What's up with my eyes?


December 21, 2006, 02:37 AM
All my life I've been left handed and left-eye dominant. I've shot this way constantly. And until very recently, I've been pretty sure that my right eye was the worse of the two, even though I have 20/20 vision.

So tonight when I was handling a friend's Mauser 98, I put it to my left shoulder just like normal and tried to sight up on a painting of a deer on a wall, about 20 feet away. I was having a hell of a time focusing the way I needed to to line everything up. I couldn't focus correctly to see the sights line up.

I switched shoulders. Same target. Through my right eye, I actually focused much easier when I was trying to line the sights up.

So my question is... What the hell? Why is that happening?

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December 21, 2006, 02:42 AM
This is a question for your eye doctor for sure, not a bunch of guys on a forum.

Buck Nekkid
December 21, 2006, 03:13 AM
Here's one simple answer (for complex answers see your optometrist). Try some Visine or similar eye drops. A number of years ago I woke up one morning and could barely see at all! My eyes would not focus and the world was a very scary place.

I got to the optometrist as quickly as I could and he discovered that my eyes had "dried" out. That is, the normal film of lubrication on everyone's eye ball was virtually non existent on mine. He put some drops in and in a couple of minutes everything was just fine. Ever since I put in a couple of drops every morning.

December 21, 2006, 11:33 AM
I'm no expert but I do have a cross eye dominance issue so understand your query. I was told it is not uncommon for the eyes to switch dominance due to things like aging, sickness, injury, etc. One time I shouldered my shotgun before a shoot just "gettin in the groove" without my glasses with the piece of tape to obscure my left eyes vision and I sighted right down the barrel as if my eyes had switched their dominance. I checked and rechecked then it dawned on me I had my hat pulled down just far enough that the bill knocked the vision down in my left eye enough for my right eye to take over. I thought I was "cured" but figured it out. So I still use the old piece of tape. I wonder if you had something going on like that? Hat...lighting, etc. My 2.

Cheers, Joe

December 21, 2006, 11:39 AM
You didn't mention your age. Lots of things happen in your eyes around age 40. Talk to your optometrist.


December 21, 2006, 11:46 AM
Could be age I'm 38 and I'm starting to see age show up in my eyes. Mild so far, thank god, but still the signs of age are there :cuss:

Also, every time I have a sinus infection (even if I don't think I have one) it messes up my ability to focus a little. Don't notice it in day to day stuff but sure notice it when shooting.

December 21, 2006, 11:47 AM
Obviously, if you have any concerns about what you think may be changing eyesight, you should get a checkup with your optometrist.

One answer may have to do with the distance at which you were sighting. While both eyes may focus well at distance, their ability to focus at closer ranges may vary. Especially if you are in your 40's or beyond. I don't think this is anything to panic about--just normal eyesight changes or variations, but get an eye exam to make sure.


December 22, 2006, 01:11 AM
If I were older I wouldn't imagine that it's any cause for alarm. But I'm 21.

I'm reasonably sure it was the lighting in the room at the time because I have since checked again, and didn't have the same problem.

Thanks for the input though. I was a little spooked for a minute there.

December 22, 2006, 01:24 AM
Sounds like old age to me. How old are you? Pretty much everyone loses their close-up vision eventually.

Update: Check that, I just saw that you are only 21. See an eye doctor. Even you young kids can go far-sighted.

Ranger 40
December 22, 2006, 01:34 AM
Go to the Eye Doc. I had a problem like that for some time. I found that using eye drops would clear it up. I used eye drops for some time. When I did go in for a check up they found a very bad eye infection in my left eye. It was not some thing you could see for your self. It has taken some time to clear this up.
If I had let this go on it would have had a real bad out come.:uhoh:

December 22, 2006, 01:48 AM
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December 22, 2006, 02:11 AM
Sounds something like an old song

December 22, 2006, 02:56 AM
You can eat with false teeth and walk with a peg leg.

You CAN NOT see with a glass eye.

Your eyesight IS important. See your eye doctor soon as possible. Might be nothing, but then again, let your eye Dr check you out. An eye exam shouldn't cost too much. Or,,,,,,,,, How much is your sight worth to you.

For what it's worth, my eyesight sucks. I'm in tri-focals, but at least I can see. Go see your eye doctor.


December 22, 2006, 04:08 AM
joesolo, interesting you bring that up.. I always wear my cap kinda low and use the bill to cover my left eye when using irons.

I keep both eyes open with scopes though and switch between eyes (typically when deer hunting, my left eye sees very well, but my right eye is significantly dominant. Doesn't see all that well either, so deer @ 200+ yards I kinda need to observe with left eye then focus with scope)

would be nice to have a 1.2x or something scope just for the perfect vision. Not much magnification though.

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