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New York Islanders player to return from detached retina on Tuesday

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.''

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