Overcoming The Challenges Of Astigmatism - Part 1

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    Krieger

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    Overcoming The Challenges Of Astigmatism

    Part 1

    In 2013, as a member of Triple Canopy's WPPS program I was on the range just having arrived to the U.S. embassy compound (Baghdad, Iraq).

    We were zeroing and qualifying with our rifles. When I looked through the red dot sight I saw something that I had never seen before; what was supposed to be a singular red dot looked more like a bright point with multiple offshoots of little red lightening bolts. I figured that my electronic sight was messed up. how wrong I was.


    If you see a “comma” or “star” type of pattern when you look through your red dot sight (as I did) instead of a distinguished red dot, you may have a condition known as "astigmatism".

    In this series of posts dealing with astigmatism I’ll define what astigmatism is, provide you with internet based recommendations and my suggested resolutions based on my own experience.

    Please feel free to share these posts with your fellow tacticians. There may be someone out there looking for this information.

    -Krieger
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    gll

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    If your backup sights co-witness with your red dot and the rear is aperture, try using the rear aperture with your red dot and see what happens. This is really only useful for rest or distance shooting, but the 'astigmatic star' is really adequate for CQB, otherwise.
     

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    I have bad astigmatism, but after 24 years using Cooper preference torics, I was forced to change to the new version from Cooper vision. I can't remember the name but the replaced the torics. I now have 15/20 vision and see everything. All my dots are clear when wearing contacts.

    You may look into Lasik surgery, but I've had excellent results with good contact lenses
     

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    I have bad astigmatism, but after 24 years using Cooper preference torics, I was forced to change to the new version from Cooper vision. I can't remember the name but the replaced the torics. I now have 15/20 vision and see everything. All my dots are clear when wearing contacts.

    You may look into Lasik surgery, but I've had excellent results with good contact lenses


    I appreciate your thoughs regarding Lasik surgery and the Cooper preference torics. I have more posts that I'll be writing about this topic. There might be some things that will surprise you.

    Respectfully,

    -Krieger
     

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    Overcoming The Challenges Of Astigmatism - Part 2

    In case you missed the first post about overcoming astigmatism you can find that post here:

    https://www.texasguntalk.com/threads/overcoming-the-challenges-of-astigmatism-part-1.106623/

    In this post, I'll be defining astigmatism in order to ensure that we understand what is actually occurring.



    Astigmatism is a type of refractive error in which the eye does not focus light evenly on the retina, due to a variation in the optical power of the eye for light coming from different directions.


    This results in distorted or blurred vision at any distance. Other symptoms can include eyestrain, headaches, and trouble driving at night. The underlying mechanism involves an irregular curvature of the cornea or abnormalities in the lens of the eye. Diagnosis is by an eye examination, through objective and subjective refraction.


    Now that astigmatism is (generally) identified, my subsequent posts will identify and discuss the internet based suggested resolutions and my own suggestions.


    You won’t want to miss out, so make sure you’re keeping an eye out for future posts. Please feel free to share these posts with all of your friends. There may be someone out there looking for this information.

    -Krieger
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    Axxe55

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    IMO, I think getting a medical diagnosis determined by a doctor would be the best source for determining whether a person has astigmatism.

    The internet, while a valuable tool, and is great for many things, is many times a poor place to get medical, legal, or advice on how to save your marriage.
     

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    IMO, I think getting a medical diagnosis determined by a doctor would be the best source for determining whether a person has astigmatism.

    The internet, while a valuable tool, and is great for many things, is many times a poor place to get medical, legal, or advice on how to save your marriage.

    I completely agree with you. That's one of the reasons that I am very careful to explain that the symptoms that I explain "might" be what one is suffering from. I will also explain what worked for me when I had astigmatism, acknowledging that my solutions may not work for another.

    Thank you very much for your thoughts. I appreciate that very much,

    -Krieger
     

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    Information is interesting but what is your expertise in this area?


    I don't really consider myself an "expert" in anything. I do however have over 30 years operating in the tactical realm, with 14 years in SOF and 10 years as a contractor.

    I would also share that this series of posts will deal with my personal experience in dealing with astigmatism. I believe that experience is a great teacher.

    Thank you for your question and providing me with an opportunity to provide a response.

    Respectfully,

    Krieger
     

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