Aiming or shooting monovision

lazypineapple

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Apr 13, 2009
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I wear 1 contact len for reading.
In my weak eye.left
I shoot rt handed
Should I shoot both eyes open or close left eye.
I just got a handgun since going monovision so I've never shot with my contact.
The way it works I read with my left eye and see distance with my strong eye,
Your brain shifts from eye to eye as needed.
That way I don't have to mess with reading class.
 

40Arpent

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How well can you see the sights and the target with just your right eye (i.e., with your left eye closed)?
 

txinvestigator

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If you are right eye dominant and shoot often I suggest having your Eye Doctor make your right eye for near vision, and make you focal point out just a bit further than normal.

I did that and it works great.
 

lazypineapple

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Apr 13, 2009
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Granbury,Texas
Pretty good
Two handed is were it gets weird
I squint the left so the rt takes over
Then I open both. To zero in
If I hold gun in rt hand the rt eyes seem to take over.
I'm going to shoot tonight for first time.
So we will see:)
 

okie556

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If you are right eye dominant and shoot often I suggest having your Eye Doctor make your right eye for near vision, and make you focal point out just a bit further than normal.

I did that and it works great.
TXInvestigator,

Any advice on my problem. I am totally right handed but have to shoot lefty because I cannot closed my left eye........without closing right as well. Rifles are no problem.....just learned to either buy left handed guns or make sure safety is amedextrious. But with a hand gun I am not at all comfortable drawing and shooting a pistol with my left hand. When I shoot....I must adjust my stance and arm position so the sights align with my left eye. I tried both eyes open..........get double vision that way.

Thanks,

Okie556
 

txinvestigator

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TXInvestigator,

Any advice on my problem. I am totally right handed but have to shoot lefty because I cannot closed my left eye........without closing right as well. Rifles are no problem.....just learned to either buy left handed guns or make sure safety is amedextrious. But with a hand gun I am not at all comfortable drawing and shooting a pistol with my left hand. When I shoot....I must adjust my stance and arm position so the sights align with my left eye. I tried both eyes open..........get double vision that way.

Thanks,

Okie556

You need to determine your dominate eye. With both eyes open focus on an object across the room. Your arms should be at your sides. While looking at the object, keep both eyes open and bring your right hand up and point at the object.

Cover your left eye and see if you are on or off target. Now, repeat the exercise, and close your right eye instead.

Your dominate eye is the one you were ON with.
 

okie556

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Feb 12, 2009
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Longview, TX
You need to determine your dominate eye. With both eyes open focus on an object across the room. Your arms should be at your sides. While looking at the object, keep both eyes open and bring your right hand up and point at the object.

Cover your left eye and see if you are on or off target. Now, repeat the exercise, and close your right eye instead.

Your dominate eye is the one you were ON with.
Definitely left eye dominant! Guess it doesn't matter that I can't wink that eye..........it needs to be open!

Thanks for info.

Okie556
 

navyguy

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To lazypinaple: By all means try two eyes, even thought your left doesn't focus well at distiance, it will still give you better depth preception and peripheral vision.

To Okie556. I have the same issue, and I either pull my head around so my left eye sees the sights, or if the sights are hi visiablity, I've learned to use my right eye and it seems to work.
 

idleprocess

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Right-handed, but left eye dominant. I still use my right hand for pistols and rifles.

Shooting pistol, I've never had a problem shooting with both eyes open. Left eye sees the target, right eye sees the image of the sights overlaying the target. Switch it up shooting left-handed.

For rifle, I close the left eye since peripheral vision is less important than with a pistol and maintaining a consistent sight picture is much easier with a stock to index against.
 

M. Sage

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Whatever works for you while you're doing it.

If you can do both eyes open, go for it. If you have a better time closing an eye, do it. Personally, it depends on what I'm shooting and even what kind of shot I want to make. Just go with whatever works.
 

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