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Old December 3rd, 2011, 06:23 PM   #1
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Out of focus eye

When i shoot a football game in the bright sun, i use the EVF and for up to 6 hours afterwards, the vision in my left eye is blurred - pretty badly. Is this an occupational hazard? Is this normal?

I know i'm going to get a bunch of 'shoot with both eyes open' responses . . . but i've tried and i find it difficult to concentrate.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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Re: Out of focus eye

Problems with your left eye for a while is normal. But 6 hours??? Really?
You might try using an eye patch, rather than squinting the eye close. That way, the muscles around the eye can be relaxed, instead of pressing the eye out of shape.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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Well, i stopped shooting at 5. And it's 9:30 now. Still seriously blurry. I see double vision when reading text by the bad eye. Maybe i am squinting hard - never noticed. I'll look for a pirate supply store nearby. Thanks for the tip!
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Old December 4th, 2011, 12:07 AM   #4
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Re: Out of focus eye

Mark, get checked out asap, you might need glasses. If so get transitional lens (the ones that darken outdoors)

The cost of those is paid for by not needing to continually replace lost or broken sunglasses .. those lens can block out harmful UV rays too.

Also try learning to shoot video with both eyes open, in the viewfinder you can see bad stuff coming into frame. HTH.

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Old December 4th, 2011, 02:39 AM   #5
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Re: Out of focus eye

This problem becomes worse with age. Our lenses get harder as we get older. That's why we need reading glasses, the muscles just can't bend the lenses as far as they used to.

When you put pressure on the lens for an extended time, it eventually distorts. And if you are older, it doesn't go back to its normal shape for a while.

Yeah, get an eye exam. It's good to do that regularly anyway. But I would be surprised if it doesn't get back to normal before long.

In the meantime, drink lots of fluids. Water is the body's lubricant.
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Old December 4th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #6
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Re: Out of focus eye

This may sound stupid, but try to learn to shoot with booth eyes open.
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Old December 8th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #7
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Yo David, no offence buddy but you might need glasses :)

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Old December 8th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #8
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Re: Out of focus eye

This happens to me too and has for years. It gets worse as you age like others have said. I try to keep both eyes open but don't always manage it. Oddly, I use my left eye for shooting when it's my right eye that's dominant. (I'm left handed mostly.) I wonder if shooting with my non dominant eye makes it harder for me to keep that dominant eye open.
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