Tight Spot Quivers
which eye for 2 contacts, close and far?
Contributors to this thread:
rershooter 19-Sep-17
Medicinemann 19-Sep-17
boothill 19-Sep-17
Redheadtwo 19-Sep-17
Proline 19-Sep-17
TD 19-Sep-17
JTV 19-Sep-17
WapitiBob 19-Sep-17
GF 19-Sep-17
Salagi 19-Sep-17
Yellowjacket 19-Sep-17
GF 19-Sep-17
Russ Koon 19-Sep-17
oldgoat 20-Sep-17
JL 20-Sep-17
Yellowjacket 20-Sep-17
KY EyeBow 20-Sep-17
Buffalo1 20-Sep-17
Tracker 20-Sep-17
From: rershooter
I am right handed and right hand dominant. If I go the route of one contact for close up, reading and one contact for distance. What eye would I put the distance correction lens in for bowhunting and 3d shooting. I use a hunting setup, peep and single pin HHA

From: Medicinemann
If you get a response from Genesis or Hawkeye, take it to the bank. They're eye doctors.

From: boothill
All depends on your prescription but maybe look at multi focal contacts. I used multi focal for several years but now use a single prescription.

From: Redheadtwo
I'm no eye doctor but...I tried the split vision thing,putting the far sight contact in my (dominant) left eye. Didn't work for me at all. All you can do is try it. Hope it works for you.

From: Proline
Same as Redheadtwo.......those didnt work for me either. Good luck.

From: TD
Just now checking out of my room at the Holiday Inn..... but I would guess you'd want the close lens on the eye you're looking through the peep and at your pin? The far eye, shooting both eyes open would help clear up the target?

TTT anyway.....

From: JTV
my eyes are slightly different than each other, but my left is for closer and right for farther...I'm right handed/right eye dominate and shoot with BOTH eyes open .....you should be asking your eye doc this question ...

From: WapitiBob
Do you want the pin in focus or the target?

From: GF
"Do you want the pin in focus or the target?"

That would be The Question!

IMO, anyway.

My contacts (both for distance vision) prevent me from seeing well up close. So do my glasses for that matter. Never bothered me for shooting peep & pin, but I do it "all wrong" according to many (including a guy who said he was a serious champion competitive pistol shooter, if you're willing to accept an Internet claim)...

Anyway, when I shoot irons, I check their alignment and then shift my focus to the target. With a peep, I just floated the fuzzy dot into position over the target. A guy who went by Rattus used to say that center fuzzy is the same as center sharp - and my shooting never could have disproved that.

So now I would recommend keeping a pair of cheaters handy and keeping the target in focus for both eyeballs. YMMV.

From: Salagi
I went with dominant eye for long range years ago but because of rifle scopes, (I don't use sights on my recurve, no judgement intended in that remark BTW). After 3 or 4 years I said nuts to it and had the eye doc go back to long range in both eyes and use reading glasses for up close. I didn't like the other way. But that's just me and I haven't even stayed in a Holiday Inn in a long time. ;)

From: Yellowjacket
The eye I'm looking through the peep with I have a slight correction .75 contact which is good for distance for me but clears the pin up enough also. The other eye I have a stronger contact for close up to read things like the sight tape. :) Works for me.

From: GF
You'd have to be a pretty old dog to not be able to accommodate a sight pin with .75, so, yeah - definitely age-dependent.

I guess I'm used to being one of the kids over on the Wall, but I rolled over 50 a few years ago and I can see clearly at arms' length without glasses, or I can see the rest of the world!

From: Russ Koon
I think it probably helps if your eyes are fairly close in their need for correction. I'm nearsighted in both eyes, but the worst one is my dominant right eye, and I'm a right-handed archer.

I do use the "monovision" method spoken of above, and use a contact that is underpowered by about one full diopter in my right eye, which brings the ppin into perfect focus. You can shoot decently with a fuzzy blob out there where the pin should be, but the aim will not be as precise, nor will that fuzzy blob remain visible in the low light of early mornings and late evenings when most of the action gets going.

The choice is not between a fuzzy pin and an equally fuzzy target. It's between a fuzzy blob that may become completely invisible in lower light, and a target that's still visible and in sharp focus with both eyes open and slightly out of focus when you shut the other eye for final aim. You can check out the difference easily by just looking through a pair of reading glasses. The ones that bring small print into sharp focus at arm's length will also bring your pins into sharp focus. Take them outside and see just how little they hurt your vision of something a block away. And remember, your other eyes will still be corrected for full distance vision or very nearly so, and will feed your brain the best image while you have both eyes open.

Kind of surprised to see so many say they had trouble with the monovision method, as it worked great for me and the few other guys I've discussed it with.I've known bowlers and golfers who both used contacts that way and liked them, enjoying the ability to see the pins clearly and also the scorecards, especially when they were doing the scorekeeping.

Some guys found them slightly distracting if used all the time, but I like them for all-around use. Driving, I can see the dashboard numbers and symbols just fine and still see the road ahead and read distant signs clearly without having to change glasses or tilt my head back to use bifocals. When I first got some contacts that were made that way, I figured I'd just be using the for golf or archery, and ordered extra lenses for the right eye that were also fully corrected for distance vision. I soon discovered that I preferred the monovison method for regular daily chores as well as for shooting, just for the convenience of always having one eye already equipped with a "reading glass" so I didn't need to fish readers out of a pocket to read a label or the menu. I had read that there were some folks who had problems tolerating the differing focal lengths, or adapting to them, but to me the transition was immediate and completely without bother.

Haven't been in a Holiday Inn lately, but I'd say the best bet would be to at least give the method a try. Usually the vendor of the lenses will bee glad to furnish you a couple with a bit less correction as a trial fit. A couple days should be enough to tell if you'll like them that way or need the same amount of vision correction in both eyes. If it works for you, I bet you'll really like it, and if it doesn't you're only out a few lenses and you'll know that method isn't for you.

From: oldgoat
Doesn't having one eye far and one eye near screw up your binocular vision and ability to judge distance?

From: JL
I had my right eye done a couple-three years ago. I wanted the Crystaline lens to hopefully not need glasses. The Doc put it in and it tore the lens sack during installation and he had to pull it back out and put in a generic lens. I can see pretty good at distance, a little blurred at the pin though. If it's light outside I can see good enough to shoot without specks. If very low light then the specks come on. I do have a small clump of a vitrious(?) that floats around and can cloud the central vision in the right eye. I've been holding off on the left eye as I'm a little gun shy about the procedure these days.

From: Yellowjacket
Oldgoat, Mono vision does mess up your depth perception some. I notice more so for close up like threading a needle. Not an issue for judging archery distances.

From: KY EyeBow
Rer, I'd start with the distance CL in your Right eye. Monovision is akin to expecting your truck to ride great with 3 tires instead of 4........... There are many variations of a modified form of monovision that you may need depending on how well the initial Rx works.

From: Buffalo1
I am right handed and right eye dominant.

When I had my lasik surgery - I had my right eye set up for close viewing and my left eye for distance. Never had a problem.

From: Tracker
I use contacts and use my reading contact I'm my dominant eye. I like a clear pin

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