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kdog 12-28-2008 02:27 PM

Aiming and double vision
Hi Guys,

just a question.

Whenever I try to have both eyes open when I aim, I have double vision. I know my right eye is the dominant one, so I choose the right target.
But this needs a very large amount of concentration and could cause to loose the ceoncentration on the shooting part.

Is there a way to loose the double vision or how do you guys aim?
Both eyes open or one eye shut or something stuck on the glasses to partially cover your nondominant pupil to be able to keep both eyes open?


Mark F 12-28-2008 02:47 PM


You may want to visit an optomologist. You really shouldn't be seeing double no matter what. Some people shoot with one eye closed, some don't. I shoot with both open. I tend to shoot predominantly left handed & left eye, however I have trained myself to shoot right handed & right eye if needed.

You may also consider using a holoscope. They are very user friendly allowing you to focus on your target with both eyes then put the laser holo in your field of view.

kdog 12-28-2008 03:42 PM

The thing is, when I aim through the sights, my eyes have two different pictures, since the gun is not centered infrom of my face. So I have one eye looking at the target whith a gunsight between the eye and the target and the other eye only has the target to look at. So that gives a kind of a double vision with two defferent pictures.

Isn`t this sort of the problem that the Apache helicopter pilots have.
Trying to see and process two different pictures?
One coming from the electronic miniscreen on the one eye and the other looking at the cockpit.


Similar to what I mean.

BillM 12-28-2008 05:24 PM

Are you absolutely SURE your right eye is the dominant one? Just for giggles
try aiming with the left eye. I shoot right handed and aim with my left eye.
If I try to aim right eyed I get the double image.

kdog 12-28-2008 07:54 PM

I`ll give it a try, but I am sure my ruight one is the dominant one.

c3shooter 12-29-2008 12:02 AM

For those unsure which eye is dominant- with both eyes open, look at an object 20 ft away. Keeping both eyes open, raise your extended arm, with your thumb up (like hitchhiking). Position your thumb so it blocks the item you are looking at. Without moving your hand, close one eye. Open it, close the other. The eye that when open does NOT move the object side to side is your dominant eye.

Most folks have troubles trying to focus on rear sight, front sight, target- they are at 3 different focal lengths. Try focusing on rear, THEN front, THEN target. Target will be sharp, front a bit fuzzy, rear real fuzzy.

If your double vision problem is TOO distracting, get an inexpensive pair of shooting glasses (yellow lens safety glasses, Home Depot) and cover the non-dominant lens with tape or carboard.

But DO try to focus on the target, both eyes. Of course, scopes are a different matter.

Think Doc Holiday had a different solution in Tombstone, tho.....:rolleyes:

SGT-MILLER 12-29-2008 01:29 AM

These are all really good ideas.

I would recommend that whatever you do, you keep the "train like you fight" attitude.

Since you would probably not be wearing any range glasses in the event of a defense situation, I would stay away from aids like range glasses and whatnot.

It depends on what you are aiming (no pun intended) to do. Everybody's anatomy is a little different, so practice at your home and see what stance/view works best for you.

sgtdeath66 12-29-2008 07:23 AM

you could be straining your eye which in turn can cause a bluurry or double vision. try starting out with one eye closed and then open the other eye. it could be that your eyes are crossing, hence the double vision. thats all i can think of at the moment. ill keep thinking about it though

matt g 12-29-2008 07:29 PM

I've never been able to shoot with both eyes open unless I'm using a holosight or 0x scope of some type. I've always just trained to close my left eye as I pick up my front sight.

kdog 12-29-2008 08:32 PM

Hi gusy,

thank`s for all these answers.
Since I am back to the office today and up to my eyeballs in work, I didn`t have mch time to go through alle the answers yet. But as soon as I have the time, this week, I will and see, what methods I can adapt.


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