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Newsblurb: For the RCE patients out there...

If you think you never see RCE in the press, think again. I've seen two or three of these this year.

Red Wings' Cleary still battling eye injury

DETROIT -- Dan Cleary can't drive, and his depth perception still is a little off.

But he is doing his best to stay in shape while he recovers from an irritation in his left eye.

...Cleary has been bothered for six weeks by the irritation, which originally was caused by a scratched cornea. He scratched the cornea again against the Devils, and still isn't sure how he did it.

His eye was red after practice, and he had trouble keeping it open. He missed his fourth game Monday night, and he will be out at least three more by not traveling with the team.

Cleary said it's not an eye infection.

"I just got another scratch in the eye. I didn't know I had. It just got really bad (last Monday)," Cleary said. "Right now it's turned the corner, and I'm looking at another week. Doctor (Jayne) Weiss has been unbelievable. Without her and Kresgee Eye Institute, I would have been in rough shape."

Cleary said doctors can't heal the scratch and his vision at the same time, which makes his recovery difficult. The scratch will have to heal first, then the vision will improve with steroids and eyedrops.

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