Gary Anderson: World darts champion may wear glasses

Gary Anderson (left) and Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson is only the fourth player to retain his first world title, following Eric Bristow, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis

PDC world champion Gary Anderson says his eyesight "is getting a bit dodgy" but would need to adapt his throwing action if he played wearing glasses.

Anderson, 45, defeated Adrian Lewis 7-5 to retain the PDC World Championship title at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

The Scot, who miscounted three times during the final, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I need to get my eyes tested - I am seeing numbers that aren't there.

"But I would have to change something, to get used to playing in glasses."

Anderson, who was the only player to complete a nine-dart finish in the tournament, says he has experimented with wearing glasses during practice.

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But while his eyesight improves, his throwing style is hampered.

"I have used reading glasses when I have had a throw, and I can see the board fine, but I find that I am knocking them halfway across my face," he added.

Anderson, who allowed Lewis to draw back to 2-2 after miscounting when well-placed for a break in the fourth set, insists his mistakes were due to a lack of mental focus rather than an eyesight issue.

"I was having a bad day and the brain wasn't ticking over quite right," he said.

"I have made few mistakes over the past couple of weeks, but I think it is just concentration. You are working everything out all the time."

Gary Anderson (left) and Adrian Lewis

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