The all-Ireland Gaelic football winner with Tyrone says his eyes have “sparked” back into life after receiving specialist laser eye treatment in Belfast.
Conor Gormley, known as ‘The Block From The Rock’, was one of Tyrone’s most celebrated players until he hung up his county boots in January this year. The 34-year-old electrician opted for laser eye surgery at the Cathedral Eye Clinic in Belfast after encountering visual setbacks on and off the field.
The centre back recalled problems seeing his own players and opponents during games and even encountered issues while driving around the roads of Carrickmore at night.
“I opted for a laser eye procedure with the thought that it would improve my vision and my performance,’’ said Conor.
“And It has had a positive effect on my life, but I was feeling quite anxious about the surgery at first.”
After the laser eye procedure Conor noticed that driving wasn’t a “struggle” for him anymore.
“While I was driving I would have great difficulty reading road signs,” he explained.
“I would have to be within 50 yards of a road sign before I could read it and this was frustrating as I would often miss turns and make wrong turns because I couldn’t make them out from distance.
Describing his vision as “improved” Conor is now looking forward to getting back on the playing field.
“It took me a while to settle down after the surgery,” he said. “But after the recovery period I knew that my vision had been greatly improved.
“This also seems to have had a positive effect on my match performances.”
These days the strapping player concentrates his efforts on the pitch for his home club of Carrickmore St Colmcille’s where he has helped them lift four Tyrone titles.
Since entering the footballing fray in 1997 aged just 17, Conor has played a big part in both club and county football.
He is a three-times All Ireland Senior Football Championship winner under manager Mickey Harte.
As well as winning the Sam Maguire three times, he was part of the Tyrone team which lifted the Anglo-Celt Cup on four occasions and also has three All Stars to his name.