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I couldn't shoot well for most of 2019. I'm 71 YO, had cataract operations, have retinopathy, and the start of Macular degeneration. There were days when the sights and target were all blurry. There were days when the sights were only a little blurry and I could see 2 bullseyes. During dry fire sessions I would line the sights to a target with both eyes open, close the left eye and the front sight would move to the right of the rear sight. Things were so bad I started practicing point shooting and shooting with only the right eye open instead of both.

I finally went to the eye Dr. yesterday and I couldn't read the top line of the eye chart with my right eye. The macular degeneration has gotten significantly worse in the right eye only. We did a check and found out the the left eye is now my dominant eye. She said the mind made the change because the vision was degrading in the right eye. There is no cure or treatment for my condition. It will probably continue getting worse until I'm blind, if I live long enough.

Well I'm not giving up shooting. When I can't see the sights or target any more I'll have someone turn me towards the target and i'll empty the gun.

The bright side of the situation is that I went to the range today to see what I could do shooting with the left eye open and the right closed. and I got some groups that were better than any I had in many a month. It was a little weird, and I kept on wanting to open the right eye, but I was pretty happy with the results.
 

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Heck, that's better than I can do at age 42 right now without any (significant) eye problems, so I'd say you're doing pretty darned good, all things considered. It's like most things in life: things change, so make adjustments as needed. Adapt and overcome! :)
 

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Nice change over. I was never a precision shooter. Hand guns or rifles. I have my mak90 and ar set up for mpbr(battlefield zero). Out to 125 yards or so just aim center, no hold over or under, and I'll be in about a 15in circle or so. Aiming with a different eye is not as significant as keeping the gun steady and good trigger control. Which you are used to.
 

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Did they do anything for the macular degeneration? I have central serous retinopathy in my right eye, glaucoma in both eyes, and macular degeneration in both eyes for 5 years now and with treatment only have a slight blurry spot in my right central vision and with glasses my vision is 20/20 in my left and 20/25 right eye. I've never heard of macular degeneration causing essential blindness that fast. I had cataract surgery 8 years ago and have corrective implants also. I am 70 so I know about vision and shooting but that is bad news.
 

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Did they do anything for the macular degeneration? I have central serous retinopathy in my right eye, glaucoma in both eyes, and macular degeneration in both eyes for 5 years now and with treatment only have a slight blurry spot in my right central vision and with glasses my vision is 20/20 in my left and 20/25 right eye. I've never heard of macular degeneration causing essential blindness that fast. I had cataract surgery 8 years ago and have corrective implants also. I am 70 so I know about vision and shooting but that is bad news.
It is DRY Macular Degeneration and there is no treatment for it. It's my understanding that WET can be treated with shots. The Dr. did not seem surprised by the change in vision. I intend to learn more about it, of course.

Like the actress, Bette Davis, said, "Growing old is not for sissies".
 

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These are the vitamins I take and have been for 5 years now. I am amazed your doctor didn't tell you about them. Are you seeing a retinal specialist, or just an opthalmologist?
 

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Sorry to hear about your eyes problems. I'm 66 and have had cataract surgery on both eyes and have glaucoma with significant peripheral vision loss. I'm now under the care of a glaucoma specialist. My eyes were able to be corrected to 20/20 (with little parts of some of the letters "missing" at times) but in the last 3 months my left eye (dominant eye) seemed to tank. I went to have it checked and the optic nerve looked the same but I do have a secondary cataract which will be lasered off. But my left eye can only be corrected to 20/60 at this point. Really worried about what is causing that and if it can be corrected. I haven't been shooting since my eyesight change but I imagine it wouldn't be pretty.

But I'm with you, I'll do whatever it takes to still be able to shoot, even if it's only at close ranges.

Best of luck.
 
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