I’ve been cursed and I don’t know whether to blame my mother’s or my father’s genes. Whichever it is, I’ve been doomed from birth to not have a dominant eye. Most people don’t care and it doesn’t matter to them if they have a dominant eye or which one it is; unless of course they are into shooting sports.
Having a dominant eye and shooting according to it has many advantages in archery, shotgun, rifle and pistol. By shooting your dominant eye (not shooting your eye out!) it is possible to use the other eye’s peripheral vision to gather all sorts of useful information. For example when hunting flocking birds and shooting with both eyes open, the dominant eye can focus on aiming for the target bird while the other eye can see the other birds and give fast feedback to a second or third shot.
When I shoot targets with a scope, I can easily overcome many of the limitations of not having a dominant eye by using a circle instead of a pin or a dot. By using the hollow circle, I can look through it and right at the “X” to focus on where I want the arrow to go and not on my pin. However, for 3D I shoot BHFS where I have to use pins. In order to put the pin where the arrow should go, the pin has to cover up the exact spot. Since I must close my left eye to not have some crazy double vision going on, my peripheral vision cannot see the intended impact spot.
One solution for some people is to put the pin directly below the spot where they want the arrow to hit. I have tried this with some success on paper targets, but was very unhappy with the results on 3D targets. The reason being that when shooting at various yardages, the sight picture and the relative size of the pin to the target changes. I’ve tried scotch tape on clear glasses and using a slightly wrong prescription in the left eye of glasses. Unfortunately I hate shooting with glasses!
For a time I actually worked with using self-hypnosis to try to get my subconscious to dim out my left eye and let my right eye take control. I had limited success with this, but it’s very possible I didn’t dedicate myself enough to become successful. Because this had some promise, I’m going to go back to working with this method along with trying some other ideas.
More ideas to try
- different eye dominance exercises, I’ve done many before but have some new ideas
- something like the Double Vision Blocker but possibly modified so that it covers only the pin from the left eye, allowing the eye to still see the target
- working more with self-hypnosis and training my subconscious
I am open to any other suggestions and willing to try different things. If I want to up my game in shooting, especially archery 3D, I need to whoop this issue once and for all! I’ll keep this post active and hopefully have some good results to report and suggestions to share with anyone else experience vision problems while shooting.