Scary diagnosis for ex-Tiger
Those of you who remember Jason Johnson’s two seasons in Detroit know about his dealings with diabetes. Now he has another serious health concern — melanoma of the right retina. It apparently was discovered during a routine eye exam when he went to the optometrist for a new contact lens prescription because his vision was blurred in his right eye.
From the MLB.com story:
Johnson was sent to the renowned Wills Eye Institute in
Philadelphia, where a certain amount of fear began to set in. His first
meeting with the staff featured a particularly memorable exchange with
“There are three things we do here — the first thing is to save your life,” she said.
Johnson gulped, thinking. Johnson said he thought, “I’m worried
about making a baseball team this year, and now I’m worried about my
The next two things they would do at Wills, she told him, were
to save Johnson’s eye and his vision, in that order. Another doctor
asked Johnson how financially stable he was, and Johnson felt shock –
was his baseball career over?
“What are you talking about?” Johnson recalls thinking. “That’s kind of a bad thing to start off with.”
Johnson was a non-roster invitee in Yankees camp trying to win a bullpen job. Now he has much bigger concerns. Needless to say, here’s hoping everything turns out as well as can be expected for Jason. The story goes on to say there’s a 98 percent recovery rate for people with his condition. But I thinks it also brings home the importance of scheduled eye exams. You just never think about something like cancer involving your eyes.