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31/08/2017

Expert tips for keeping your eyes safe this Christmas

Ah, the good old game of backyard cricket – it’s an Aussie tradition on Christmas day. A rite of passage where kids dream of what may be and adults dream of what might have been.

Backyard cricket may not be governed by the International Cricket Council, but it has laws nonetheless. In case you need to refer to them this Christmas, here are some suggestions.

Rules for backyard cricket

  1. One hand, one bounce. This rule is as old as the game itself.
  2. The stumps shall be drawn on a wall, esky or wheelie bin.
  3. The automatic wicketkeeper is infallible and has an infinite reach.
  4. Six and out.
  5. Dad is fully entitled to blame his crook shoulder after every wide or no-ball that he bowls.
  6. Mum must shout ‘mind the roses’ at 15-minute intervals.
  7. Nobody is ever out leg before wicket, no matter how plumb.

“Unfortunately, as fun as backyard cricket is, it does pose a risk of eye injuries,” says Dr Tim Roberts from Vision Eye Institute. “This is particularly so for those who may be slightly inebriated. In fact, worldwide studies have confirmed that alcohol is listed as a contributing factor for between 14% and 66% of ocular trauma cases.”

“While we want people to have a good time, we also want them to be safe and there are some simple things you can do to protect your vision,” continued Dr Roberts.

Rather than miss the best part of Christmas Day festivities, Dr Roberts offers the following tips to protect your peepers.

“We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, but just remember that it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. So be merry but, more importantly, be safe.”

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