50-60 times and win a game because he can’t. He has average arm and cannot make all the throws. Time and time again I’ve watched him struggle when the run game stalls.

    If you plugged him into Arians/Lefty’s offense it would be a disaster. He is not asked to make difficult throws into tight windows.

    I haven’t seen a single QB in free agency I think would do better than Winston. Dalton is crap too he couldn’t win a playoff game if his life depended on it.

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  22. I’ve posted several times As well that I’m not convinced “some” of the int. Are from vision issues. Squinting to see anything is not good for an NFL QB. Will see if it helps it certainly can’t help. I’m fairly certain he will be back just not sure if it’s a franchise tag or a reasonable, heavy incentive laden contract for 3 years or so.

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  23. So Winston’s eyesight was so bad, he couldn’t even read the scoreboard. In the last 5 seasons it never occurred to anyone on the Bucs Medical Staff or Jason Licht’s “Brain Trust” that this might be the source of many of his INTs? It never occurred to Lovie, Dirk or BA to make him wear corrective lenses or get LASIK before letting him take another snap? They would rather have Mr. Magoo take the snaps and throw the ball. I’d say this is unbelievable but this is the Buccaneers we’re talking about. Chump Organizations do Chump Moves.

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  24. Good for Jameis and it’s about time. He’s been squinting ever since he arrived. I had Lasik done a while back and it made an incredible difference. No idea how bad his prescription was, but this is good news no matter what.

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  25. You are telling me that this guy has been a starting QB in the NFL for 5 years with bad eyesight and he hasn’t worn contacts?

    What!? How dumb can he be and how dumb can this franchise be for allowing it to happen?

    I am nearsighted and wear contacts in high speed contact sports and can see as well as anyone… cause that’s what prescription lenses are for.

    Even if his eyes are only like -1.50, that is still a huge detriment. I seriously need to know more about this. Absolutely outrageous! Practice goggles? No contacts at any time… playing NFL QB. I might have to quit on this team if this is the kind of organizational ineptitude we are dealing with.

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  26. I don’t get it I’ve been a Jameis supporter after 30 interceptions now you decide to I really don’t this you have done this few years ago for me it’s too late.

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  27. All you haters are funny.

    Haters gonna hate I guess.

    Winston and Arians never used eyesight as an excuse for anything. This ELECTIVE surgery is positive news and yet another sign of Winston’s evolving maturity and dedication to his professional development!

    I wish Winston a speedy recovery!

    GO BUCS!

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    • @bigsombrero I just hate that it took until literally the end of his contract before any action was taken. He has pretty much lead the League in INTs since he arrived and he can’t read the Jumbotron Scoreboard. It never occurred to anyone at One Buc Palace that this could one of the reasons? We think we are drafting a Heisman Trophy Winning QB and we get Mr. Magoo. So they better give him at least another year because if they let him walk and suddenly he has one of the fewest INT totals in the NFL with the Bears, Licht is going to look that much stupider than he already does.

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      • Bears, Colts, Chargers, Patriots, or Panthers would do well with Winston. Stable organizations, good rushing attacks and decent defenses with less aggressive offensive schemes than Koetter or Arians.

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        • @bigsombrero I agree. I don’t want to see him go. I still think he can be a great QB hopefully it’ll be with the Bucs.

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  28. Apparently some of y’all don’t read the articles on bleacher report. He was told by his doctors to wait until he was 25 because your eyes are still changing. He didn’t just “put it off” as most of you seem to think. Now I can’t explain why he wouldn’t have contacts. Perhaps he doesn’t Feel good sticking a finger in his eye? I don’t know, but just clarifying for those who are ready to jump off of a bridge

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    • @chefboho With that many millions of dollars on the line, I think he can either put the lenses in himself or the Bucs could pay an optometrist to do it for him before games. Or he can wear the prescription goggles he used during practice. He just didn’t want to do it.

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  29. I don’t care about the surgery. I want to know how bad his eyes were. Doesn’t like putting a finger in his eye!? Kids wear contacts. I didn’t like it the first couple weeks either (probably. long time ago. definitely tough starting) but if you don’t want to wear glasses and want to play sports… you wear them and get used to it.

    How are people not upset about this? It absolutely matters for depth perception and reaction time.

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    • Won a national championship and heisman with those same eyes. Of course he also had stable coaching, good running backs, and good defense to help the team win that championship.

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      • @bigsombrero winning at the college level doesn’t necessarily translate to success in the NFL. Plus eyesight can get markedly worse over a few years. My prescription changes fairly regularly.

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        • Die hard I’m a FSU fan. That team that won the Championship was loaded with talent. Just look at how many players were drafted that year and next.

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      • Near sightedness worsens over time. When he was in college maybe his eye sight was okay but he is now in his mid 20s so it probably worsened.

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    • @saskbucs I am upset about this but I am more upset with the Bucs for letting him play without correcting his vision. JW has shown plenty of poor judgement over the years and his overconfidence in his ability can help him but it can also be a detriment. He’s still a kid. The Bucs should’ve told him he needs to figure it out or he needs to sit on the bench. More proof Licht has to go.

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  30. Correct @Die Hard. All these people saying you can’t get corrective surgery until you are older and your eyes have potentially set is the rebuttal to “college championship eyesight”. Eyes get worse.

    @bigsombrero I have defended Jameis a lot on this site, I am not a hater. I also know that if his eyes were bad enough or deemed enough of a detriment to the point he needs corrective surgery… he should have been wearing contacts. There is no arguing that. It’s a personal failure for Jameis and a failure on the Bucs brass and everyone involved with the team.

    There must be more information because it just doesn’t make sense. If I’m a teammate of Jameis’ I am not letting this happen. There must be more information and I need it cause I do not understand how this happens.

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  31. I have played sports at a high level with the same issue. Correcting your vision isn’t just about correcting your vision it also involves relearning and reprogramming your brain and body to adjust to the new world around you. I’m sure those goggles were tried on in practice with anxious results as depth perception and “feel” are completely altered. Sure you can see more crisply but your brain is telling your arm that target is in a different place now than in reality. Winston has played at a high level, higher than any of us, trusting his vision, adjusting to his vision. To be able to instantly see images sharper sounds great in theory but there will be an adjustment period just to catch up to where he was before with feel and touch as he has to reset his parameters of what is what. It’s a hurdle I couldn’t overcome and even as an aging amateur who only plays on a limited basis I haven’t been able to sacrifice the performance and feel I have with my vision for the time that it would take to reprogram. I tried to play a game once with contacts and was completely embarrassed by the results.

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  32. @beubanks11… I can’t argue with your personal experience but have you ever heard of the off-season?

    In no way does crisper, clearer vision hinder you! Adjusting to contacts and your “new sight” is a month long journey at most. The guy is a professional athlete. I don’t think with slightly better vision he is suddenly Mahomes and frankly I think this is mostly a PR stunt to help him get the contract he wants, but these excuses just don’t cut it.

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  33. Smh at relearning and reprogramming your brain and body. Comical. Hopefully now that his eyes are fixed with LASIK he has time to adjust to his better vision before the new season lest he make a fool out of himself!

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  34. Do what you do people and act like you know. Comical? You’re ignorant obviously. Or maybe just desperate for a new QB that won’t break your heart every Sunday so you blindly fight your cause. I get that but I’m not entrenched on either side of the argument so far that I’ll allow myself to be ignorant to all information available. For those who are still able to think for themselves I give you my experience on the issue. That is all. I don’t blame you for being ignorant. It’s your psychological safety blanket. Hope you feel cozy in there.

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  35. i just heard a nike insider said its gunna be white helmets with a gradient or (tie dye esk) jerseys and pants just like in the teaser. with thos 3 colors ?

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    • Gonna hold back until we actually see them, but almost seems like the Bucs have volunteered to be a test subject team for Nike’s interns. Having a traditional, unique look is one thing, screwing the pooch with the current design or some gradient/tie dye look is something else entirely. The latest uniform contest proved it really shouldn’t be that hard to design a sharp looking set of uniforms. It’s not f#$king rocket science, and there’s no need to try to re-invent the wheel.

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  36. Haha @beubanks11. Sounds like you know it all cause you tried contacts once and couldn’t hack it at the local racquetball court.

    I have previously stated in this article, I have been a Winston supporter his entire time in Tampa and that I am looking for more answers as to not be ignorantly upset about this.

    I am a professional athlete who wears contacts. You provided an answer as to why Winston doesn’t and in my experience it’s a garbage excuse. While your relearning and reprogramming may not be comical and may be valid for a short period, it doesn’t work as an excuse for a Franchise QB who has months long offseason to “reprogram”. Maybe you wanna talk about blankets again…

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