Collingwood ruckman Mason Cox has appealed for the glasses he was prescribed to be returned after they were stolen from his apartment complex this week.
Cox took to social media on Friday to report the theft of the glasses, which were reportedly worth between $3,000 and $4,000.
“I never thought this would happen to me,” Cox said.
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Cox shared a photo of the Melbourne police station and thanked the staff who took the theft report.
7NEWS reports that the burglary happened at Cox’s apartment complex.
“It’s well documented that prescription glasses are essential this season,” said reporter Tom Brown.
“His day (Friday) started at the police station.
“He told me that a new pair from Kolak had been stolen one night in the mailroom of the apartment.”
Teammate Brayden Maynard also pleaded with the thieves to return Cox’s glasses.
“I actually saw something on social media…please give them back!” he said.
“They need him, we need them.”
Cox was given AFL permission earlier this year to wear prescription glasses while playing after undergoing several eye surgeries over the past few years.
The first injury came in 2019 when then Suns Peter Wright suffered a sudden eye injury.
Doctors confirmed Cox suffered a similar injury to his other eye after a collision with Eagle Tom Barras in the 2018 Grand Final while undergoing surgery to repair a torn retina.
As part of his recovery, Cox spoke of a fortnight spent in a dark room, during which he was not allowed to watch TV or use a telephone.
“I basically had half my eye ripped out, half my retina came off and I had to go to the hospital and sew it back up and I was blind,” Cox said earlier this year.
“For 45 minutes out of every hour I was on my back and couldn’t see for two weeks, staring at the ceiling. I couldn’t see anything in my dark room for two weeks.
“People talk about isolation being bad. Keep your finger in your eye, stay at home and don’t get out of bed for two weeks and talk to me.
“It was probably the lowest point of my life, I would say that. But we’ve come out the other end and I guess whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.