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Old May 21, 2016, 04:59 AM   #1
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Cataract in eye shooting question

I have a cataract in my right eye and I've always shot right handed because I always shot guns that the stock tapered down. Since getting an ar 15 since it has the straight stock I can't line up the sights. So should I start shooting left handed or put risers under my sights so I can line them up. I hope you understand what I mean thank you.(I have been looking in to surgery but when I was young they tried to fix it and cut out to much of my eye making it unfixable)
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Old May 21, 2016, 08:39 AM   #2
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I had cataract surgery in both eyes in November 2015. I'm disappointed that I can no longer focus well on the front sight with or without reading glasses. I'd get a second opinion on whether or not surgery could help you. Techniques have advanced greatly in recent years. If your eye is unfixable and were I in your situation, I'd try to learn left handed. Good luck!
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Old May 21, 2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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I haven't had cataract surgery so I don't have any first hand experience with before and after. However, a friend of mine had it done last year and he says it is great how well he can see now. He is a black powder cartridge silhouette shooter and has voiced no complaints on seeing the sights on his rifle. My wife had it done about 5 years ago and she has no problems with distance but needs reading glasses to read or do other close up work.
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Old May 21, 2016, 10:31 AM   #4
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You did not mention that last part in your previous posts.

I think the first option is to learn how to shoot from the other shoulder. If you cannot manage that, there have been "crosseyed" gunstocks and sight mounts for some time.

A friend lost sight in her right eye and what with other neurological faults, was unable to change sides. Fortunately her husband was a gunsmith and I had a bit of a library. We outfitted her trap gun with an offset rib so she could keep shooting.
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Old May 21, 2016, 11:54 AM   #5
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After my cataract surgery, iron sights once again became "doable". 20/25; only need slight correction for reading. Made a believer out of me, for sure.
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Old May 21, 2016, 01:30 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. The eye specialist I went to said that I could see out of it enough to read probably but I will be left eye dominant since I've always used it
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Old May 21, 2016, 01:44 PM   #7
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You need to just go back to square one on this thing. Test yourself for eye dominance today. Shoot with your dominant eye. It's really that simple.


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Old May 21, 2016, 07:33 PM   #8
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Yes but what about if say someone enters your home if my gun is setup for left hand I can't take left corners as well so.
1 use a pistol for inside instead of rifle
2 left hand setup with a reflex on top of my scope(it will be tall enough to aim through right handed)
3 still shoot right handed with risers under my sight and shoot left handed ok
Thank you for all the help i don't want to be annoying but I just don't know which route is the best.
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Old May 21, 2016, 09:15 PM   #9
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Yes but what about if say someone enters your home if my gun is setup for left hand I can't take left corners as well so.
1 use a pistol for inside instead of rifle
2 left hand setup with a reflex on top of my scope(it will be tall enough to aim through right handed)
3 still shoot right handed with risers under my sight and shoot left handed ok
Thank you for all the help i don't want to be annoying but I just don't know which route is the best.

Forget about all the room clearing CQB Navy Seal Delta Force garbage that the Internet has convinced you you can do. Unless and until you have been professionally trained to enter and clear a building, the only course of action you should seriously be considering is barricading yourself in a safe place, on the phone with police, and with a gun pointed at the door (which you can do right or left handed).

People who have been professionally trained to enter and clear a building generally don't do it by themselves, and they have friends with guns with them or on the way, and well rehearsed plans in place for what to do WHEN they get shot clearing said building.

After you have professional training in these matters, you won't have to ask guys on the internet because you'll know what to do. Until you have that training, relax.


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Old May 22, 2016, 08:41 PM   #10
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Sucks that you can't get the surgery. I had cataract surgery done on both eyes last year and I have never been happier. Ended up 20/20 in the left and 20/15 in my right (dominant) eye. yes, I have to wear reading glasses, but sight alignment is no problem.
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Old May 23, 2016, 01:03 AM   #11
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Cataract surgery is also refractive surgery today.
I am not an ophthalmologist, but I can tell you that technology has improved cataract surgery in such a way that results are amazing.
As a suggestion I would say that your eye doctor has to perform a pentacam examination. A Pentacam is a machine that will tell you very precisly which kind of Intraocular Lens you need. An OCT to see your retina is also very important. The surgical exoerience of your doctor is also something you should ask.
Want good results. Search for a Doctor that orders a pentacam exam to see fir which kind of lens you are candidate. Premium, multifocal or regular IOLs, OCT to see your retina and tell you about your sight future and surgical experience to minimize surgical complications.
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Old May 26, 2016, 08:56 AM   #12
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You might find these worth a read and further discussion with your eye doctor:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0065269/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0011863/
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Old May 26, 2016, 01:52 PM   #13
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I assume from your OP that you sight using left eye. I'd get the risers for now and then consider other options such as eye surgery. Lots of new options for eyesight improvement (lens replacement is one) and not to be rushed in to. If shooting from a benchrest, moving to south-paw shooting could be an option.
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Old May 27, 2016, 02:50 PM   #14
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Thanks I have been shooting southpaw for a little bit now and it doesn't bother me. Only problem is I'm so used to shooting right handed I always pick it up that way. I'm definently going to look into surgery though. Thanks all.
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Old May 27, 2016, 03:36 PM   #15
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I had cataract surgery at 5 yrs old and never thought that I'd be able to get glasses that weren't a 1/4" thick. 15 years or so ago I had the damage that was down by the first surgeries repaired and lens implants down. Left eye is 20/50 and the right is 20/30. First surgeries ether and sodium pentathall 30 days in the hospital for each eye. Repair surgeries 3 hours each home the same day.
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Old May 27, 2016, 08:53 PM   #16
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What jagbarrb said.

Cataract surgery (and the lenses used in that surgery) is improving by leaps and bounds. What you were told was not possible 5 or 10 years ago may very well be possible today. I don't know where you live but, if you're in the Northwest or near Albuquerque, Pacific Cataract & Laser is doing cutting-edge work in this kind of surgery.
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Old May 29, 2016, 07:56 PM   #17
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I'll concur with the last couple posts. The technology has gotten way better, a good ophthalmologist can implant the IOL and correct any damage done by past surgeries. I am an optican, and see the results of IOL implants all the time.
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Old May 31, 2016, 04:08 PM   #18
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I'll give you a report in a couple of weeks. The technology does seem to have come light years away from what I was expecting. My surgeon is doing laser cataract removal and is correcting my astigmatism as a part of the procedure.

What I was not expecting was the choice of available lens they can put back in. I was offered a multi focal lens that is supposed to correct vision at varying distances and no glasses needed after the procedure. My surgeon said this was an option if someone really wants out of glasses, but it would not be a choice for someone who is a perfectionist. Meaning it would not be as crisp and clear as a single focus lens. I am opting for the single focus lens and will roll the dice as to what strength readers I may require.

Considering I am probably legally blind in my right eye at this time, I'm really looking forward to getting it done. I am totally amazed at how quick the cataract developed to this point. About 6 months ago I got a new prescription and was told at that time I was at least a couple of years away from needing surgery.

OP, I would really get a second opinion on available options.
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Old June 1, 2016, 04:45 PM   #19
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I can you first hand what cataract surgery did for me ... I just had mine done ....one in late March and the other in mid April .... my shooting is like day and night different as I can actually see the targets and my sights as good or better than I ever have ... I do know that the technology has really advanced in the past few years ...
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Old June 1, 2016, 09:20 PM   #20
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Thank you I'm looking into cataract surgery for sure.
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Old June 1, 2016, 09:22 PM   #21
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OH and to everyone who has had cataract surgery how much better can you see?
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Old June 3, 2016, 11:42 AM   #22
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Surgery was done yesterday on right eye. First post op visit was at 09:15 this AM. Eye is still dilated. Surgeon said it will clear up more in the next few days. Already vision has gone from 20/200 pre-op to 20/25. This is with no prescription lens.

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Old June 3, 2016, 02:37 PM   #23
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wow thanks that's awesome
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