Mark Boucher might not lose complete vision

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Published: Monday, July 16, 2012, 10:41 [IST]
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Boucher might not lose complete vision

Cape Town, Jul 16: South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is said to have progressed well after the eye surgery and might get his vision back according to doctors who are attending to him.

Boucher's freak eye injury during the first day of the tour match against Somerset cut short the tour of England and his international career after an Imran Tahir delivery hit the bails which flew into Boucher's face which led to an extensive damage of hsi left eye.

Earlier there were reports saying that Boucher who had only 40-50% vision might lose his left eye after the surgery as the damage was severe.

Now, South African doctors who have treated the wicket-keeper batsman have said Boucher can regain vision but will have to undergo more exploratory surgery and months of elaborate procedures to determine the extent of damage.

Dr. Shuaib Manjira, eye surgeon who lives in Cape Town has ruled out Boucher losing vision completely and revealed that since there was no detachment of the retina, the outcome would be positive.

"There's no obvious detachment of the retina, which is very positive," said Dr Manjra to Sunday Times. "But, clearly, we can't say it's 100%, because we still need to go in physically and have a look at it."

She further stressed on the fact that since Boucher was able to recognise hand movements and identify the direction of light in his left eye, the wicket-keeper might not lose vision completely.

"I spoke to Bouch and he's still convinced that the ball hit him," the doctor said.

"The amount of damage is not commensurate with simply a bail hitting him, unless there was a freak angle or a freak speed and it hit him in a vulnerable spot - in other words, if everything just went wrong for him on that day."

"He has been sleeping a lot and watching a lot of the Tour de France," said Donne Commins, Boucher's agent. "But he's also spent time reading some of his messages of support on Twitter and other forums, and I am certain they have kept him positive."

Though the wicket-keeper batsman has progressed well after his eye surgery, Boucher is still perplexed to see the amount of damage done by the bail which hit his left eye after the stumps were dislodged.


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