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Does anyone else get blurred vision in your closed eye?
Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 9:10 AM on 04.10.15
->> I noticed years ago after shooting a marathon that the eye I close while shooting was extremely blurry for quite some time afterward. Now, even brief shooting, if I were to close my right eye and only use my left eye soon after, I am practically blind. Does this happen to anyone else? If so, why does it happen and can I avoid it?
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Paul Alesse, Photographer
Coram | NY | USA | Posted: 9:40 AM on 04.10.15
->> Yes! I have one eye (non shooting) that is considerably weaker than my other. And I don't close the other eye either. I keep it open.

Curious to see if others have experienced this and what remedies, if any, are available.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 10:55 AM on 04.10.15
->> I've been shooting for over 40 years with one eye open and have never had any blurriness in the closed eye, nor have I heard of this before from other photographers.

I suggestion you see your eye doctor, take a camera with you, have him examine both eyes, replicate your shooting style to let your one eye go blurry and then have him examine the difference. It could be nothing, or something.
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Colin Hackley, Photographer
Tallahassee | FL | USA | Posted: 11:49 AM on 04.10.15
->> I think Doug offers sound advice about talking to your eye doctor.

I'll offer that I wear contact lenses when I photograph and I can't wear the lenses nearly as long as I used to before they start to dry out and lift off my eye which then blurs my vision and gets uncomfortable. This is worst in the spring when air-borne pollen aggravates the situation. Over-the-counter eye drops (recommended by my eye doc) do a great job of keeping my eyes comfortable and my vision sharp.

You might also double check your camera viewfinder diopter settings and make sure they haven't been bumped, this could be eye strain from a blurry viewfinder or just from intense use over several hours.

Either way, a conversation with the eye doctor will put you at ease.
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 1:48 PM on 04.10.15
->> I was told by an eye doctor that the surface of our eyes gets less flexible as we age. This means that we have trouble transitioning quickly between focusing at different distances. Maybe with the eye closed your eye is relaxing into a shape that doesn't keep things in focus and when you reopen it its hard to get it back into the shape needed to see stuff in focus?
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 2:41 PM on 04.10.15
->> What Simon says.
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John Schreiber, Photographer, Assistant
Redondo Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 5:44 PM on 04.10.15
->> Funny enough, I was just noticing this myself a couple of weeks ago. My right eye (shooting eye) sees much clearer than my left (closed) eye. Noticed this at the DMV too while doing the eye test a couple of years ago. Could just be my imagination though.
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 7:11 PM on 04.10.15
->> I'm blessed with one short sighted eye and one pretty close to normal eye. It's been that way since I was a teenager. My brain uses whichever one is working best at any given time so I can still read with out glasses and see to drive. Don't know how long it will last but I'm liking it. Just have to remember to use the distance eye first at the DMV
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Ian Martens, Photographer
Lethbridge | AB | Canada | Posted: 9:19 PM on 04.10.15
->> I began to experience a similar situation a few years ago. Although my non-shooting eye is now just consistently short-sighted, not only while shooting. At a recent eye exam I noted how I thought my job spent working with one eye closed might have something to do with it, but the doctor said she didn't think it was related.
Either way, I share my experience to let you know it might not be uncommon, but as others here have said, just go see an eye doctor - they're the experts.
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Raeford | NC | USA | Posted: 9:37 PM on 04.10.15
->> I've never had blurry vision, but have noticed that when I'm shooting (with right eye), the closed eye is dimmer for a little while. It doesn't matter if I'm looking through the viewfinder or just off into space, my left eye is dimmer. It wears off after a few minutes. This even occurs to a lesser extent when I'm shooting both eyes open. Not sure why, but it always corrects itself shortly, so I've not worried to much about it.
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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 5:00 AM on 04.11.15
->> Could it be that when you are closing one eye that you are staining the muscles around the eye or compressing the eye ball? Close both of your eyes tightly for 30 seconds..then open them to see what I'm talking about.

I've been shooting with both eyes open for about 8 years after I was developed pain behind my left eye (closed eye). Took getting use to it but now its just how I roll.

Hope you get this figured out.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 10:40 AM on 04.11.15
->> Welcome to middle age.... My eye doctor told me the same thing as Simon's. In my case if I wear and use my readers for an extended period while editing it takes me a few seconds to a few minutes to get my eyes back to focusing normally. I was told my eyes don't snap back like they did when I was 20.

In my case I was also told one of my eyes was losing blue spectrum as I age. If I change eyes I definitely see colors differently in the viewfinder. Just comes with age according to my doctor. On the whole I've been told my eyes are 'normal'. Just saw him this past Monday and my 'normal' $300 prescription update.... Getting old sucks...
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Andrew Richardson, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 10:06 PM on 04.11.15
->> Used to happen to me, turns out my diopter wasn't dialed in as well as I thought it was. Fine tuned it some and haven't had a problem since.
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Michael Ciu, Photographer, Assistant
Amherst | OH | USA | Posted: 8:11 AM on 04.12.15
->> I've recently had my own eye/vision problems. I am currently suffering from Optic Neuritis as part of my MS. Of course it has to happen in my shooting eye and I now only have about 40% of good vision in that eye. I'm now having to shoot with my left eye. Try talking about an adjustment there. My clients must think I'm a newbie as I try to search for the viewfinder with my left eye. No one has said anything yet, but I'm sure there has been discussions on their car ride home. Ha!
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 11:54 AM on 04.12.15
->> I had cataracts surgery and they do it one eye at a time. After the first one I noticed a change in the white balance in the corrected eye. Bizarre.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 6:26 PM on 04.12.15
->> A change in the white balance would be normal Phil because you had been looking thru haze for a while before it was corrected.....but then I did not go to medical school.....But I have stayed at several Holiday Inn Express hotels..
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