The sun is shining on game day. You assume you’re prepared for the weather by wearing your contact lenses and sunglasses. But when you miss that ball because of the glare from the sun, that preparation seems useless. If you’re wondering what the problem could possibly be, take a look in the mirror: your eye color could be the source of your quandry.
You’ve probably never thought about how eye color can affect your athletic performance. Players with light colored eyes have less pigment in the macula of their eye. Because this pigment serves as “internal sunglasses” for the eyes, less pigment means your eyes have less protection from the sun and the resulting glare.
Eating dark, leafy vegetables like kale or spinach, which are filled with nutrients called carotenoids, can “build up” the macular pigment in your eyes. However, it’s difficult to implement enough of these foods in the average diet; supplementing with dietary zeaxanthin and lutein can make an incredible difference.