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    My eyes are showing the effects of old age combined with diabetes. The left eye is clear and correct. The right however, is a blur now. A red dot projects a triangular pattern. Scopes blur. In brighter light, iron sights are somewhat ok, but as the light dims so does my vision. As a boy, learning to shoot, I was trained right-handed. However I am, naturally, left-handed. The difficulty is when younger all the weapons and tools were designed for right-handed folks. In fact, I'm even left eye dominant. When I shoot a pistol I cock my head to the right and use my left eye for sighting. But in essence I'm am predominantly right-handed as a result of all the training when younger.

    Now today I use my left eye more than ever because I am teaching myself to shoot long guns left handed. It sounds like an easy task, but I have been shooting for over 60 years and that old habit of putting the gun stock up to the right shoulder is hard to break! Things like shaving, hammering a nail, and other utility type actions I do all left-handed. But being a southpaw growing up in a right-handed world I adapted accordingly. So now I'm doing reverse engineering, so to speak, and reteaching myself to become more left-handed then I was six months ago. It feels extremely awkward to try and shoot a long gun left handed. With a pistol I wobble around so bad I'm afraid I'll shoot myself in the foot if I'm not careful! Haha.

    Anyone else experiencing this kind of dilemma? Mind you, I'm not whining or complaining. Just kind of throwing this out there to see if anybody else is in the same situation and what they've done to correct it. The VA said that I'm not due for another eye exam for 8 months and just deal with it. Oh well your tax dollars at work huh? Meanwhile, I'm still trying to get that rifle butt tucked into my left shoulder.

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  • #2
    I've been told that diabetes can bring on cataracts, or so my sister tells me. That is correctable (she did it) if that is the problem. See an ophthalmologist post haste, screw the VA. If you are too far (over 40 miles) from the VA facility, you can go local and bill the VA for it. Check that carefully, there are a few other limitations, but DO IT.
    -Remote locations are cheap insurance.
    -There are two kinds of ships: Submarines and targets

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    • #3
      Called around the local area for eye specialist [can't spell that big opp-word] and found three that do full eye care. Two said they would possibly consider dealing with the VA, but sounded happier when I said I had Medicare... Sorta....
      We'll see [no pun intended] what happens...

      Meanwhile, went out this morning with the Anderson model M4 copy with the reflex sight. 3 rounds right-hand and barely on paper. Swapped to southpaw and put five dead center and two touching at 50m from a sitting position. From 100m it was the same story except right-handed I never touched the target from a bench! Lefthanded, 5 rounds 1 1/4" above the X in a 1.8" group with plinking ammo.

      Yup, gotta get the eyes matched up or revert back to being a southpaw again with right handed rifles... Now to figure how to finance this.
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      • #4
        Found this article this morning while accidentally searching for something else. It immediately caught my attention and much of which is described here as symptoms are similar to what I have now. Perhaps this applies to many of us and we don't know it. Worth reading I think if you have kind of fuzzy Vision on a red dot, Huh?
        By Brad Steenrod Why Your Red Dot Looks Blurry and What to Do About It When you look through a red dot sight, do you see a crisp, clearly-defined reticle, or something completely different? If you see a blurred dot that looks more like a star or a comma, or if you see multiple dots …
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        • #5
          Yes I am in the same situation. I taught myself to shot right handed many years ago. Now I have lost sight in my right eye due to a detached retina, that wouldn't heal right. I am in the process of learning how to shoot left handed. It helps that I am left handed and my left eye works good. Your second paragraph could have been written by me, as it is the same as my experience. The only difference is I don't have trouble with handgun.

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          • #6
            Yup, as with handguns, I've always cocked my head a little to the right and used my left eye to shoot.

            I've worn glasses since the 80's and do have astigmatism if I remember correctly. Also, isn't it supposed to be like a ring of blur with a cataract?

            And the funny thing is that when my blood sugar levels were elevated a bunch my vision was great. Didn't even wear my glasses at all. The VA, of course, freaked out and changed my meds. The A1C level is normal now but then my eyesight went to crap. Ain't no happy medium here I suspect. But I've found that I'm not bad shooting lefthanded either. Put a modest 1.25X4 mildot scope on the carbon framed AR15 yesterday. Zeroed in and was shooting 1MOA at 100m off the bench and no bag. Guess I'm going back to southpaw again.
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            • #7
              Isn't old age grand? Sure better than the alternative though.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kit Fox View Post

                I've worn glasses since the 80's and do have astigmatism if I remember correctly.

                Also, isn't it supposed to be like a ring of blur with a cataract?

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                I've 74 years experience wearing glasses for multiple problems. Always corrected to 20/20ish. Cateracts will manifest in several different ways, thus spake my sister and my father. One standout tipoff is seeing double with one eye. Another is as you suggest, a blurry ring.
                -Remote locations are cheap insurance.
                -There are two kinds of ships: Submarines and targets

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                • #9
                  Well I'm still going to find me an opto-what-cha-call-it and get my peepers checked out. I think my VA specks just ain't cuttin it....
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                  • #10
                    Don't know if will be of any help. I have to have reading glasses. My Dr. told me to get + 2.25 at dollar tree. Front sight was fuzzy with or without the glasses. Tried +1.00 worked fine till I used my red dot. Dot was very fuzzy. Tried clear glasses red dot was fine. Son wears glasses and had some problems. The clear fixed his problem also.
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