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Green and Whites check their vision is firmly on the ball

NOTTINGHAM Rugby stars visited the city's Victoria Centre Vision Express store on Thursday, with extensive eye tests adding to the players' preparations ahead of a clash with league leaders Newcastle Falcons tonight (Friday, November 4).


EYES ON THE BALL: (l-r) Joe Duffey, Finlay Barnham and James Arlidge make a visit to Vision Express as part of game preparation.

Sporting their club colours for the Vision Express Nottingham visit were fly half James Arlidge, hooker Joe Duffey and scrum half Finlay Barnham.

They were put through their paces with a series of eye examinations, as well as contact lens consultations, before heading to Kingston Park for their major first versus second Championship battle.

James Arlidge discovered he was slightly short-sighted and trialled a pair of contact lenses for the first time. He said: "When you're going up against top of the table you need to know your vision is right." The New Zealand-born Japan international added; "I notice my eyes most when I'm travelling - squinting up at the departure boards is when you realise your eyesight might not be up scratch."

Joe Duffy discovered his vision was spot on, although he commented: "During a rugby game I can't see a thing - coming out of a scrum all I see is stars! But it's reassuring to know my vision is perfect."

Finlay Barnham has been wearing lenses for two years, with Vision Express experts detecting that a stronger prescription was needed. He said: "Playing in my position, game vision is vitally important. Hopefully with new lenses from Vision Express I'll be able to see the ball properly, which should help ahead of our big game on Friday."

Vision Express has been shirt sponsor of Nottingham Rugby Club for three seasons, providing the team with eye health consultations and meeting their vision requirements.

Vision Express Nottingham dispensing optician Rachel Smith said, "Having your eyes tested is vital because it not only shows whether you may need a prescription, but can detect eye conditions and is also an important indicator to general health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

"So no matter what you do, from playing professional sports, to staring at a computer screen all day,we recommend you have your eyes tested every two years, or more frequently if recommended by your optician. Vision Express in Nottingham has over 100 ways to assess your eyes and can tailor an eye test to meet your individual needs."


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