July 15, 2012
Former South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, who announced his retirement after an eye injury ruled him out of the England tour, is said to be making good progress after a surgery to his left eye.
Shuaib Manjra, a Cape Town-based eye surgeon, ruled out the possibility of a complete loss of vision since there was no damage to the retina. However, Manjra mentioned that Boucher would have to undergo more exploratory surgery and elaborate procedures which might take up to months in order to determine the extent of the damage.
Speaking to Sunday Times, Dr Manjra said: “There is no obvious detachment of the retina which is very positive. But, clearly, we can’t say it’s 100%, because we still need to go in physically and have a look at it.”
Dr Manjra said there was considerable progress since the first surgery as Boucher is able to recognise hand movements and identify the direction of light in the injured eye.
However the doctor is still not sure what caused the injury to the eye. Manjra said Boucher was still convinced that it was the ball which struck the eye.
“I spoke to Bouch and he’s still convinced that the ball hit him. 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.”