PK. I have a order on the way to you fo rthe DVD. Between yoru shootin vid, JOrdan's Wall chart, and now 25 year old eyes, ia m sure to breake the sound barrier this year. If not, Where you ging to be in July?
There are six skeletal muscles, arranged in three pairs, that move the eye. These muscles always contract in pairs. Most of the time, these muscles are controlled by the autonomic nervous system and this insures both eyes are looking at the same thing. The voluntary nervous system can override the autonomic system to take over contraction of these muscles.
Phil- Lets chat at the Southern Grand about exercise. There are two basic types of exercise that are independent of each other. Forceful exercise (weight lifting) increases muscle size and strength (involves red muscle fibers). Endurance exercise (long distance running) increases metabolic capacity (white fibers)of the muscles but has little to do with strength.
Do we have a board certified ophthomologist on the thread who could comment on the value of eye exercises? They used to be recommended for children with certain eye problems but I don't think they are the standard of care at this time.
Phil- I agree that your eye exercises can help shooting but I have my doubts that the benefit involves the muscles that move the eyeball. I suspect the benefits are more related to convergence of the eyes on one point and concentration on a single point. This involves the nervous system. Yes, it is possible to stretch a muscle to the point that causes some damage to the muscle fibers (kinks,knots), but this is very difficult to do this with the 3 pair of muscles that move the eye.
A quick glance at the diagram posted by Phil will show that the oblique muscles rotate the eye and the rectus muscles move the eye right-left and up-down. Both eyes must be looking at the same point or vision will be blurred.
I have been going to the same "eye doctor" since 1988. She has helped me to help my shooting.
SUE E. LOWE, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
Dr. Lowe received her Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University College of Optometry. Dr. Lowe also holds a Bachelor degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Throughout her career in Optometry, Dr. Lowe has served the Wyoming Optometric Association in all elected positions including President from 1990-1991. She is also a national officer in the American Optometric Association's sports vision section. Dr. Lowe serves on the American Academy of Optometry Examining Board and the International Examining and Certification Board of the College of Optometrics in Vision Development. In addition to Dr. Lowe's expertise in her profession, she is very active in her community.
She thinks "eye exercises" help but I am sure she doesn't know as much on this subject as most trapshooters(tic).
I have a lazy eye that wants to drift left of center when tired or stressed. My Doc has had me do exercises since I was a kid. One movement was to hold a pencil and track the eraser as it moved side to side-up and down.
My sons problem was worse, he had to have one muscle shortend to correct.