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January 17, 1966

Monocular Vision and Skiing

Author Affiliations

Ridgecrest, Calif

JAMA. 1966;195(3):228-229. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100030122043

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To the Editor:—  In regard to skiing and eye injuries (194:477, 1965), the answer given regarding eye injuries in skiing by I. E. Hendryson, MD, was that eye injuries are not particularly common. He recommended that the patient in question be advised not to ski because of possible lack of depth perception associated with monocular vision.I am expert neither in eye diseases nor in skiing, but have had monocular vision for 30 years and do ski.The person who has only one eye soon learns depth perception through the use of parallax. This enables participation in a number of activities such as tennis, table tennis, contact sports, basketball, flying, etc. Skiing on slopes where there are trees and other objects which permit the individual to make use of parallax is reasonably safe. Under conditions of flat lighting where everything assumes a uniform grey, the person with one eye

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