First of all, thoughts and prayers go out to Marc Staal after being hit in the eye last night with a puck. It's a horrific injury to watch, and as the team eye doctor of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, it's one of the injuries we feel is the easiest to avoid.....wear a visor. Click here to read more on Marc's injury
I was working the Hurricanes last night when I heard about his injury. I had just said "Our team has a pretty good percentage of visors this year" to an eye doctor from our group who was watching the game next to me. The reason: many of our players are lower to the ground and closer to the blades. Taller players elect not to wear visors.
In my book, See To Play, I address the topic by sharing a conversation that I had with Rod Brind'Amour. In general, until it's mandatory to wear a visor, some players feel they have an edge by not wearing one. They can see more of the ice. There is no distortion. And, most importantly, there is no worries that the edge of the shield will interfere with the view of the puck.
At rookie training camp, I devote part of my talk to the importance of wearing visors. All the players present at that meeting have worn one since they started playing hockey. There introduction into the professional level is the first time they can contemplate not wearing one.
I say these words "Save your eye, wear a visor". I show them a bloodied picture of an eye that's been hit with a puck. I then show them this slide regarding instructions written on the back of the eyeball:
We've had several eye injuries with the 'Canes. Glen Wesley had a similar eye injury to Marc's which sidelined him for a couple days (click here).
This is one eye doctor who hopes visors become mandatory.
Save an eye....wear a visor!
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