Which Eye is Your Dominate?

Monday, March 21, 2011

With one eye closed life has a directional point of view, regardless of whether that direction is left or right. Shut one eye and experience it. Ah, caught you, stop squinting. Weird isn’t it?

The entire weekend I have seen things from this vantage point, a directional view. My brain registers what seems to it only half the picture. So which eye is your dominate eye?

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons firearms instructor I am right eye dominate. My true sight comes from this eye, the one my brain will listen to and allow it to believe what it sees. Why do I tell you this?

I am without my true sight, seeing only what my left eye, the not-so dominate eye submits to the brain. You would think your brain would realize this and allow for non-so dominate to provide input but NO! It has to question said input.

Not-so dominate: The glass is there, but closer than you think; pick it up.
Brain: Do not recognize input. Extremity, explore options, quickly.

My right arm flew out on its own, further and faster than it should and coffee went all over the dog lying at my feet. Does coffee equate to beer on a dogs coat?

Not-so dominate: Something in the floor, step right.
Brain: Do not recognize input. Ignore warning.

My fickle brain ignored it. Stubbed my right toe, lost my balance and slammed my right shoulder into the wall. Great, two more dogs with coffee coated fur. Are you sure it is not the same as beer on hair?

Not-so Dominate: HEY, the burner light is on! (Not-so dominate by now is screaming)
Brain: Do not recognize input, it is a trap.

No the coffee cup is empty now but, the watusi is coming back. My right hand hit the lite burner, my left hand flung the bacon I was preparing and my legs did an “I told you so” dance. The coffee coated dogs did a “she has lost her mind” shuffle and went straight to the bacon stuck to the wall across the room.

So goes it when you have a directional point of view, especially when it is the not-so dominate point of view.

Yes, my allergies have come to visit a month early and my right eye has swollen shut. I will do my best to get to your posts this morning but will be reading in small doses.

To those offering best wishes and free medical advice, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I eat local honey every day and over the counter drugs have yet to ease the condition. Let us just call this my mushroom period, cool and dark.

Start the week please with both eyes open!



welcome to my world of poetry said, 

Sorry about your allergies, due to medication many years ago I can't see properly from the side, there is a name for it but I can't spell
it. I can only see what is straight infront of me. I have got used to it now but was uncomfortable at the onset.

Interesting post and subject Jules.

Take care.

March 21, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

Coffee covered dogs - that's a new one!

March 21, 2011 at 8:27 AM  
li said, 

PETCO sells raincoats for dogs. :)
Whatever you do, take it easy and don't strain the other eye!

March 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

Oh, Jules, so sorry for your allergies and your one-eye dilemma. But it did make me laugh. I am trying to find the humor in things and your blog helps me so much with that. Blessings,

March 21, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Sylvia Ney said, 

so sorry about your allergies, but I still enjoyed your post.

March 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Jilda said, 

so sorry about your eye, the pollen is is full blast here! I was up half the night with asthma/cough.
I am hoping for a heavy rain this week.

March 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
RosieC said, 

Oh no! That sucks. Gosh, what kind of allergies do you have that your eye swells shut? That's awful.

So, yeah, I never thought about how one eye is so much more dominant than the other. I wonder which is my dominant eye. Is it connected with which hand is dominant?

Wow, look at me, being the dork, asking too many question. *head-smack* At least you can take a tough situation and poke fun at it. I love that your legs did an "I told you so" dance :)

Good luck, Jules! Hope you can see again soon.

March 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

I feel your pain Jules. Only those with allergies realize just how much they truly suck! :-) I hope they calm down soon.

March 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Green Monkey said, 

allergies suck!

as for "coffee covered dogs" this reminds me...

When my grandson Jackson first started taking taikwondo (???) class, he would practice diligently from home. His instructor was Korean and had a strong accent. There warm up was a series of moves the coincided with verbal commands. One of Jackson's commands (according to Jackson) was "Coffee Dogs" ... Whats Coffee Dogs? I asked. It's a Korean word for strong, said Jackson. Later, after attending Jackson's first level completion ceremony, I listened to his instructor and realized what he was saying was NOT "coffee dogs" it was "confidence" :) to this day... I love saying "coffee dogs"

feel well dear friend! MonkeyME

March 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blasphemous Aesthete said, 

Oh, guess I never knew that. I thought at least my brain won't discriminate in between my own body parts.

Its really brave of you to churn out a witty post out of your problem. Take care, and get well soon.

Blasphemous Aesthete

March 21, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Clarissa Draper said, 

This is fascinating stuff. I'm always amazed at how the body works and I know the eye can be deceiving. Wonderful post.

March 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM  
Karen Lange said, 

My left eye is dominate. This is an interesting exercise.

Glad you're hanging in there! Take care of yourself, okay? I like that - the mushroom comparison. Good things ahead. :)

March 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
N. R. Williams said, 

I laughed so hard my grandson came in to find out why. I have the use of both eyes and recently stubbed my toe. Ouch! Get better, you're my favorite mushroom.
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

March 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Talli Roland said, 

Oh no! That sounds brutal! I'm experiencing similar issues with allergies right now but thankfully I still have two functioning eyes.

March 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Summer Ross said, 

I consider myself lucky to not really have to deal with any kind of allergy issues. But I know what it feels like not to see well. :) I can't see anything but colors and outlines with my glasses off. So My thoughts are with you for braving the kitchen with only one eye for input! I hope it gets better.

March 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

I'm so sorry to hear about your allergies!

I enjoyed the post, though. :)

March 21, 2011 at 4:10 PM  
floweringmama said, 

Man, that just stinks. My dad has been to numerous doctors the past month trying to find one that will give him allergy shots and he's been told "we just don't do that any more". He is miserable too.

Hope you feel better soon.

March 21, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Tracy said, 

I have to admit, you are a mess! but I mean that as a term of endearment!
I actually think I am right eye dominate as well as Left ear dominate...don't ask me how I know, I just do!
Now, for that all important game coming up tonight? You know the women's game of Kentucky Wildcats vs. The CArolina Tar Heels?
Do I need to ask who you are rooting for?

...I didnt' think so...

March 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM  
Debbie said, 

I am so sorry to hear about your eye! What a mess. And I can totally see how your mind would not process that.

March 21, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
The Words Crafter said, 

I swear, you always manage to make me laugh. Seriously, you should write all this down and submit it. There needs to be someone to fill Ms. Bombeck's shoes! (not sure I spelled her name right...)

Sorry about your eye. Mine have been watering and itching like crazy. Sigh....ain't spring grand?

And you know I got to find out which eye is dominant, right?

I hope it clears up for you, in all kinds of ways :)

March 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM  
Velvet Over Steel said, 

Oh my goodness, you poor thing! So sad that you are not better yet and the season has just begun. Every summer since I moved to Iowa 6 years ago has gotten worst. I perfer to think it's Iowas fault, but the truth probably has more to do with my 'age' and that I'm outdoors much more than I used to be. I sure hope you get 'both' eyes back very soon, Jules!!
Your week sounds like one I could easily have if my 'left' eye where/has been before, swollen shut. I did that 'test' and yes, I need my left eye to the most. I'm also left handed, does that have anything to do with it? Just curious. :-)
P.S. I loved that comment that 'Petco' sells raincoats for dogs. I want to see a picture of your southern 'huntin' dogs in raincoats! & with a shoot gun and a frying pan in the picture too. That would be a hoot!! lol

Well, you take care of yourself, Jules!! Praying for both of your eyes to get better soon!!
Coreen xoxoxo

March 21, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Vicki Rocho said, 

This totally reminds me of the time in junior high when my friends and I spent the whole night randomly announcing which nostril we were breathing out of. It changes like every 20 minutes! (I'm left side right now, LOL)

March 21, 2011 at 10:03 PM  
Liz P said, 

Ack! That's terrible! I guess it's that time of year again huh? Hope you feel better real soon.

BTW - you have an award on my blog. Stop by when you can to pick it up. :)

March 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM  
Jayne said, 

Aha! So this explains my clumsiness! Now I just have to figure out which eye's the culprit.
Hope both of yours are open soon - 'tis the season. I'm feeling it, too. I've no remedy other than to pop Zyrtec. It helps a bit.
Relax, take care of yourself. :)

March 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Tammy said, 

Oh, how awful! Sending good thoughts. And hope you're drinking that coffee on the cooler side these days for those dogs' sakes....

March 22, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Mary Vaughn said, 

Another allergy victim. Who would've guessed.

Is it better for a dog to be coffee covered or chocolate covered? I know chocolate is very bad for them on the inside.

March 22, 2011 at 5:37 PM  
Elle Strauss said, 

I've never thought about eye dominance before--though I did know that depth perception is effected when not using both eyes. I hope you feel better soon!

March 22, 2011 at 8:29 PM  

My center eye is most dominant. but makes for aiming a gun harder. I have to hold the butt of the rifle up to my nose to center the target in the sites, but the kickback can be most painful.

March 22, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Pk Hrezo said, 

I feel your pain. My hubby gets allergies so bad this time of year... and we just went camping so he was all drugged up just to be able to sit outside. Just crazy.

But Crazy as it sounds, my eyes are both pretty equal in direction dominance. :)

March 23, 2011 at 5:06 AM  
Arlee Bird said, 

I have always been fortunate not to have been plagued with any allergies, unlike many of my family members so I do feel bad for you. I just hated to hear that your bacon has gone to the dogs. I love bacon..

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March 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM  
Ella said, 

oh Jules, I can so relate. I woke up two days ago, rt eye couldn't open. I had to use a hot wash cloth to get it unstuck. Damn allergies...
I think you have a new name, I'm going to call you LUCY! That was a LUCY morning for sure...are the dogs okay? I know you are hurting, please submit and lie down like broccoli and veg out~xXx

March 24, 2011 at 12:04 AM  
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