Rugby internationals’ clear vision on the field

Rugby internationals took advantage of Specsavers advanced eye test and hospital-quality technology to help ensure they are at the top of their game for the Guinness Six Nations.  

As official Optician and Audiologist for the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Rugby Unions, players were offered OCT (optical coherence tomography) scans at their training camps.  

Scotland’s Zander Fagerson and Blair Kinghorn took advantage of the hospital grade technology at Scotland’s training camp. In Wales, Aaron Wainwright, Leon Brown, and Hadleigh Parkes had OCT scans at the Vale Resort and in Ireland, Ultan Dillane, Dave Heffernan and Conor Murray received their scans at Aviva Stadium.

After his OCT, Scotland’s Zander said good vision was absolutely paramount on the field.

‘Good eyesight is extremely important and crucial when making the right decision during a match.’

At Aviva, Irish international Conor echoed these sentiments.

‘Having good eyesight is extremely important in this game. I think at the level we are playing at, it sounds very straightforward, but you do need to see and react quite quickly to things; so, eyesight is highly important for my position as a scrum half and people around me as things can happen quite quickly.’

An OCT uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.

Welsh international Hadleigh was impressed by the technology.

 ‘It was extremely easy to do. The people taking me through it were very helpful. It’s nice to have it in the back of your mind that if there was something wrong they’d pick up on it pretty early.’ 

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