Since sustaining the incident, the Heat center has missed four games due to a retinal contusion. Whiteside has experienced double vision and headaches and it’s safe to say his eye still didn’t look quite right as he spoke to the media on Friday:
The eye appears to be fine. pic.twitter.com/q8XDQNPNsd
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) January 7, 2017
After not previously being allowed to fly with the team, Whiteside appreciates that he needs to treat eye injuries with caution, per Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel:
“They were just worried about if I got hit in there again it could really mess with my retina and that could require surgery,” he said. “But, thankfully, I didn’t have a detached retina, so everything came out OK.
“It’s a lot better,” he said. “The headaches went away. I’m not seeing double anymore. I can see a lot better and a lot of the pain went away. I never had an eye injury, either, so it was a different experience.”
Whilst his eye still doesn’t look healthy, Whiteside isn’t too worried:
“It’s just a bruise, so it will heal up over time.”