About the Product

Farkas Eye Black was inspired by the life and NFL career of Andy “Anvil” Farkas. Farkas changed the face of the American Athlete when he became the first player to wear Eye Black in the NFL. The standout fullback laid those groundbreaking lines under his eyes in 1942, and led the Washington Redskins to the World Championship. An All American out of the University of Detroit (1937), Farkas played 7 seasons with Washington and capped his career with the Detroit Lions in 1945. In 2002, the Redskins named Farkas as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of all time. 


Packaged in a silver tin, Farkas Eye Black has been developed for the serious athlete. Designed to stay on longer, resist heat, and come out of uniforms after the game.  Farkas Eye Black is made to exacting standards as specified by Yale doctors.

The Science Behind Farkas Eye Black

Ten years ago, in 2002, Dr. Brian DeBroff and Patricia Pahk published "the Yale Eye Black study" to determine whether black eye could assist athletes in high glare settings caused by the sun or stadium lights. The study found that eye black reduced glare of the sun and improved contrast sensitivity, whereas commercial anti-glare stickers were found to be ineffective.

Dr. DeBroff is a world renowned Ophthalmologist at Yale University Medical School.  He proudly serves our veterans as Director of Cataract Surgery at the West Haven Veterans Administration Hospital and maintains his clinical and research expertise in pediatric and adult cataract surgery. He has published over 50 journal articles on the subject of ophthalmology, as well as seven book chapters and one textbook. 

Dr. DeBroff has played an active role in the Yale Ophthalmology residency program since 1994. He served as Residency Program Director and Vice Chairman from 1999 to 2006. In 1998 the program's residents presented him with an award for excellence in teaching.  In 2000, he completed an Executive Management Program at the Yale University School of Business.

Dr. DeBroff is a founding board member of Farkas Eye Black and the scientific advisor to the company with complete control over the formula of Farkas Eye Black.