As we draw the line under another unforgettable Rugby 6 Nations tournament, it was England that took home the trophy and the spoils.
The England players will be particularly thankful for the confidence boost in this Rugby World Cup year in the lead up to New Zealand as they look to reclaim their World Cup title of 2003.
Ireland scrum-half Thomas O’Leary will have been disappointed to have been sidelined for their final game that put the break on an England grand slam after sustaining an eye injury.
But the untimely incident that caused O’Leary’s eye to bleed and affect his vision was not the typical result of an unruly tackle common amongst rugby players, but a freak training accident while using gym equipment.
Rugby injuries are an accepted drawback of this physically demanding contact sport, but this recent incident highlights the importance of eye protection regardless of the physicality of your sporting activities.
The first step to eye protection is to have an eye examination with a qualified optometrist. Good vision is essential for all sports, however, as well as checking your eye sight you will also be given a comprehensive eye health check to make sure your eyes are in healthy condition. Eye problems such as cataracts can be fully treatable if the symptoms are recognised early.
Having to wear prescription glasses is no longer an obstacle to playing contact sports with the availability of specially made protective eyewear from brands such as adidas. The introduction of contact lenses also broke down barriers to contact sports that didn’t allow the use of eyewear during play.
And now with the advancement of laser eye surgery, the field is open for sporting stars that felt previously that their performance was hindered by glasses and contact lenses to achieve their sporting dreams.
A trio of Scottish rugby internationalists have undergone laser eye surgery and are amazed with the results. Marcus Di Rollo is “looking forward to being able to play at the highest level without worrying about my vision and maybe losing a contact lens at a vital stage of the game”. Max Evans was pleasantly surprised by the experience, “who would have known that such a lifestyle changing alteration would be so comfortable and literally take a matter of minutes”.
And while Alan Bulloch has said goodbye to his rugby career, he is enjoying the benefits of laser eye surgery in his more leisurely sporting pursuits, “When you can see your golf ball in the rough 200 yards away you have to smile. Yes it’s in the rough, but you can see it! Perhaps if I had this done a few years ago I may have been as good a rugby player as my brother Gordon”.