View Full Version : Glassing with both eyes open

08-03-2011, 10:32 AM
So I read on here somwhere that glassing through a spotting scope with both eyes open would reduce eye fatigue. Man I just spent ten minutes trying this and Im starting to get a headache! I could not get my eyes to focus on one image. i was getting a mix.
Does anyone have any fine tuning advise for this? Am I genetically predisposed to using one eye?

08-03-2011, 12:39 PM
If my eyes start to get tired after using one eye for too long I will open both eyes and put my hand over the open eye not looking through the scope. It has always helped my eyes during those long glassing sessions.

Bitterroot Bulls
08-03-2011, 12:41 PM
I can glass with both eyes open if I concentrate on the image from the eye on the spotter. I have often thought about using an eye patch to make it easier, though.

08-03-2011, 12:42 PM
I would not recommend "glassing" with a spotter. If you have a general area that you think a buck could be in and can't tell with your bino's than put up the spotter on it and take a good look.

While keeping an eye on game I notice that I would strain my eye to look closer. stupid, cause it was not going to get any closer. keep in the back of your mind to just relax your eyes and simply look through the spotter as oppose to straining to see something.

I also found for prolonged periods of looking through a spotter (keeping an eye on a deer), If I kept both eyes open, but covered the off eye I could look for a long time. You almost need a pirates patch, this way you can keep it open (which will cause less of a strain and less blurriness after you look away from the spotter) and still see with your other eye without the double vision thing happening.

08-03-2011, 12:58 PM
Popeye! That makes total sense. I started practicing with my subordinate eye to ease the strain on my dominant eye. I dont know what the long term effects of this would be. Hopefully ambitextrious eyes.

08-03-2011, 05:10 PM
I will glass with one eye and then both eyes when fatigued and keep switching off. I cover my eye with my hat.All the dame co cept as mentioned above. Hunting high country mule deer nook talks about both eye spotting. I have always thought about an eye patch, no hunting this year. Maybe next year try it out.

08-03-2011, 08:13 PM
I close one eye but will sometimes trade off on which eye I use. fatrooster.

08-17-2011, 04:11 PM
I fatigue very quickly too when glassing with one eye closed. To solve the problem, I took the patch idea a step further. I got one of those super cheap pairs of sunglasses that are about $1.99, popped the lens out of the side for my strong eye, and duct taped over the other side. I look like an idiot, and my buddies tease me about it, but they always ask to borrow it when I'm not using it. Without the lens over your strong eye, you can get as close to the scope as you want. I nkow it sounds crazy, but it has worked for me without any headache problems or fatigue.

08-18-2011, 06:44 AM
you can buy a cheap eye patch at most drug stores. works great for me. arrrrrr

08-18-2011, 08:31 PM

02-02-2012, 09:33 PM
I keep my eye patch looped over the eye piece of the scope and hold it in place with the eyepiece cover at all times, it's that integral to my scoping efforts. I keep a back-up in my backpack because they cost $3.00 at most drug stores, weigh nothing, and so contribute to preventing eye fatigue! I will switch between eyes periodically to keep them fresh, and of course relax on the 10x binos when appropriate. No eye patch will ruin a whole glassing session for me, so yeah, I think you should try one out. May just solve your eye fatigue, or at least dramatically decrease it. Plus, who among us didn't want to be a pirate at some point?
Squinting is lame!