Eye Dominance Question.


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JCH-19
June 7, 2011, 09:39 PM
Hey guys so I have been trying to find which eye is really dominant. The test I have read about involves making a small triangle with your hands looking through it and closing one eye at a time. The problem is when i look through the triangle i see two triangles so i can't center the object in just one. Any ideas to make the test work?

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russ69
June 7, 2011, 10:55 PM
Look at an object across the room. Make a circle with your thumb and forefinger. Pull your hand back and see which eye you move to. Most people are the same as their dominate hand. If you do this test and you end up at either eye, you are cross dominant and you can shoot any way you choose.

achttung
June 8, 2011, 02:41 AM
Or hold a finger up at arms length, and line it up with something vertical across the room. Close one eye, then the other (don't forget to open the first eye). Dominant eye will keep the finger lined up with the object, weak eye will make the finger appear to move.

22-rimfire
June 8, 2011, 01:00 PM
I am certainly right eye dominant, but sometimes I think my brain wants to shift to my left eye. Seems a bit odd actually. I generally use achttung's approach.

JCH-19
June 8, 2011, 01:47 PM
Achttung, I cant really line up my finger with something because when i focus past my finger i see two fingers and if i focus on it i end up with two backgrounds.

CoRoMo
June 8, 2011, 01:59 PM
I never knew it was at all difficult for someone over the age of 2 to find their dominant eye. That is, if they do in fact have one definite dominate eye. Which eye do you want to use when you shoot a gun? I'd say that one is your dominant eye. If you can use both, or have no definitive preference, maybe you don't actually have a dominant eye per se.

My little boy is only 3 years old, but I found out which eye he prefers to use to aim with. I gave him a paper-towel tube and told him to look through it. He put it up to his left eye, boom, left-eye dominant. I never realized that it was any harder than that.

snatale42
June 8, 2011, 01:59 PM
I cant really line up my finger with something because when i focus past my finger i see two fingers and if i focus on it i end up with two backgrounds.

I can be tricky, the easiest way to do it is, focus on what your going to be aiming at (doorknobs are always good) bring your finger up into your sight picture (just like you would your gun) Some people have to blink a couple times to "reset" while taking aim or switching eyes. Or just use your unloaded gun. If your still getting double vision see an Optometrist. Tell them your shooting is screwed up because of eye dominance they sometimes do a little extra testing, there used to dealing with that stuff.

jiminhobesound
June 8, 2011, 06:03 PM
With both eyes open point at something with your dominant hand. Then close alternating eyes. Your dominant eye will concur with the finger.

Heretic
June 8, 2011, 08:44 PM
I had to wear an eyepatch for a while on my dominate eye, and my left eye became the dominate one. After the injury healed, I patched my left eye to shift it back.

HammerheadSSN663
June 9, 2011, 09:32 PM
then you could have my problem in that I shoot left handed with a rifle but my right eye is dominant but I shoot right handed with a handgun.

I'm all screwed up.

crracer_712
June 9, 2011, 09:38 PM
then you could have my problem in that I shoot left handed with a rifle but my right eye is dominant but I shoot right handed with a handgun.



This isn't an issue, I'm the same way.

With both eyes open point at something with your dominant hand. Then close alternating eyes. Your dominant eye will concur with the finger.

This is the easiest way to tell. Although you don't need to use a 'dominate' hand, and the object needs to be at a distance, not something fairly close. Point at a street sign across a street, close one eye, open, then close the other. Which ever eye has your finger on target it your dominant eye.

hardluk1
June 10, 2011, 09:25 AM
Sounds more like your eyes are equal in strength

stonecutter2
June 10, 2011, 02:07 PM
Achttung, I cant really line up my finger with something because when i focus past my finger i see two fingers and if i focus on it i end up with two backgrounds.
Okay it's kind of crazy you posted this, because I tried to demonstrate eye dominance to my wife, and she said this exact same thing. I was like ??? but now I think I understand more of what she's talking about.

I "see" two fingers, but I know one is mine...and the other is a "ghost image" because I can see through it. But she said she just sees two fingers...which is confusing to me, but maybe she does.

Smokey in PHX
June 10, 2011, 03:30 PM
I've always been right eye dominate but I shoot both rifles and hand guns right and left handed. When I was a kid and wanted permission to get a BB gun, my father had a rule that on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I had to shoot left handed. I always followed that rule. In hunting I have shot three deer and one elk left handed. It is much easier to switch hands than try to move your body when hunting. I have also qualified Expert in the military both left and right handed. To this day I practice both ways of shooting.

Strangely I have not been able to do this with my bow.

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