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post #1 of 25 Old 05-13-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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riding with one eye not functional

How many riders have only one functional eye?

I ask becasue I am presently putting ointment in my left eye, for an inflamed eyelid, and the ointment blurs my vision hugley, rendering the left eye almost ineffective - hardly a good thing on 2 wheels
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My ex is one eyed for all practical purposes, she learned to ride and got her MC endorsement, but mostly only did local back road 30mph put put rides, when she moved to FL, she decided there was too much traffic for her and sold her bike

fwiw, she is also deef, can't hear a damn thing without her hearing aids maxed out



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How many riders have only one functional eye?

I ask becasue I am presently putting ointment in my left eye, for an inflamed eyelid, and the ointment blurs my vision hugley, rendering the left eye almost ineffective - hardly a good thing on 2 wheels
What's affected most is depth perception, but peripheral vision isn't very good either. I'd give up riding without both eyes.

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Actually, you have three eyes....one just happens to be brown, and you're usually sitting on it.

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Actually, you have three eyes....one just happens to be brown, and you're usually sitting on it.
..and if it needs ointment, please don't post about it. :beatnik:

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I know a couple of riders that are effectively blind in one eye. They seem to do fine. Probably the biggest issue is field of vision, which as we all know on a motorcycle is critical. Even with two eyes, depth perception beyond 30 or 40 feet is less a matter of parallax and more a matter of experience. As with most limitations, over time you can learn to adapt. But if you were in a situation where you were temporarily one-eyed (discounting the brown variety) might be best to park the bike.
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How many riders have only one functional eye?

I ask becasue I am presently putting ointment in my left eye, for an inflamed eyelid, and the ointment blurs my vision hugley, rendering the left eye almost ineffective - hardly a good thing on 2 wheels
If you've only had one eye for a long time, you've learned to calculate depth differently, and it's no big deal; if, on the other hand, the change in your vision is recent, then you haven't adapted yet, and should stay off the road (bike or car doesn't make a difference) until you get your depth perception back (either through your eye getting better, or adapting to using only one).
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I'm an ophthalmologist. You can legally drive with one eye. People with one eye from childhood do quite well, they don't have any true depth perception but become quite adept at using secondary clues to gauge distance such as shadows and sizes. Adults that lose one eye tend to struggle with driving.

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All good advice. Since we are talking about being "1 eyed", it made me remember a good hint form a GS1200 rider that really stuck with me. When riding the Blueridge Pkwy last year I almost hit a guy on a bicycle in a tunnel. He had no flashing light and I was on top of him before I saw him. The sunlight had wiped out my night vision and once in the tunnel I could barely see.

My GS friend offered the following advice. It works great. When coming up on a dark tunnel shut one eye for the last hundred yards or so...the longer the better. Then once in the tunnel, open the eye back up and presto...you will have night vision in that eye and you can see again.
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One eyed shut works well for on coming night traffic too.

I am a precog so I don't need vision. You just have to put the diving rods in special holders I made on my grips

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