Dec 16th, 2015

When you’re a Test match batsman, it’s pretty much assumed that your eyesight’s up to scratch. So when New Zealander Ross Taylor went for an eye test and was told that he had a small benign growth on his left eye, it explained why he’d been struggling to see the ball.

The growth, known as a pterygium, or ‘surfer’s eye’, is common in people who frequently open their eyes as wide as they can, especially in low light. After taking some eye drops, Taylor went on to score a phenomenal 290 for New Zealand against Australia in the second Test at Perth – the highest Test score in Australia by a visiting batsman.

Here in Bristol, our own cricket-crazy Amar has been working with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club for around 20 years, keeping a close eye on all the players’ vision. Last year we also started working with Somerset County Cricket Club and have just supplied former England batsman, Marcus Trescothick, with a new pair of glasses. (Hopefully you’ll now see him scoring more runs than ever.)

As well as providing high-performance sports glasses, we can help with eye training exercises to improve eye co-ordination – especially handy if you’re trying to spot a cricket ball travelling at over 80mph or a squash ball at almost double that speed.

One thing is clear. Sportsmen and women at all levels are starting to pay more attention to their eyesight. And when you consider the effect it had on Ross Taylor’s performance it’s not hard to see why.