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David Geffen, OD talks about Tony Gwynn’s Vision

gwynnSan Diego suffered a great loss this week when Tony Gwynn passed away. His exemplary play on the field for the Padres, coaching for SDSU and representation of all that is good in San Diego, will be missed.

In Diane Bell’s Union Tribune Column today, she further explored what may have aided Tony’s success in baseball – his vision. “How good was Tony’s eyesight? ESPN’s Tom Friend, a longtime friend of Gwynn, said his vision was 20/10. That’s just shy of 20/8, about perfect vision.”

Diane also called on Dr. David Geffen of Gordon-Weiss-Schanzlin Vision Institute to clarify. Dr. Geffen noted, “it was well known among local eye doctors that Gwynn had cross dominant vision. While most left-handed people are left eye dominant, Gwynn was left-handed but his right eye was dominant.” She goes on to say, “In a left-handed batting stance, that would place his dominant right eye closer to the pitcher. Could that have given Gwynn an edge?”

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