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Has anyone successfully changed from shooting right handed to left or vise versa? I am left eyed dominant and shoot right handed, accomplished by using a dot on my left lenses. I have developed a very sudden change in vision that has been diagnosed as a macular hole in my right eye. I do no know of the treatment options yet and may be jumping a little but am curious if anyone has changed and how it went.
 

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I have coached a couple of shooters through their transition. These were inexperienced shooters that were right handed and left eye dominant. It's not an easy switch but when you make the decision go all in and shoot a lot. The best way to get the new position to feel natural is with a BB or Pellet gun. 30 to 50 shots everyday will begin to build the muscle memory. It will take several weeks to be really comfortable but you can master the switch. A good friend of mine is a national level pistol shooter. A few years ago he tore up his right shoulder and thought his shooting days might be done. Then he started shooting with his left hand. He worked incredibly hard and today his scores are slightly better than what he shot right handed. Bottom line, persistence will pay off.
 

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longshot,

great suggestion using a BB gun. I tried to mount my trap gun this evening left handed, it felt quite awkward. If it comes to a point that I need to change I guess finding a coach would be a good idea.
 

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I've built a couple sets of offset beads for folks who lost the sight in their master eye. Simple "T" slot in a rectangular cross section of Acetyl (Delrin) that clip on the rib and extend to the side of the rib aligning with the other eye. I made the off-set pieces then had the folks come in while I trimmed the height and did some temporary bead placements to get the offset right. Let me know if you're interested and I'll get you some additional details.

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I started shooting trap late in life as a left eye dominant, right handed shooter. After my first year, I was diagnosed with early stages of age related macular degeneration in my right eye. I can no longer get 20/20 vision in my right eye. I take medication to help prevent it from getting any worse, but there is no fix for what has been lost.

I made the switch to left hand and am glad I did. Can shoot with both eyes open, which for me is far better for all around shot gunning. It was a lot harder to make the change than I thought it would be. Left hand guns are also harder to come by, and usually cost more.

Two suggestions that I can make, are for 1, get a wall chart and practice with dry fire on it. For 2, I went out and shot a couple boxes at a dirt mound just to get used to going through the motions from the opposite side. I should mention that I am very right hand dominant. For someone who is more ambidextrous I'm sure it would be easier to change. No matter what, 5,000 rounds minimum. Good luck!
 

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I’m right handed/left eye dominant and have basically point shot with both eyes open all my life. I went to Argentina dove hunting a few years ago and after 2 days of non stop shooting my right shoulder turned to mush. I shot the entire third day left handed and was amazed at how well I did and even though the gun mount felt odd in my mind and eyes it felt more comfortable. I have often thought of switching but I’m just gonna live with it for now.


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Thanks guys for all the great information and encouragment. Good news is the Macula Hole can be treated with full sight recovery. Next Tuesday I will be meeting with a Retinal Specialist to determine the severity which will determine the treatment. The CT scan definitely showed the problem area. I will not be shooting until this gets resolved.
 

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I have repeated my own experience because I think it can help people with problems in their dominant eye. About 15 years ago I developed scarring in the retina if my dominant right eye. I wanted to avoid switching shoulders. When you have one bad eye, you see everything with the good eye, even with both eyes open. I found that I had enough vision in my right eye that it continued to be dominant. As long as I mounted and pointed the gun like I always had, I was able to continue to shoot right handed. Try it before you give up and have to go through the long and laborious process of learning to switch shoulders
 

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Just switched this year. Losing vision in my right eye I tried being a lefty. I was pleasantly surprised how little time it took and how much better I was shooting.
 

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Has anyone successfully changed from shooting right handed to left or vise versa? I am left eyed dominant and shoot right handed, accomplished by using a dot on my left lenses. I have developed a very sudden change in vision that has been diagnosed as a macular hole in my right eye. I do no know of the treatment options yet and may be jumping a little but am curious if anyone has changed and how it went.
Yes, it can be done. I did so and do not feel at all handicapped in any way. I actually prefer my left to my right now.
 
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