Adelaide captain Rory Sloane says he's lucky to have avoided a more serious eye injury as he awaits medical clearance to make this AFL comeback this weekend.
Sloane has missed the past four games after having surgery on a detached retina.
But he hopes an eye specialist on Wednesday will clear him to return Port Adelaide on Saturday night.
The Crows skipper would then have to emerge unscathed through full contact training later in the week before being selected.
Sloane suffered blurred vision at training which prompted him to consult a specialist.
And he believes if he hadn't suffered a similar injury - a torn retina in 2013 - his fate may have been different.
"It could have been a whole lot worse," Sloane told reporters on Tuesday.
"But previously having a tear in the retina, this one was a detachment, but knowing ... the signs and symptoms it was lucky I got onto it so quickly.
"Eyesight is forever and football is for now. So I was always going to be really diligent with this recovery."
Sloane spent his first week post-surgery in bed and barred from looking at his phone or watching television.
"I had to lie on a certain angle on my side for basically seven days," he said.
"I think that affected (wife) Belinda more than me, she had to look after three boys for a week which is real tough on her.
"All I did was get up to eat and go to the toilet and then back to lie down again so it was an interesting week, that one.
"After the procedure there was a bit of blurriness ... but as the weeks have continued, it's back to 20-20 vision again, it feels very normal.
"All the damage was internal and that got fixed pretty quickly. I was really lucky I got onto it so quickly."
The Crows have lost three consecutive games and Sloane was desperate to return but said it would purely be decided by his specialist.
"That will be the final hurdle I need to jump but from a physical point of view, I feel fine," he said.
"I will definitely be listening to the specialist.
"If there is any risk whatsoever, I wouldn't play, absolutely.
"But if he declares me fit and fine, which hopefully he does, then I'll be right to go."