Eye Fatigue…..

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    Best_Sniper
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    Do you guys get eye fatigue after a good hour or so session of plinking?  Especially with iron sights where you have to adjust your eye depth constantly?  I get tired and lightheaded after awhile and was wondering if there's any thing I can do to improve my conditioning?

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    idoc
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    Make an appointment with your eye doctor. Your symptoms are not normal and no amount of "conditioning" will help. Trust me, I know of what I speak.

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    Stefanjan
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    Ok I typed out a whole long essay and then my tablet puked and I lost it all so let me try again.  Try shooting with tinted lenses.  It willallow your pupils to enlarge thereby giving more light and better sight picture.  Try shooting with both eyes open (difficult to learn to do)as it will relieve some eye muscle strain.  Try tunmelling your vision path (a curled baseball hat brim or even side shade on your shooting glasses).  Eyeglass wearer?  Try shooting with and without glasses (if possible).  Watch out for bi and tri focals if you wear them.  The transition usually falls right wear you want to look and can really strain a squinting eye.  Also go in a get and eye exam.  Make sure there are no underlying issues.  Try to avoid csffine before shooting as this dialates the eyes and that doesn't help with eye strain.  There are some simple eye muscle massage you can do before and after (basically temple circles).  I also found that sometimes simply closing your eyes for 30 seconds to a minute will give them a nice relaxing break.  

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    idoc
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    I have to respectfully disagree with your statement that " shooting with tinted lenses.  It will allow your pupils to enlarge thereby giving more light and better sight picture." The tint in the glasses REDUCES available light, and the large pupils will decrease depth of focus, which in some cases can cause more eye strain. I'm not saying that shooting with sunglasses is a bad thing to do, just disagreeing with your rational. 

    Regarding shooting iron sights, the focus should be on the front sight, not the target, which, depending on the shooters refractive error, can cause eye strain. Glasses focused for the front sight can be beneficial. IMHO

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    JimNM
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    Great answer from a professional point of view.  They call her Doctor for a reason, and it ain't a bug's bunny cartoon.

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    Maineiac
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    Trust the Man. He is an idoc, after all. ?

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    eodman
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    My eye Dr. says when shooting we are not blinking as much as we do normally and this dries out the eyes. He recommends eye drops once in awhile. I tried it seems to help. What do you think ? 

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    idoc
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    Artificial tears can help for sure. Our blink rate goes down when we read, focus on a target, etc. AT can relieve the symptoms of dryness (scratchy,gritty feeling, blurry vision) but it won't do anything for eye strain. That is a separate problem. For dry eyes, it also helps to just be conscious of your blinking so that you do it more often. Blink a couple of times as you are acquiring your sight picture.

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    John_in_Ma
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    I guess we have it lucky in field target with eye strain. To focus range find you have to intentionaly blink and refocus three or more times per target to ensure accracy. Also we take no more than six shots at a time which help tremendously. 

    On a personal note I try not to peer through the scope for more than ten minutes at a time regardless of how or what I'm shooting. Eye fatigue tends to come with a headache for me.

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    Peskadot671
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    I shoot with both eyes open. When I'm on the gun too long, I stop and take a smoke break. That's another problem for a different story. At night, when I'm doing some rat hunting, my eyes do get more strained because of the constant scanning for movement. I usually get up to relax,  stretch out and grab a beer from the cooler but that's another problem for a different story.

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    Stefanjan
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    Idoc thanks for the info.  I have shot with tinted lenses for years and have always found it better sighting.  I use polarized lenses so i wonder if that is what makes the difference?  

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    Haganaga
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    I’ve found that long sessions behind a scope exhausted my eyes. Then I got an eyepatch from Riteaid. Was much more comfortable glassing with the scope. I’d just flip up the patch when I had to do something else. 

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