Hi Ferfal, First off: THANK YOU for writing the 'Surviving the Economic Collapse...' book. You wrote it very well and I am trying to learn as fast as I can. You first wrote: Fix yourself and thats just what I did. My eyes are very bad (- 13 so I can't even read the time on my own watch without glasses). Now I've got implant-lenses (Artiflex, a new foldable Artisan implant lens) and my vision is 110%. (I even noticed improved results on the shooting range). But! Can you box with these? Can you take a punch to the eye? Could you tell me a bit about your experience? I'm not going to do cage- fights but am planning to spar and learn to throw a good punch at a boxing school... If I can with these lenses. I'd love to hear from you. Greetings from The Netherlands! Marco
Your doctor can sure answer that question much better than I can! :-)
But since you asked … and I sort of know what you mean, because I had the same doubt when I got LASIK.
Your doctor will sure not recommend it.
“Doc, would it be ok if I practice a sport in which we hit each other in the head? Well, its not actually a sport, I’ll be doing self defense training, so maybe someone will just go for my eyes and try to poke them out or crush my wind pipe, maybe kick my testicles if I he can Oh! There’s also a class where we might be hitting each other with batons, how about that?”
Of course not.
When I got LASIK done the doctor warned me about the risk of losing the eye flap when practicing contact sports.
“Doc, can I box? “
Reply I got: “I wouldn’t recommend it”
The risk with eye implants is even greater. Now, what does this mean?
First, are you planning on becoming the next heavyweight world champion?
No, I wouldn’t go for that.
Spar 3 times a week intensely with serious amateurs?
No, I don’t think it’s a good idea either given the implant.
My advice would be:
Train a LOT, work the heavy bag, the pads with a partner, and your feet work. Only spar lightly (NOT full contact), so as to have a good idea of what its like, and only do so with someone you trust wont go for a KO blow during the occasional light sparring session.
Talk with your instructor and explain the situation: You want to train, but you want to avoid hard punches to the head.
Try finding a sparring partner that understands this too. If you find a good sparring partner you’ll benefit a lot from sparring without risking implant or retina detachment. A light punch to the face will make the point, without risking you eye.
Again, its important to find the right sparring partner, usually it will be someone that has a good amount of experience and can control the strength of his punches, concentrating on the sparring session, movement, cover, and only hitting lightly with no intent of hurting you.
How about sparring on ground fighting and grappling without punches and kicks to the head? Again, you can do that and as long as you don’t receive blows to the head your doctor will be ok with it.
Instructor Jorge Baigorria said it best during one of the first classes I took with him: “Guys, if you want 0 risk, go golfing or learn ballet”.
There is a risk when you spar, there is a risk when you shoot real ammo with a bunch of people shooting ammo all around you.
If you want my opinion, Id’ say that the general health benefits of working out and training alone, the morale boost, not even mentioning actually needing it for self defense, the other health benefits alone out weight the risk if you do it carefully and avoid blows to the head as much as you can.