"Legally blind" Cox reveals extent of eye injuries

SEN - Fri, 18th Oct 2019 - 0 Comments

Mason Cox has had a rough few months. The Collingwood key forward had three surgeries on his eyes over the off-season, following two detached retinas.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury following the side’s win over Gold Coast, with later testing revealing he had a second detached retina that had gone undiagnosed.

Cox revealed just how rough things have been for him since the injury.

“It was tough going for about a month and a half. I was pretty much legally blind for a while,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“We’ve gotten to the point now where I’m almost back to 20-20. I’m still on a lot of medication, but fortunate enough now to get back to my family, travel, get on a plane and be able to drive.

“To get a bit of independence is nice. For a long time I was sitting in a dark room staring at the ceiling and not much was going on in my life.

“About 45 minutes of every hour I had to spend on my back so I couldn’t really get out and about or do much and it is nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we’re getting to the point now where I can start working out.

“I had three surgeries. Two on one eye, one on the other and then I eventually kind of got the independence to go on one walk per day. Then three walks per day.

“Hopefully when day one of pre-season comes around we’ll be able to do contact.”

Cox played 14 games for the Pies this year, kicking 19 goals and averaging four marks per game.