Sammy Walker played cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 3 seasons with one blind eye (read more)
Tulane has a long snapper who is legally blind in one eye and completely blind in the other (read more).
Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay played legally blind without contacts or glasses for years until he had LASIK (read more).
Bryan Berard played in the NHL with a 20/400 eye (more).
After Berard's injury, the NHL added a mandate that a player must see better than 20/400 in their bad eye to be allowed to continue to play (more) The other sports' leagues seem a little more vague for a definition as to what the allowed worst vision is that a player should exhibit while still being allowed to pursue a career in professional sports.
Should there be a mandate on vision?
By allowing a blind or blurry athlete to compete, aren't we going to add to major injuries?
Courts have started weighing in on these questions and are siding more with the athletes who want to continue to play regardless of their bad vision. The reasoning: if vision is interfering with play, these athletes will be weeded out of play anyway.
I wrote See To Play to help athletes push themselves from a vision standpoint so that they can "see the best and be the best". Trying to determine the adequate amount of poor vision for play is looking at this topic upside down and a topic a never considered. Definitely an interesting debate!
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