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Old October 26th, 2004, 10:32 PM   #1
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Blurred Eye

I am having trouble with my left eye after a shooting it gets blurred.
Does any one else have this happen to them.
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Old October 26th, 2004, 10:35 PM   #2
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Old October 26th, 2004, 11:08 PM   #3
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Old October 26th, 2004, 11:30 PM   #4
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This is not good. You should probably see an ophthalmologist (not an optometrist) about this condition.

If you're shooting with a camera that does not have an lcd (ex: XL1S, XL2) keep your left eye open as you look through the viewfinder. With some practice it works well and also helps you to keep track of your surroundings better.

Again, if you use an XL1S and if your budget is liberal you could switch to the FU-1000 b&w viewfinder and outfit it with a Tiffen Tele 3x eyepiece. This would enable you to easy see the viewfinder with both eyes. Unfortunately, it's an expensive solution.

Again, though, this length of blurred vision is not normal and suggests a potentially serious disorder.

Good luck.
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Old October 27th, 2004, 12:01 AM   #5
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Old September 15th, 2008, 03:19 PM   #6
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Hi David,

I'm having the same issue. What was the result of this? Thank you.

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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:15 AM   #7
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The result for me was a prescription, for glasses.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:45 AM   #8
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Same here, although I must admit that it didn't take 5 days for my vision to un-blur, just about 10 or 20 seconds! Still enough to miss something vital if you have to look up to spot some wildlife.

As it happened, my left eye was quite shortsighted, and my right (viewfinder) eye is almost perfect. It was worse if I spent long times in the viewfinder with my left eye closed.

A trip to Specsavers and a few hundred £££ later and I'm fine - HD eyes!
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Old October 11th, 2008, 09:15 PM   #9
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Preventive medicine. I take capsules of Bilberry extract the day before and day of, a video shoot. It is used to strengthen eyes. It is part of most herbal eye medicines. Has been used by airplane pilots to improve night vision.
It works for me. Sometimes my eyes get very blurry during long shoots.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 11:34 AM   #10
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David:

I also have the same issue with the left eye. An optho told me what was happening was the pressure of long periods of squeezing the eye shut actually distorts the shape of the eyeball.

In effect, you give yourself temporary astigmatism. I try to shoot both eyes open, but when it's a high contrast lighting environment, and you really need to concentrate on minor details, it's tough.

That being said: 5 days? That's too much. Do go to a specialist and make sure there's not something else going on. Mine has never lasted more than a few minutes to maybe an hour or so at the end of a very long day.
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