Leighton’s vision for a better season

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Scottish goalkeeping hero Jim Leighton has undergone laser eye surgery - 12 years after retiring from the game.

Scottish goalkeeping legend Jim Leighton will be keeping a clearer eye on the ball this season after having laser eye surgery with Optical Express this summer.

The Aberdeen goalkeeping coach recently underwent the procedure at Optical Express’ Aberdeen clinic after coping with the hassle of playing football with contact lenses for over 35 years.

As a former Aberdeen player, Jim achieved great success with the team from 1977-1988 and gained respect from players and pundits in spite of his failing eyesight troubling him on the pitch.

Leighton managed to keep his contact lenses a secret from his team as he feared it would be the end of his career and result in him being dumped from the team. It became public when he was substituted in a 1985 World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Wales after one of his lenses fell out during the match.

After moving into coaching, Leighton’s vision had become progressively worse before he opted for the surgery.

Jim was wary of laser eye surgery at first and it wasn’t until he visited Optical Express he decided to finally go for it. He commented, “I’d wanted laser eye surgery for years, ever since I started playing football but was always too scared to go for it.

"Even at my first consultation I was still unsure as to whether I would go through with it but the staff at the Optical Express clinic in Aberdeen were fantastic and answered all my questions, easing any doubts I had.”

Mary-Frances Kearney, Marketing Manager at Optical Express said, ‘Many people like Jim find it difficult to play sports such as football without their glasses or contact lenses. Optical Express are able to take the hassle away with treatments such as laser eye surgery.

"Jim has suffered with this problem for many years so it was a pleasure to treat him and ensure he will be keeping his eye on the ball for many seasons to come.”

Only time will tell if Aberdeen's current goalkeepers will reap the rewards of Jim’s laser eye surgery this season.

For more information please contact Mary-Frances Kearney on 01236 795 044.

Notes to Editor:
The Optical Express Group was founded in 1991 and is now a global leader of selected healthcare services. Optical Express is a world leading provider of refractive surgery with its surgeons having carried out over 1 million procedures worldwide.

In order to ensure Optical Express is consistently providing the highest possible standard of care, the company has the expertise of their International Medical Advisory Board, a collective of skilled and distinguished members of the international ophthalmic community who determine procedures and policies at Optical Express. This resource pool is unique to Optical Express.

The company employs over 3,000 people, utilising ophthalmologists and optometrists across more than 220 locations throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Croatia, France, Germany and The Netherlands.

The group consists of optical stores offering refractive laser eye surgery, cataract surgery, glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses as well as dental and cosmetic clinics.

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