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If you can't see the puck, you aren't going to make the shot.

You should read this post if:

A. You are currently wearing glasses or contacts.

B. You describe yourself to others as "practically blind."

C. If you would not pass an eye exam to become an Air Force Pilot, much less an athlete.

The Carolina Hurricanes' own Team Optometrist Michael Peters has written a book about how to train your eyes to help you be the best athlete possible. It's called See to Play.

"Why should I care about a book about eyes? It's seriously not an important thing to me." you might be mumbling under your breath.

Here's why:

1. Because he works and talks with the Hurricanes players you know, love, and talk about every day, as well as awesome athletes who play for the Tampa Rays, Durham Bulls, and Carolina Rail Hawks.

2. Because vision problems keep so many would-be athletes from their dreams every day. But like the muscles and skills that make an athlete, athletes also condition their vision to play at their best.

If you can't see the puck, you aren't going to make the shot. It's basic logic.

When Michael Peters wanted to transition from high school athletics to collegiate sports, he couldn't. His vision didn't make the cut — he couldn't see to play.

Think of the hundreds, thousands of kids whose dreams have been squashed because their vision wasn't good enough to play the sport they love. Think of how many eye injuries took players off the ice — think of how many more goals that could have been.

Athletes who make it to the top of their sport do so because of superior visuals. It's true and proven.

See to Play examines through an expert's eyes (your very own Canes optometrist, Michael Peters) the truly vital role vision plays in athlete's development and gives you a play-by-play of how it works. You'll learn through your favorite players how they can possibly be that good (yes, because of their eyes), and exercises any burgeoning athlete can do to get eyes like a pro. And play like a pro.

And you thought you were supposed to eat your carrots ....

Last thing. Like The Biggest Loser? Like The Minnesota Wild? (Have you watched them lately? They're awesome.) They both like this book and want you to check it out. Here's what they said:

“See to Play is a must-read for athletes and athletic trainers worldwide; Peters has helped many minor league players reach the big leagues with these techniques . . . A home run!” —Sandy Krum, Trainer, The Biggest Loser


“Dr. Mike Peters has been one of the best eye doctors that I’ve worked with and probably the best in the business. When I had my concussion in Carolina, he had to adjust my contact lens prescription several times while my vision was changing. He also helped me by giving me eye exercises which even included him coming to the arena for some of the drills.” — Matt Cullen Minnesota Wild

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