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I was wondering who else out there shoots with both eyes open but is cross eye dominant.  I just started trying to shoot with both eyes open. I’m left handed but am right eye dominant.  I turn my head slightly to my left shoulder and can pick up the front sight right away. I’m thinking about adding an optic to my x5 so I figured shooting with both eyes open would be better.  I still tend to close my right eye on distant shots and use my left eye.  I’ve been shooting one eye for about 30 years so it’s going to take a lot of training to get used to both eyes. Any suggestions and or what other techniques do you feel works for you.  Or should I stay with one eye.  

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My daughter is right handed but left eye dominant.  She has only shot optics and shoots with both eyes open.  What I noticed is that she simply puts the gun in front of her dominant eye.  She stands facing the targets like normal but when she draws, the gun comes up in front of her left eye.

 

One thing that will be different with optics is where you focus.  Don't focus on the dot like you would the front sight.  Focus more on the target and let the dot appear there.

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Im also crossed eye dominant but right handed and been shooting for about 2 years.  I've trained to keep both eyes open shooting pistol from the beginning.  I also do the same turn of the head but on the other direction.  About 8 months ago I started shooting carry optic and continued to shoot the same way. At first it was hard to find the the red dot. After couple of months, I gotten used of it. Now, I'm shooting pcc with both eyes open. 

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I’m cross eye dominant too.  Grew up closing my dominant eye and shooting one eyed. As I got in to college, I trained  myself to shoot both eyes open, but it’s getting hard since my near vision is going down hill fast

 

so I’ve been switching to optics.

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I have the same problem. I shoot with both eyes open, but as I draw my gun I hold it in front of my left eye, which people not knowing I was cross eye dominant have told me was a waste of time. I use to shoot with my head turned, but I have managed to train myself out of it. This is shooting with iron sights. I have yet to shoot a pistol with optics.

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I have astigmatism and the dot kinda looks funny to me. I just learned to ignore how it looks and just kept shooting. 

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I gave up on shooting with 2 eyes. I'm lefthanded but back in the 70's it was common for teachers and parents to encourage their kids to do everything righthanded, so all my life I've been shooting righthanded with left eye dominant. I don't see a huge advantage shooting with both eyes. There's a guy on here that goes by tony the tiger and if you watch his YouTube videos he shoots rifle and shotgun righthanded and his pistol lefthanded all with one eye closed.

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We used to use a small piece of scotch tape on the weak side lens (left eye foe right handed shooter) of shooting glasses and leave both eyes open for guns with iron sights.  You automatically use the uncovered eye for sighting, but no loss of peripheral vision.  

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I am also left handed and right eye dominant. 

 

When I first started out years ago, I would close my dominant eye (right eye) and shoot with my left eye open because the gun would be in line with my eye and the sights were easier to line up.  shooting with one eye closed wasn't optimal for USPSA since it hindered my peripheral vision.  I decided to make the switch to shooting with my dominant eye and both eyes open.  I took an old pair of shooting glasses and used sandpaper to rough up the left lens.  I made it opaque so light would pass through, but I couldn't focus on anything with my left eye.  I wore the glasses around the house and while watching TV.  I was training my right eye to be dominant again.  After a while, I was able to shrink the size of the spot covering my left eye.  I had to do it gradually over time.  Simply putting tape over my pupil would screw me up.  my left eye would "see" too much.  It's going to take a while for you to be able to shoot with both eyes open.  I would suggest you do what I did.  blur out one lens and wear them as much as you can around the house, dry firing, during live fire, training and at matches. I wouldn't expect miracles overnight and I wouldn't be surprised if you have some eye issues at a match or two.  The key is to wear the glasses as much as you can doing routine daily activities.

Good luck.

 

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Right handed, left eye-dominant here. I started just turning my head so my left eye was at the sights (I'm a photographer by trade and this is my natural motion when bringing a camera up to my face.) Then I tried the scotch tape trick but it gave me a head ache. What's working for me lately is a lot of "sight training" where I air gun with an empty water bottle. This helps my eyes go from target to sights. I'm just now getting to the point where I don't have to close my left eye to start. My eyes are "learning" to shift focus and make one image.

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I'm cross eye dominant. just turn my head slightly to the right and my left eye takes over the work but both stay open. Going target focused has really helped my accuracy.

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Once I learned to keep both eyes open, I struggled with eye dominance and double vision.  I tried tape and it worked well but I was determined to have both eyes open and no tape.  After a lot of effort,  I was able to tune out the image that I didn't want to see but it took a lot of work and if I didn't maintain that skill, the double vision came back.  Last year I gave up and switched back to tape.  I'm shooting a lot better now and don't worry if I will see double during a match.  

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One thing you can do is on your dominant eye put a little swipe of chapstick on your shooting glasses it will be enough for your weak eye to take over. 

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