Would you guys still fight even after an eye injury?
- 09-21-2006, 10:11 PM
Would you guys still fight even after an eye injury?
Basically I injured one of my eyes in my first mixed fight. I have some scar tissue on my retina right in the center of my field of vision. It distorts the vision in my one eye. It's not noticeable however and I can still live a normal life. The doctor lady told me I shouldn't fight anymore because if I injure my other eye the same way then it would be noticeable and I would not be allowed to drive.
So what would you guys do? I still really want to fight. My coach seems to want to fight. I'm fighting an exhibition match in a month with no kicks or punches to the face. Only open palm strikes to the face.
So how did I do in my first fight? I lost. My friend just got the DVD of it and he says I was totally winning the fight. I would punch and kick the guy and he kept running away. I kept trying to grab him but I couldn't catch him. Then I got hit in the eye with some lucky loopy ass haymacker, after that I couldn't see ****. I got hit with another big shot and fell down. Then he was punching me on the ground I was kind of out of it but I was still trying to grab ahold of him, then they stopped it.
I want to borrow the DVD from him but he's studying this guy on it who he's fighting for the Amaetur Heavy Weight title in a couple weeks.
- 09-21-2006, 11:00 PM
- 09-21-2006, 11:46 PM
I dont know if that is wise. I had a fractured eye socket, broken upper and lower jaws and i have a few plates still in my face. Its been a year and i got into a street fight with this ex con well i was doing good until i got caught with a 3-4 punch combo, not enough to daze me but I just had to call it quits right there. I know i could do even worse damage to myself. So I only fight if i need to. If it wasnt for my accident and surgeries I would be training in Bj Penn's gym right now.
09-22-2006, 01:04 AM
If I was in danger of losing my vision in that eye, then I would stop fighting. I know a few people that have been hit in the eye and they all say that it is the scariest thing that has happened to them while fighting/training. I hope that I never have to experience something of that magnitude and I hope that you are able to continue your pursuit whther it is in fighting or teaching.
09-22-2006, 01:19 AM
I'm surprised you could still be a licensed fighter or even pass the prefight medical test. I have a detached retina from a motorcycle and as a result could never get a fighter's license as the medical evaluations always caught it. Even though your urge to fight may be overwhelming, in the end you know it's best not to.
09-22-2006, 01:29 AM
I wouldn't risk it. I don't think you should do the exhibition match either. Open palm strikes could easily result in an eye poke. I think you should do some research, and go to a few doctors and get a few opinions. Unless a doctor tells you differently from the doctor you've already met with then you should quit fighting.
09-22-2006, 09:15 AM
Originally Posted by ersatz
What is your vision like in that eye? Did you lose some periphial?
09-22-2006, 09:33 AM
Yes I'm supposed to see a retina specialist on tuesday. They want to make sure everything is ok still. I know there is a surgery that can lift the scar tissue from the retina. I have not talked to anyone about that.Originally Posted by Alexander
As for the exhibition match I want to do it because my teacher is promoting the event, and I want to help out. Originally I told him I could still do amateur muay thai, with head gear and shin guards and stuff. That would be safer. But I don't know, he wants me to do mixed with this guy. I'm sure it will just wind up being a grappling match.
I do value you guy's opinions, I haven't made up my mind what I want to do yet.
09-22-2006, 12:00 PM
not worth the risk. I stopped competing in MMA a long time ago. Now I just compete in submission wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Thats plenty fun for me.
09-22-2006, 11:02 PM
Exactly what I was going to say.Originally Posted by Alexander
09-22-2006, 11:26 PM
Vision is significantly impaired in that eye. Closing the other eye and holding my hand six inches from my nose I can see about 2.5" in either direction. Obviously with both eyes it's not too bad but leftside peripheral vision is absent.Originally Posted by warriorway
09-22-2006, 11:29 PM
That is freaky. I have really bad eyesight (contacts), and I can tell you from stumbling around without lenses/glasses, you do not want to go there.
09-23-2006, 01:40 AM
I wouldnt chance it myself, esp if your 3-d or periferal perception is altered.
09-23-2006, 10:52 AM
No it's not that just a blurry spot in the center of vision when I cover my other eye. There was no detachment just some scar tissue blurring it.
I will probably never do full contact. I'll probably just help train with everybody and show up at their fights to show my support.
09-26-2006, 06:06 AM
I got stabbed in the eye with a wooden kendo sword. It was scary as hell. I've been shy about sparring people with the swords since. I almost pierced the eyeball and I had to get taken to the emergy room. It was pretty gnarly.Originally Posted by Rodja
I don't think you'll be able to enjoy MMA if you're worried about your vision. Just hang it up or get into competitive ju-jitsu or wrestling.
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