Originally Posted by Vass
No. But it's a tiny bit better.
I planned to get glasses this week so i'll wait two more day for my eyes to return to the pre-yesterday level and get them checked. Otherwise two appointments in the same week would cost too much.
Yesterday i was calmed down by a guy at the club who once had an eye hit by a sqaush ball. Believe me it's a lot worse because the swuash ball is the size of the eyeball and doesn't get stopped by the bones around the eye... He had a BLOOGY eye for 6 weeks and is now fine...
you should read that
Originally Posted by Thomas Johansson
It feels great to be back on the tour and to be around my friends again. This will be my first tournament since my freak eye injury in Rotterdam. I was practicing with my doubles partner Mario Ancic and we were hitting serves from opposite sides of the court. He must have miss hit one; the ball bounced and then rocketed into my left eye. It was very scary and I didn't see anything out of my left eye for the first 10 minutes - it was like someone had pulled a curtain across my eye. It was totally black and I was in a lot of pain.
I went to the tournament doctor and she said that it probably wasn't anything too serious but if I wasn't 100 percent by the next day that I should see an eye specialist. We had beaten Aussie Open finalists Damm and Paes in the first round and were scheduled to play our second round Friday, the day after my injury. We hit in the morning and I couldn't judge the distance of the ball - my forehand was really late. I knew then that I couldn't play the match. I went to an eye specialist in Rotterdam and he said they would have to operate – that day! Everything happened so quickly.
Mario and his Swedish coach Fredrik Rosengren were both really concerned. They came to see me after the surgery and Mario must have called me twice a day for the next four weeks. No-one is happier to see me back playing than Mario. We are very good friends and I felt sorry for him that it happened. It's probably the first time on the ATP circuit that a player has been injured like that.
To try to explain the injury in the simplest terms, the blow to the eye caused a hole in my retina. A lot of fluid, including blood, came into the eyeball and they had to put what I describe as a type of miniature pillow on the hole so that it blocked the flow of liquid into the eyeball. They also put gas into my eye to keep pressure on the spot where the pillow was.
I wasn't allowed to fly for four weeks, so that meant a long trip back to Sweden. By coincidence, the day I got injured was the day my wife arrived - we had planned to travel to Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami together. So between us we had two big Samsonite bags, two Dunlop sports bags and my racquet bag - and I was under doctor's orders not to carry anything!
Richard Krajicek, the Rotterdam tournament director, said we could have a tournament car to drive back to Sweden, a trip which I guess would take about 15 hours. But instead we decided to be driven to Germany, and from there we took a midnight train to Copenhagen, where the plan was for my sister's boyfriend to pick us up and drive us to our hometown of Linkoping.
It was freezing cold, I couldn't see squat and I couldn't carry any of our luggage. So my wife, who is pretty small, and the driver had to carry all the bags onto the train. Then we were in this tiny sleeper carriage. Only one of us could stand up at one time. We arrived into Copenhagen around 9 am and then drove home.
I wasn't allowed to do anything for the first two weeks and during that time I had to have six sessions each day where I would lay down on my right side for 45 minutes to an hour and remain completely still. I'd wake at 8, have breakfast and then would have to go back to bed for an hour! Get up, watch a movie, then back to bed.
I looked liked Hannibal Lecter when I went to bed, so I'm not sure my wife was happy to see me. But fortunately I only had to wear the patch when I went to sleep.
I had this bubble in my eye, which made me feel like one of those levels that a builder uses. It was black and would go around my eye. The first few times that I started walking I felt seasick because the bubble moves with your head. I thought I could make a little extra money during my rehab by moonlighting as a builder.
I was in Sweden for 3-4 weeks and was seeing an eye specialist in Stockholm. After four weeks when the bubble disappeared and I could fly, I went to my apartment in Monaco. I had my first hit with Jonas Bjorkman the week before Masters Series Monte-Carlo. My eye specialist in Nice said that I wasn't allowed to move too much on the court, so for that first week I was a pro hitting partner. I could stand in one corner but I couldn't play any games. But it was still a lot of fun and it gave me a lot of time on the court with guys like Kiefer, Oli Rochus, Zimonjic and Robredo.
I'm sure I'll be more nervous than normal tomorrow when I walk out to play Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini. I haven't played a match since Rotterdam, although I've always enjoyed the Rome tournament - the clay is quicker and I like the city.
I still don't have 100 percent vision in the eye - it's probably at 60-70 percent. When I got hit my lense went backwards and every week it's been moving forward a little bit. They say that it won't be until six months has passed that I’ll know if I have sustained permanent damage, but everything has been going well to this point, so there is nothing to suggest that I won't make a full recovery.
The reduced vision has not affected my play - it's not like I'm spraying forehands when I'm tracking the ball with my left eye. The only problem I have is that I haven't got my night vision back. I don't drive when it's dark and I've put in a request that my match tomorrow be played during the day. Fingers crossed.