Specsavers, as official eyewear and eye care partner of Cricket Australia, recently tested the eyes of some of Australia’s most esteemed cricket players to ensure their vision is world-class ahead of the first Gillette T20 International Series.
Australian cricketers Aaron Finch, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Zampa and Holly Ferling visited the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on 15 November, where they received an OCT scan.
“For a world-class performance, I need to have world-class sight,” Aaron stated. “The importance of eye care and eye health is paramount to ensure we’re at the top of our game. I have astigmatism so I wear glasses for reading and need to wear contact lenses on the field. My eye sight needs to be in top condition so I’m able to react fast and with precision. Even the slightest imprecision can make a difference in a game that requires such speed and accuracy.”
In addition to having their own eyes put to the test, the Australian cricketers helped spread an important message to all aspiring athletes during a surprise skills session with young local cricketers, whose eyes are in a critical development phase.
Specsavers Brisbane CBD Optometry Partner Allison Rens said, “Early detection of any eye condition is critical, but with children, we have a window of opportunity before they are eight years old to identify and treat common eye conditions such as a squint or a lazy eye. The difference a correction can make when it comes to sport is quite astounding.”
Understanding the impact of clear vision both on and off the pitch, Specsavers ambassador and cricketing great Ian Healy reiterated the importance of sharp vision for optimal performance in a live Q&A session with the players.
Ian said, “All of the Australian cricket team here today have experienced issues with their eyes so it’s really important to detect any problems with vision early on, especially for peak performance. That’s why everyone should get their eyes tested regularly and particularly in sport, where vision is so crucial.”
Currently in its second year, the three-year partnership between Specsavers and Cricket Australia will ensure the players of the Australian cricket team and Australian domestic cricket umpires are match fit throughout the season. It will also see all Australian international players and domestic umpires have access to regular eye tests and eyewear if and when required throughout the season.