May 7, 2008

Vision and Shooting

Myth – “I used to be able to shoot good, but now my eyes are bad.” and/or “I wear glasses so I can’t learn to shoot well.”

Fact – Anyone who can see well enough to read and safely drive an automobile can see well enough to shoot good scores.

Anyone can learn to shoot at a high level as long as he has one functioning eye able to sufficiently resolve sight alignment, even if optical correction is required.

As humans age the muscle with control the eyes may weaken. The vision is probably fine, but the muscles that help adjust and control focus weaken, requiring reading glasses or bifocals, even for people who never previously needed spectacles before. The only hindrance to shooting is that most prescription lenses are ground to focus at a “normal” distance that will aid the wearer in typical tasks such as reading. Lenses can be set up to focus at some other specific distance, such as a front sight on a rifle or pistol.

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