Are you left eye dominant or right eye dominant?

Like hands, people also have preference on which eye to use, mostly it is involuntary. This might come as a shock to many because it appears that both eyes are at work, when in fact only one is more focused than the other. This can go on for years without significant disadvantages, but for certain sports like archery, shooting, golf, darts, and anything that involves accuracy and dexterity.

(image source)

 

Disadvantages


As said earlier, if you are involved (or would want to be involved) in sports requiring targeting like archery, golf, and shooting, you may find it a little uncomfortable if you are right-hand dominant while being left-eye dominant. Take for example while on a shooting range, aiming using your right eye while being left-eye dominant and right-hand dominant will actually decrease your accuracy and reaction speed because your right eye is not used to doing those kind of things.

Another perfect example is for surgeons. Surgery requires precise hand movements, everything within a surgery requires the hands and eyes to be perfectly accurate. Don’t worry if you are having trouble with being one-eye dominant because it can be fixed (see below).

 

Simple Test to Find Your Ocular Dominance


There are several tests to find your eye dominance, here I will lay out the common and easiest one.

  1. Extend your arms in front of you
  2. Follow the image above
  3. Using the small opening on the web of your hands, try spotting a small object (a dot, your cat, light bulb, etc.)
  4. Close your left eye. If you can still see the object then you are right-eye dominant.
  5. Close your right eye. If you can still see the object then you are left-eye dominant.

 

Fix


If being one-eye dominant is a problem you’ve been experiencing for a long time, or you just want to get out of it, you can fix it by suppressing your dominant eye’s vision, thereby forcing your other eye to do the job and rewire your brain. A home-made eye patch will do or just simply close your dominant eye several minutes a day. You can also try leaning your less dominant eye towards the object you are looking at. If you’ll notice, your dominant eye is usually leaning towards the object you are looking, try changing that.

Good luck!

Comments

  1. Hillary Onan says

    I am a pediatric ophthalmologist. DO NOT FOLLOW THIS MISGUIDED ACVICE. The visual pathways are only malleable up until age nine or so. The ONLY way to switch a child’s dominant eye is to patch the dominant eye long enough to cause ENOUGH VISION LOSS TO MAKE THE VISION WORSE THAN THE NON-DOMINANT EYE. It is truly a tragedy when the child is then too old to reverse this damage. Don’t believe that right handed people with left eye dominance are doomed to second class status. My practice partner and I are intra-ocular surgeons and my husband is a spine surgeon. Before undertaking treatment that will affect your child for the rest of their life, including ultimately limit certain career choices, consider consulting a practitioner who has actually had training in neurophysiology, neurodevelopment, and pediatric ophthalmology. Many of the “practitioners” who treat eye dominance “problems” have no formal training. Those of us who truly care about children’s visual health find this shocking.

  2. CynicalBloke says

    Thought I was right-eyed, but then a thought popped into my head and I tested it. The results actually depend in what side you approach the object. If you are moving your hands leftwards toward the object (your left), you’ll always seem right-eyed. Vice versa for the left-eye results.

  3. marc de faoite says

    From what I can find on-line the prevailing medical view seems to be that ocular dominance is fixed. My own experience is that this is not true.

    I teach yoga and the practice of alternate nostril breathing first alerted me to the concept of nasal dominance and it’s relationship and reflection in cerebral lateralism (left hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body (and nostril)/right hemisphere controls the left).

    For almost twenty years I have been in the habit of regularly noting which nostril is dominant at any given moment. It’s well documented that this cycle runs on average on anything between 30 minutes to 3 hours.

    When I first came across the concept of ocular dominance I wondered if the same sort of alternation takes place in the eyes as in the nostrils. I looked on line and found, as mentioned above, the prevailing opinion that while malleable, ocular dominance is essentially fixed.

    I incorporated this simple test mentioned above into my yoga classes as part of the eye exercises and ask students which eye is dominant. The first conclusion seemed to be that there was a relationship with handedness.

    Unfortunately I haven’t collated hard data, but in summary I found by questioning over a hundred students that:
    The majority were right eye dominant.
    The majority were also right handed.
    Even the majority of left handed people seemed to be right eye dominant
    A minority of right-handed students appeared to be left eye dominant.
    At the same time the minority of left handers reporting left eye dominance outnumbered the right-handers reporting left eye dominance by a little less than three to one.

    Then one day I was demonstrating this test in class and was surprised to find that I was left eye dominant. I thought I had made some sort of mistake as I had done the test dozens and dozens of times in the same context and found myself right-eye dominant. I tried a few times and found that my dominant eye had definitely shifted.

    Again I started to wonder about the influence of hemispheric dominance on ocular dominance, so over the past few months I have been testing my own ocular dominance regularly using the same test pictured.

    My conclusion is that ocular dominance is NOT fixed and that there is a definite, but not unique correlation with nostril dominance. When I breathe in my right nostril I am always right eye dominant, when I breathe in my left nostril I am left eye dominant at least half the time.

    Has anyone any experience in this? Any data or studies to confirm my direct experience which seems at odds with what information is available on-line?

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