Eye problems...

Discussion in 'General Airgun Chat' started by RobF, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. RobF

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    Been having a few eye problems recently... Helen has taking to shouting but then amusing herself by moving the door handles around...

    But i've got to the bottom of it, and it's the old age creeping in... no biggie, just need the lenses redoing in the glasses. But there was some interesting info gained along the way.

    As you get older ( close to 40 ), you ability for the eye to accommodate different focus lengths reduces... so your eyes get tired quicker as they try to. Your speed of focus change also reduces. Also, as you concentrate, your blink rate drops. I has been noted that downhill skiers sometimes never blink in a run that may last close to 2 mins! That concentration, combined with dusty enviroments, means your eye can sometimes not clear so well and may run a little drier.

    Considering I drive to many shoots, it's probably safe to say my eyes are already sub what they should be when I arrive... added to a few hours staring down a scope and a drive home after a dusty day's shooting... and then a week staring at a screen, they're getting a hard life.

    I've been using some eye drops to replace the fluid when my eyes get tired, and the effects are noticable... better contrast, colour, and sharpness.

    Just thought i'd share as I spoke to two at the weekend who had been diagnosed with a dry eye.

    I'm using Viscotears, which is available over the counter, and about £4. Worth a go perhaps if you seek medical advice due to similar problems.

    As an aside, I asked if the eye could change focus if you got hot, but it's only in extreme heart loads that this might occur, suffice to say if you're not feeling like you've just run 400m, it's not something you should encounter even if you get hot while shooting... so that kicks one aspect of scope temp shift out there and away a little further...
     
  2. NJR 100

    NJR 100 Because I`m AWESIME !!

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    I`m worried, I can see Holly reading this and trying, but due to old and tiered eyes, picking up that tube of superglue instead.

    Then he will be on here saying the Pm is really dark and he should have baught another x35 comp:D

    My eyes "changed" last year. I used to be able to read with my glasses on but no more.

    Lot be said for staying overnight on the longer trips?
     
  3. Conor

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    A hot,damp face cloth placed over eyes at night for a few mins allows tear ducts time to recover and stimulate fluids to help relief eye fatigue.;)
     
  4. PeteM

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    Me too..

    I had this problem for some time now, got bad three years ago.
    I can't rangefind using the parallax method anymore. I get a wildly different reading each time.
     
  5. PaulD

    PaulD I like Feinwerkbau's

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    You think you've got problems Rob? i suffer from glaucoma. Ive had various procedures to help the situation including laser treatment and i ended up having a valve in each eye to relive excess pressure. This is basically a cut in the rear of the eyeball which lets fluid leak out. To stop the cut healing i have to use drops each night. During the operation my right eye was damaged and I'm classed as 50% blind in my right eye. If i shut my left eye and look through the right its like looking through a net curtain from the top half of my vision.
    I'm right handed and right eye dominant so Ive had to learn to shoot left handed! To make matters worse i drive 44tonne chemical for a living so my mince pies get a right hammering:(
     
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    Thank the lord I am still young and dont suffer from all these age related problems :p
     
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    ...[/QUOTE]
    As an aside, I asked if the eye could change focus if you got hot, but it's only in extreme heart loads that this might occur, suffice to say if you're not feeling like you've just run 400m, it's not something you should encounter even if you get hot while shooting... so that kicks one aspect of scope temp shift out there and away a little further...[/QUOTE]

    Rob are we gonna see you at the Grand Prix's with your head wrapped in Baco Foil then?:D
     
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  8. RobF

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    apart from senile delusions :D
     
  9. richardio123

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    One point I would like to add is that staring at a target will burn the image into your retina! It was explained to me by Mike Taylor a complete Guru for shooting and eyes.


    Anyway, your brain will stop updating information as it gets used to an image not changing...so for us target people looking at a black circle, the longer you look the less lightly what your looking at is the actual target, shooting an 8 is no problem and experiments on scatt show the shot was good but the result was not at all where you thought you were aiming. So looking at a target for no more than four seconds is what is generally accepted then it's time to build the shot again...

    I used to use Clarymist (tescos i think), you spray it onto your closed eyes and it is a synthetic tear formular! Good tip for Mr Coolings wife Di!

    Rich
     
  10. raygun

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    Hi Rob,

    Eye problems :D

    Just over a year ago I was having problems finding/locating targets. Daylight dawned and I realised that my Reactolite lenses were going dark and making the location of targets difficult to make out in woodland. I got glasses with clear lenses.

    I then bought a laser pointer which was total crap. The blue dot was so pale that even at a couple of feet it was hard to make out, especially with my right eye. Complained to my Optician that his prescription was rubbish. My Optician riposted by saying that his prescription was fine but my Cataracts were the problem :eek:

    Hospital said they would operate on both my eyes. Did my right eye and then said that's it :mad:

    I now have much brighter vision in my right eye with my nice new plastic lens. The laser is now a nice bright purple colour.

    I can now see all the floaters I have in my right eye and it's like having a series of mobile mil dots. As long as I get the right "floater" in the right place the target falls. Every shot is like winning the Lottery :D

    Better than being blind I suppose :D

    Isn't ageing fun :D:D

    ATB
    Ray.
     
  11. Snike

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    I have been using Optrex Actimist eye spray, easy to use just spray onto closed eyes, cooling and quickly gets rid of dry eyes. Only downside is that it is £14 a bottle.

    Paul
     
  12. Scooby

    Scooby Pete Dutton

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    Hi Paul,

    I use it too, does it sting your eyes initially ?
     
  13. Miss England

    Miss England Mr. Kipling has nothing on me

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    I use Opticrom Aqueous in the Summer as I get Itchy dry eyes with my Hayfever but it does wonders on tired eyes..... must remember to go and get some....

    On a girly note the best thing to refresh eyes is 10 minutes with cold cucumber or cold tea bags on your eyes..... cold flannel works well too for those not feeling the girly solution!!! :p

    Also I find having a personal driver to all shoots of massive benefit.... no stress on the eyes through having to concentrate on the roads, I can close my eyes if tired which would cause obvious problems if I was actually behind the wheel..... ;) Oh and before anyone jumps in.... I did offer to share driving duties but Rob declined so I am enjoying having a personal chauffer guilt free!! :p

    Oh and I do have the better side of age on my side..... :p :D
     
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    My optician said that if you have 'dry eyes' you actually produce more tears to compensate. :confused:
     
  15. RobF

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    Perhaps, but I think the problem is made worse by dust which can reduce the flow of them...

    If you made Pete shoot a daystate for a round, you could measure his tear rate. Then you could compare with the next time when he had used eye drops and shoot it.
     
  16. Scooby

    Scooby Pete Dutton

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    Id rather not shoot :eek:
     
  17. alan-aitch

    alan-aitch I'll practice tomorrow...............

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    Closed eyes Pete, CLOSED eyes..... :D :D
     
  18. Scooby

    Scooby Pete Dutton

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    It still stings :(:D
     
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    Hi Pete,
    Not noticed any stinging, unless you have your eyes slightly open in which case it will.

    Paul
     
  20. Scooby

    Scooby Pete Dutton

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    I know what you mean but to moisten the eyes the fluid runs down the lids & over them into the eyes.

    It's probably just me being a wuss, it's good stuff though :D
     

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