New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo will return to the ice on Tuesday less than two months after suffering a detached retina that left him fearing he would lose his sight.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano has confirmed that Okposo – who experiencing blurry vision while driving in January – is in line to feature against NHL rivals New York Rangers
Okposo told Newsday: "That whole night, it didn't get better.
"So I went in, saw the retina specialist right away and he said, 'You have a detached retina and we need to do surgery right away.' It was pretty scary and there wasn't a guarantee I was going to see again.
"You definitely stop and pause after you hear that.''
Okposo re-joined the team on Friday.
He added: "I felt great. Ever since I stepped on the ice, I haven't had any hesitations.
"I wasn't really surprised, because your eye should theoretically be stronger than the other one after the surgery. I've been feeling really good on the ice.''