Eyes like a hawk
Posted by Lissa on October 23, 2009
I get my knowledge from the most random of places. I owe any (sketchy) familiarity with the historical religious quagmire called the Middle East to The Source. I helped diagnose my grandmother’s cataracts thanks to The Clan of the Cave Bear.*
And now — thanks to The Fiery Cross — I’m wondering if I lack binocular vision.
Physician Claire gives her son-in-law Roger a few eye tests, asking him about which sports he played and which sports were difficult. She then explains the reason that he could play soccer but not tennis was that he has no binocular vision — that his brain never learned to merge the pictures from his two different eyes to form a true 3-D picture. Instead, he’s learned to subconsciously judge the distance of things by comparing their relative size. She assures him that he should still be able to shoot, as many men close one eye while doing that anyway, but warns that he might have difficulty tracking moving objects across the sky.
Every single bit of this applies perfectly to me, right down to the preferred and proscribed sports.
I find it just as easy to go about my business with my left eye covered. I don’t gain any real depth perception by looking at something with two eyes, rather than just my strong eye.
Is anyone else familiar with this concept? Do you have the same problem? Do you know how to test for it?
At the end, Claire assures Roger that many creatures, such as birds of prey, have no binocular vision, as their eyes are on the sides of their heads. So even if it’s true — I’ve got eyes like a hawk.
But that’s not going to help me when shotgunning clays . . .
P.S. Thanks to everyone for holster advice! And I definitely plan to buy a bluegun. I’d mentioned to Mike that we need to practice a bit with him trying to grab my “gun” away from me — and that’s not the sort of thing you do with a real gun!
*I noticed that my Japo’s irises were blue at the edges. Japo, you will recall, is Chinese; we’re not supposed to have blue eyes. I thought of how, in The Clan of the Cave Bear, the Clan initially thinks Ayla might be blind because she has blue eyes. All the Clan members have brown eyes; their eyes only film blue when they’re going blind with old age. Thinking of this, I mentioned it to my mother, my aunt took Japo to the eye doctor a little while later, and they diagnosed her with cataracts. True story!