5 Best Eye Exercises for Shooters

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4. Racking Focus

Look, we’re not saying this will cure astigmatism, or give you 20-20 vision. The primary concept here is that, here in the 21st Century, our eyes are generally quite lazy.

We don’t typically shift our focus from something in our hands to something 100 yards away like our ancestors did working on farms, hunting, etc.

We typically focus on things indoors and most commonly a screen a few feet from our faces. Thus, we just don’t get the reps that our forebears did.

To do this exercise:

  • First, find an object roughly 25 fee away
  • Next, hold out the thumb of your dominant hand at arm’s length
  • Focus as intensely as possible on the object for 3 seconds
  • Then switch to your thumb for 3 seconds

5. Eye Movement Exercise

The goal with this technique is to strengthen your ciliary muscles so you can focus on targets quicker. This exercise is very simple, but has powerful results and can dramatically improve your acquisition.

  1. First, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor
  2. With you head facing directly forward, look as far as you can to the left for 1 second
  3. Look as far to the right as you comfortably can (remember not to move your head)
  4. Repeat this 5 times
  5. Take a deep breath and relax your eyes for a moment
  6. Again, without moving your head, look as high toward the ceiling as you comfortably cna
  7. The look at the downward most extremity you can
  8. Repeat this 5 times

That’s it, that’s your eye workout routine. We told you it was simple, right?

You may notice that it strains your eyes a bit, maybe it even makes you a bit dizzy. If this happens, it can really be a bit of an eye opener, showing you just how little exercise your eyes get.

NOTE: Don’t push this too hard and strain your eyes, the goal is to slowly build your muscles and control, so you can have better quick vision on the range.

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