A BassParade (or is that BassBlaster?) reader who goes by the handle Olebiker hipped me to this pic of Matt Greenblatt “wearing eye black like he’s going to play center field in an afternoon ball game” – except he was in a boat on the St. Johns River.
My question, maybe yours is: Does that eyeblack stuff really work? And if so, what does it do?
A little Google-enhanced surfing later, and the answer seems to be:
1. The stick-on eye black doesn’t work – doesn’t do anything but make you look like you were hit by two coots running down the lake.
2. The greasepaint eye black does work – a little:
> This article from the ultra-conservative New York Times (lol) says one study “found a small but statistically significant improvement in contrast sensitivity and glare reduction for participants who wore the eye grease, but not for those who wore antiglare stickers.”
> This study says that “contrast sensitivity” for folks wearing eyeblack was better…sort of: “The use of eye black significantly improved contrast sensitivity, though only by a small degree.” Huh?
> Apparently blue-eyed folks don’t get as much benefit.
In other words, the #1 reason to wear it in sports is…to look cool and feel tough.
So forget about it when you’re fishing – UNLESS you’ve sold every square inch of your sponsorable stuff and are looking for another way to make a few pennies (and maybe formulate your own unique bassin’ look). Give you a head start: You can order the adhesive, plastic eyeblack with logos on it here.
But seems like if you put logos on it it could actually have the reverse effect. Ah well.
After selling that, you may only have shoelaces or shoe uppers left.
> Just about to post and found this link. Apparently Matt swears it works (that’s all that matters) and has the Carrot Stix logo on there…a little small!