AFL round 1, Collingwood vs St Kilda score: Mason Cox launches prescription sunglasses

Soccer fans couldn’t resist laughing at Mason Cox after the Collingwood star debuted his prescription sunglasses on Friday.

Footy fans couldn’t resist mocking Collingwood’s Mason Cox after the ruckman donned sunglasses during Friday night’s win over St Kilda at Marvel Stadium.

Cox, who has a frustrating history of eye injuries, was cleared by the AFL last month to wear prescription sunglasses during games this season to improve his vision.

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The 31-year-old has had six surgeries – three on his left eye, two on his right and cataract surgery – since he was accidentally pricked in the eye by Gold Coast Suns ruckman Peter Wright. three years ago, causing a retinal tear.

His other retina also detached during an altercation with West Coast Eagles defender Tom Barrass in the 2018 Grand Final.

In 2020, Cox detailed how the operation had left him legally blind for a time during the recovery process the previous year.

“It was kind of crazy. I basically had to try a bunch of different contacts just to be able to see properly in my left eye after bouts of surgery,” he explained at the time.

“I was bright on one eye – the right eye – but I was overexposed on the left so the pupil in my left eye wouldn’t constrict… I had to try to figure out how to handle that with new LED lights at the MCG, which were blinding.

“Even halfway through the year, I was basically blind in one eye.”

Cox, who is now farsighted in his left eye, has used contacts throughout the 2020 and 2021 campaigns, but sunglasses had a positive impact in the offseason.

But despite that, the unusual sight of a goggle-wearing AFL footballer on the pitch baffled spectators as Collingwood won Round 1 at Docklands.

Former Magpies midfielder Dane Swan tweeted: “Coxy bifocals though…just needs a fanny pack and you could convince me he’s got speed in the breaks.”

Cox made his goggles debut in the warm-up match against the GWS Giants earlier this month, with the American’s goggles inevitably causing a social media stair.

“The AFL has grown men running in shorts and sleeveless tank tops but people think I’m weird wearing sports glasses,” he tweeted last week.

The Magpies secured a 15.12 (102)-12.13 (85) win over St Kilda in their season opener, with Cox contributing nine eliminations, three points and a behind.

Collingwood next face the Adelaide Crows at the MCG on Saturday March 26, with the first rebound scheduled for 1.45pm AEDT.

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