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LAKE WORTH, Fla. – The world’s looking clearer to Morgan Pressel these days.

At 22, it’s not so much the perspective that comes with the staggering fact that she’s about to begin her sixth season as an LPGA pro, but the wonders that come with Lasik eye surgery and a charitable cause.

For the first time in nine years, Pressel isn’t putting contact lenses in her eyes. She had the procedure three weeks ago.

“It’s a lifestyle decision, but hopefully it helps with golf,” Pressel said after mingling with fellow tour pros during the luncheon at the Bethesda Hospital Foundation Pro-Am at The Falls Country Club. “Hopefully, I can read greens better.”

Pressel said wind and specks of sand encountered during play have made her contacts bothersome in the past, and she’s hoping that’s remedied.

It was a monumental off season for Pressel with her Morgan & Friends charity outing raising more than $500,000 to fight breast cancer earlier this month. In four years, she's raised about $1.75 million against the fight that took her mother’s life in 2003. She proudly reports that the Kathy Krickstein Pressel MammoVan she unveiled at last year’s event provided more than 1,000 mammogram screenings in 2010 and revealed 40 cases of some level of breast cancer through early detection.

“It’s certainly changing lives,” Pressel said.

Pressel’s upping the ante in the fight with the start of the Morgan Pressel Foundation’s new “Bucks for Birdies” program where every birdie she makes aids in the cause. Details can be found at http://www.morganandfriends.us/.

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