How to Determine Your Eye Dominance

Your eye dominance is crucial in deciding whether to shoot a left- or right-handed bow. Most people are right-eye dominant, estimated at two-thirds of the population, whereas one-third is left-eye dominant. However, there is a minority who don’t have a single dominant eye. Here are a few quick ways to determine your dominant eye.

Eye Dominance Tests

The Instinctive Test

If you were to look through a telescope, which eye would you use? If you can easily answer that question, and the answer is always the same, then your dominant eye is probably being used.

Miles Test

The Miles test entails holding both arms out and making a circle with each set of fingers. With eyes open, you should focus the center of the circles on an object in the distance. Now, with your left eye closed, does the object appear to move or jump out of the circle? If yes! This means that your left eye is dominant. If you close your right eye, does the object appear to move or jump out of the circle? If Yes! You are right-eye dominant.

The issue with the aforementioned test is that if you focus too closely on the object, you’ll see two sets of hands and won’t be able to center the circle. If your focus instead lies on the hands, then you would see two objects! Try to be intuitive when you place your hands.

Try this: extend both your arms and form a circle with your hands. Center the circle on a faraway object, then slowly bring the circle closer to your face while keeping the object in the center. When the circle is covered by one of your eyes, that’s your dominant eye!

Porta Test

The Porta test is quite similar to the Miles test, except you have extended one arm and, with both eyes open, aligned your thumb with a distant object. You are right-eye dominant if the object is still aligned with your thumb when you close your left eye. The opposite is true for left-eye dominance. The Porta test can also be done by extending your thumb and aligning it with an object. Once you have aligned it, slowly retract your thumb towards you until it rests against your dominant eye.

This method, once more, relies on you not thinking about what you’re doing. Instead, focus instinctively and naturally on an object with both eyes–you’ll find that subconsciously one of your eyes takes precedence. If you find that the object you’re looking at jumps or moves the same amount when you close either eye or if your hands end up covering your nose, you may have no dominant eye.

No Dominant Eye

If you cannot determine which of your eyes is dominant, then don’t worry–you are not the opposite of dominant. You also do not have subordinate eyes! You see using both eyes, or as some would say, you have a third eye. Lucky you! Have no fear; you have numerous options for holding and firing your weapon!

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