Trouble on his left eye began in March when he was driving to Kansas City, Mo., for the NCAA basketball tournament. He said his latest surgery on his left eye, performed six weeks ago by Dr. Reagan Bradford at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, has gone well.
"I'm very positive — knock on wood — that if nothing else happens, I'll be able to do whatever I want to do."
Eschbach said all of his doctors have told him that pressure on his eyes from air travel should not affect his retinas. So he plans to keep flying to OU football games and overseas to exotic travel destinations.
He said he is planning a three-week trip in late July, possibly to Bali or Costa Rica.
"I'm going to live my life right now," he said. "I've got to do the things I've got to do."
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Al Eschbach rates his top five travel destinations:
Tahiti. It's so beautiful, it makes Hawaii look like Detroit.
Bali (Indonesia). I've always had a fascination with it from the movies. It's just another beautiful place that has incredible fruit.
Phuket (Thailand). It's just incredibly beautiful. Best seafood I've had in my life at a really good price.
Costa Rica. Been going there for years. Nice people and also beautiful.
Munich. Best beer in the world. That's where I first had beer with radishes.