Dominant eye test

Dominant eye test

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    Dominant eye test

    Dominant Eye test

    Sorry if I got the wrong forum for this post.

    The test confirmed what I knew, I am cross dominant. I have needed to train to shoot left handed because of a health reason with my right but haven't. Now with this added info I will.
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    My vision is slightly better in my left eye than my right, so when shooting a pistol, I always aim using my left eye.
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    That test is WAY WAY overly complicated.

    While sitting there, viewing your TV or whatever, you can test yourself with NO NEED of external and complicated stuff.

    At arms length, hold up one finger. And focus on it WITH BOTH EYES OPEN.. Try to have the finger over something in the background, and the further away the background object is the more dramatic the results.

    While focusing on your finger, close one eye. It doesn’t matter which one. If your finger has not moved and is still over the object in the background, your OPEN eye is your dominant eye. If your finger jumps to one side and is no longer over the object in the background, your closed eye is your dominant eye.

    It takes far longer to explain than the test itself. The test itself only takes a second or two.

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    Another way to do it is to hold your arms out and make a triangle with your hands. You want to treat that triangle like a peep sight and focus on somewthing in the distance with both eyes open. Slowly bring your hands in to your face while keeping both eyes open and the object centered in your triangle. Your triangle will end up in front of your dominant eye.
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    How does this apply to someone who is right dominant but can't close their left eye (without closing the right)?
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    Interesting. Thing about eye dominance is it can be overcome since the mind or brain rules all. If I shoot left hand, I use my left eye as primary. I am right handed and right eye dominant, and I shoot with both eyes open. Learning a different way of doing things takes time, but is possible. Difficult, but possible. As with many things, the more effort you put into it, the more you'll get out of it. Funny thing is about shooting....it's not only a sport and a survival tool, but it will make you more wise to your body and how it works. Therefore...............shooting is a healthy thing and good for you. I'll have to call Dr Oz and let him know he needs to put more lead in his diet because it's a good thing to do.

    How does this apply to someone who is right dominant but can't close their left eye (without closing the right)?

    I think you should seek a doctor's advice on that.

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    I tried Varmiter's test and no matter which eye I close my finger appears to jump. What does that mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nazshooter View Post
    I tried Varmiter's test and no matter which eye I close my finger appears to jump. What does that mean?

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    Now that’s a goodie. But the “key” is the background.

    Regardless of whether your finger appears to jump with either eye, In that jump, what happened in the background?

    If your finger jumps and it is no longer over the background object, your closed eye is dominant. If your finger jumps, but it still over the background, you open eye is dominant.

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    That's the thing. If I close my right eye the background appears to jump left but if I close my left eye the background appears to jump right. If the background object is small/far away then when I focus on my finger, the background object tends to double and I'm not quite sure which one to center on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macg19 View Post
    How does this apply to someone who is right dominant but can't close their left eye (without closing the right)?
    That's my problem. I can't close my right eye without closing the left. So for me, it's gotta be right eye when shooting or point shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nazshooter View Post
    That's the thing. If I close my right eye the background appears to jump left but if I close my left eye the background appears to jump right. If the background object is small/far away then when I focus on my finger, the background object tends to double and I'm not quite sure which one to center on.

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    Sorry, but if you REALLY have 'double' background you couldn't function in the modern world. You are trying WAY TOO HARD.

    Try it this way then. Just relax and look.....not focus.....but pick an object in the background and just look at it while relaxed. I would bet money you only see one object. If so, then bring your finger up to the object....still trying to remain relaxed. Chances are you probably see two fingers, with one slightly more defined than the other Now, if you THINK (eye/brain) you still see double background, you need to see a vision specialist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varmiter View Post
    Try it this way then. Just relax and look.....not focus.....but pick an object in the background and just look at it while relaxed. I would bet money you only see one object.
    Right so far.

    If so, then bring your finger up to the object....still trying to remain relaxed. Chances are you probably see two
    Yep.

    Now, if you THINK (eye/brain) you still see double background, you need to see a vision specialist.
    Only after I shift focus to the finger, but yeah.

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    I like this test very much as it's simple to follow and eliminates the double image of the finger in the foreground. I had thought I was left-eye dominant but the test confirmed I'm right-eye dominant. Now I should get all my shots in the x ring at the range!
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    With your hand in your lap, touch your finger to your thumb, like the A-OK hand sign. Focus intently on a distant object. Do the following two moves in quick succession to avoid brain overload. Quickly extend your arm to sight the object through the "O" in the OK. Quickly bring the OK to your face and your dominant eye. If you give yourself a bloody nose, you're ambi-ocular.
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    Sorry if I am a at a wrong thread but as I have read much of the post and most of them liked but a few replys have started to turn to finger pointing and a couple of remarks that were sent to my yahoo mail which I will bite the bullet. Being old does not mean being stupid and there were many great threads, comments and info post and I thank the ones doing so but a couple things in a personal direction has made the Shadow Walker decide to ride into the shadows on 4/24/12 at midnight.
    Thanks to the many for some great stuff and to the few I wish you better days.

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