A New Vision For Athletes

One Xcel's eye shields already have major-league backing

Two years ago, Ed Jarvis' 16-year-old son Ryan got poked in the face on his high school basketball court. The injury severed his optic nerve and blinded him in his right eye. A few months later, Ed allowed his son to resume playing basketball and football--provided he wear special shields to protect his good eye. But the two soon discovered that standard protective visors scratch easily, fog up, and cause visual distortions. Set on helping his son continue playing, the older Jarvis, then chief executive of food distributor Demakes Enterprises Inc. in Lynn, Mass., set out to design a better face guard.

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