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Hi all,

Last summer, I began having difficulty seeing the bird as quickly as usual. I typically hold on front edge of the trap house, and soft focus on the grass directly in front of the house.

I had not had an eye exam in 3 years , so I finally got off my butt and had that done. It turns out my right eye has a cataract and my vision in that eye is about 20:40 now. Up until now, all I’ve had to deal with is floaters.

I still see the bird ok as it gets further out, I just don’t see it fast anymore.

I know guys much worse off than I that have overcome their visual challenges. However, I’m wondering what type of visual adjustments might be helpful . I’m thinking I might start off by fighting the impulse to shoot as quickly ( I’m really not very fast to begin with) . Then perhaps adjusting soft focal points. I can’t think of anything else.

Any ideas /suggestions are much appreciated.

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No cataracts yet but I have to look out farther then I used to.
And I have slowed my move to the target as well.

Part of the aging process I guess.

So my advice for 16 yards is to look out farther, make sure you are seeing the target well and make a deliberate move.

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I have early stages of cataracts. They have mapped my eye the last 3 1/2 years which keeps track of changes. Mine is not enough for any treatment other than keeping an eye on it. Because of it however, any changes in my prescription seem to be more greatly impacted.

If you need glasses at all, go ahead and get them. It will help to have one that is current. I wish I had waited to get my shooting glasses. I got a pair from the eye doctors place (tinted) and they are ok, but I think I would have been happier with a true pair. Oakleys never worked for me because of the curvature of the lenses and my severe astigmatism. My Doctor checked my last pair and although the prescription was technically correct, it gets distorted as you move away from the center of the lens. I found these based on the recommendation of a couple of friends and I may pull the trigger before spring shooting starts in earnest.

Decot Sport Glasses - The Best Shooting & Sport Glasses Under The Sun! - Shotgun Shooting
 

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Get rid of the cataract for starters.
That sounds simple , but it’s not that simple. My lens forte toon is -6. The left eye has no cataract. If I remove the cataract on the right eye, I have zero correction on the right eye and a -6 lens on the left . That makes for some lopsided glasses, not to mention the complexity it introduces to normal vision.

Second, combined vision must be 20:40 or worse for insurance to cover. I’m kind of stuck with it on the right eye until the left one catches up. I see 20:20 in my left eye with corrective lenses. However, I am left eye dominant and shoot right handed , so I tape the left lens.
 

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My recent eye exam the Dr said about 1 more year for the cataract surgery and. I asked how long before I can shoot again (Dr is a shooter too!) and he said a few days and you are good to go! I am kind of looking forward to it as I won't have to have prescription lens to shoot after that. Get them done and see better. Good luck
 

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Just had a cataract surgery done on my right eye. Now I'm seeing a specialist for a HUGE floater in the same eye. I know several people who have under went a victectomy and had good results. The last two years have sucked for shooting so it's either try the procedure or play more golf. As of right now anything going right is iffy at best. Right now I just can't shot at a level I'm satisfied with and am willing to give this a try. Once I got the cataract done on the right eye I can't believe the difference. All this time I thought everything white was tan!! Now I need to have the left done to even things out. Hope you can find the answers you need. It sucks when you struggle to see the target. Good luck!
 

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I'm not a Doctor but I play one on Trapshooters.com - just kidding. I am amused at the amount of medical advice asked for and received on this forum. With that said, here is my 2 cents. After 7 eye surgeries (detached retinas, cataracts, and others) I feel qualified to answer. First, cataracts. If you think of cataracts like bananas this may help. Bananas come green, yellow, and brown. a "green" cataract is there but they cant't and shouldn't do anything except tell you that you have cataracts. a "yellow" cataract means your vision is getting worse but you can still shoot and maintain a normal life style. A "brown" cataract is ready for surgery. When this happens you will have some decisions to make. What type of lens do you want? Some insurances will only pay for a certain lens while you can pay a little extra out of pocket and upgrade. Look into it. Another decision is how do you want to see, close, middle, or far. If you have one eye done the chances of having the other one done down the road are high so you can get a different lens in each eye. Something to think about. As for seeing the birds, good advice about adjusting and that is was I did, take your time and concentrate when you do acquire the bird. Good luck.
 
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What has helped me is to look at the target for just a fraction of a second before I swing to the target. I use to swing on the target as soon as I saw movement from the target. Now I look at the target for about 2 or 3 tenths of a second before I go after it.
 

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Just had a cataract surgery done on my right eye. Now I'm seeing a specialist for a HUGE floater in the same eye. I know several people who have under went a victectomy and had good results. The last two years have sucked for shooting so it's either try the procedure or play more golf. As of right now anything going right is iffy at best. Right now I just can't shot at a level I'm satisfied with and am willing to give this a try. Once I got the cataract done on the right eye I can't believe the difference. All this time I thought everything white was tan!! Now I need to have the left done to even things out. Hope you can find the answers you need. It sucks when you struggle to see the target. Good luck!
Did the floaters get worse after cataract surgery?

Thank you to everyone for the responses.
 

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Did the floaters get worse after cataract surgery?

Thank you to everyone for the responses.
The specialist I went to for the floater had me do the cataract surgery first. He said sometimes after cataract surgery floaters can result and he wanted to make sure I wouldn't have problems. What got me was my regular eye doctor, who knows what sport I participate in never said anything except I had cataracts starting. When I got to the specialist he checked my vision and I was about 20-60 in my right eye! The cataract was worse than I thought and the floater which is HUGE added to the problem. Thinking about a new eye doctor! At least have a serious discussion about my vision needs so he understands better.
 

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What has helped me is to look at the target for just a fraction of a second before I swing to the target. I use to swing on the target as soon as I saw movement from the target. Now I look at the target for about 2 or 3 tenths of a second before I go after it.
Exactly ! I was taught to move with the flash. I think I’m guessing half the time and can’t see the flash. I end up making a hurried move to the bird that is less than smooth. It’s crazy though if I slow down , I miss more. Probably just a learning curve to slow down.
 

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Exactly ! I was taught to move with the flash. I think I’m guessing half the time and can’t see the flash. I end up making a hurried move to the bird that is less than smooth. It’s crazy though if I slow down , I miss more. Probably just a learning curve to slow down.
I don't think I have slowed down my swing or move to the target. I just look at the target for a very short time before I go after the target.
 

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That sounds simple , but it’s not that simple. My lens forte toon is -6. The left eye has no cataract. If I remove the cataract on the right eye, I have zero correction on the right eye and a -6 lens on the left . That makes for some lopsided glasses, not to mention the complexity it introduces to normal vision.

Second, combined vision must be 20:40 or worse for insurance to cover. I’m kind of stuck with it on the right eye until the left one catches up. I see 20:20 in my left eye with corrective lenses. However, I am left eye dominant and shoot right handed , so I tape the left lens.
I have the same dilemma other than I'm right eye dominant. It's a bitch too. I went from my best ever year in 2018 to my worst year 2019 after I suffered a PVD and then early onset cataract in my right eye. Bright light conditions seem to affect me the most. Grey sky I generally shoot best. I'm starting to get a handle on it. But if insurance would cover the cataract surgery, I have it done in a minute. My corrected eye sight is 20-20 in the doctors office. But lets face it that is under optimum lighting conditions.
 

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I have the same dilemma other than I'm right eye dominant. It's a bitch too. I went from my best ever year in 2018 to my worst year 2019 after I suffered a PVD and then early onset cataract in my right eye. Bright light conditions seem to affect me the most. Grey sky I generally shoot best. I'm starting to get a handle on it. But if insurance would cover the cataract surgery, I have it done in a minute. My corrected eye sight is 20-20 in the doctors office. But lets face it that is under optimum lighting conditions.
Same here. Gray sky is best for me
 
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