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Old 02-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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eye protection thoughts

hey guys,

Last week during practice I got hit in the with the edge of a glove. No permanent damage and besides a swollen eye and some discomfort, it was no big deal.
This got me thinking... A couple of times fighters have taken some severe eye damage. So how to provide better protection?
Glasses are obviously out of the question, but what about contacts? I don't wear contacts, so I don't know what material they're made off, but is it even reasonable to think if fighters wear contacts it would provide at least a little protection to their cornea?
Not sure how it would hold up when there's an eye poke (would it cause even more damage)?

What do you guys think?
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Contact would move around too much if you get hit in the eye with a glove or poked, which would mean more timeouts to fix it, or that fighter would need to forfeit. Not a good idea. Getting hit in the eye with the glove is apart of fighting, what the problem really is are pokes to the eye, which is solved by getting full gloves, at least ones that tuck your fingers into the glove. Can still be a open palm type glove, to allow fighters to hold onto legs/limbs better.
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Automatic DQ's for eye pokes, you will never see another eye poke again.
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Automatic DQ's for eye pokes, you will never see another eye poke again.
But you will likely see some Academy Award-level performances as fighters try to get their opponents DQ'd.

*cough* Koschek *cough*.

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But you will likely see some Academy Award-level performances as fighters try to get their opponents DQ'd.

*cough* Koschek *cough*.

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UFC makes a policy that if you fake an eye poke you're released from your contract.
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UFC makes a policy that if you fake an eye poke you're released from your contract.
Well, at least that would be easy to prove. /irony.

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I wear contacts & played basketball at a competitive level through Juco. Eye pokes happened often. For me, having an eye get poked while wearing contact lenses was way worse than without. You can tear a lens & have fragments or the whole lens pushed to places where you may have trouble extracting it from.
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... but is it even reasonable to think if fighters wear contacts it would provide at least a little protection to their retina?
Just to clarify. The retina locates in the back of the the eyeball, inside of it, so contacts would play no role protecting it, since they do cover the cornea, the front surface of the eye.
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Just to clarify. The retina locates in the back of the the eyeball, inside of it, so contacts would play no role protecting it, since they do cover the cornea, the front surface of the eye.
Thanks for the correction, I'll update my post.
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