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The Solution to the Fuzzy Red Dot in Your Sight

If you see an irregular shape or a “fuzzy dot” when using red dot optics, chances are, the image is perfectly round and you have a mild astigmatism.Don’t believe me? Take a cell phone picture of your dot. Round every time.

Not to get all sciencey on you, astigmatism simply means your eye isn’t perfectly round. Almost everyone has it to some degree and it affects what you see and how you shoot.

A normal eyeball is shaped like a sphere. When light enters, it bends evenly, allowing you to focus. If you have an astigmatism, your eye is irregularly shaped like a football. The light gets bent and only part of an object is in focus. Objects or red dots, may look blurry or irregular.

TWANGnBANG has done a great video that gives you an easy test for astigmatism and more importantly, some solutions to the fuzzy red dot.

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About the Author /

Mark Miller is a former Customs Agent and a Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and a number of other live fire locations. A student of firearms and shooting, he is an FFL and a SOT. The guiding philosophy of his life is that terrain and situation dictate tactics and the enemy always gets a vote on any plan.


  • Kelhiny

    May 3, 2019

    Red dots are great. Even though I have some trouble with the fuzzy dot, I can adjust the brightness to make it work for me.

  • Ellbrex

    August 8, 2019

    This solved a problem I have had for years. Thanks so much!

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