19.07.2012

Goalkeeping legend undergoes laser eye surgery

Goalkeeping legend undergoes laser eye surgery

By Alexa Kaczka

One of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation has undergone laser eye surgery in a bid to help him in his new career as a coach.

Jim Leighton, who played for Manchester United during his lengthy career and also made more than 300 appearances for Aberdeen, is now the goalkeeping coach at the latter club, a role he was appointed to in late 2010.

However, since he hung up his goalkeeping gloves, the 53-year-old has been suffering from gradually deteriorating eyesight, which eventually got so bad that even contact lenses and glasses could not help him.

As his vision was important to help train modern day goalkeepers, Leighton, who was capped 91 times by Scotland, made the decision to undergo laser eye surgery.

He told the Evening Express that the decision proved to be a wise one, and his eyesight is now crystal clear.

"I could hardly see a thing without my contact lenses in or glasses on when I was a player. But my eyesight is almost perfect now, it's amazing," he added.

by Adrian Galbreth


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