Knowing which eye is dominant is important when using smart glasses. Indeed, these wearable devices can be either monocular or binocular. While using the same technology, each type has different design, features and weights. That is why they find application in different contexts.

In addition to the different scope of application, choosing between the two may also depend on the preference of the expert wearing the smart glasses.

Now, let’s say you are about to use a monocular smart glasses for the first time. In order to have great focus, you’ll need to determine which eye to choose to look at from the single display. How can you do that? Through a simple eye dominance test.

How to Figure Out Which Eye is Dominant

When you perform manual tasks, such as writing, you will naturally use more of one hand (for many people the right) than the other. The concept of a dominant hand is similar to that of eye dominance.

Unlike hands and feet, though, when it comes to sight many people find it hard to understand whether their dominant is the right or left eye. In fact, dominant hand and eye do not always match.
How do our eyes work? Together, they send visual input to the brain which, once it has received the input, reprocesses it into a single, quality image.

However, there is usually a predominant eye between the two: that’s the eye that acts as a guide, sending the main information. It’s precisely this eye that provides the brain with the main visual signal, which is also more detailed according to the environment around it.
We all have a dominant eye – in most cases the right – and a non-dominant one. But how can you tell?

Right or Left? Find  your Dominant Eye with the Test

There are many tests you can do on your own to figure out which one is your dominant eye. They are simple and you can perform them before wearing your monocular smart glasses for the first time. Try this “aiming test.”

  • Stand at a distance from an object you want to aim at
  • Stretch out your arm and then cover the image by placing your closed hand in front of it with your thumb pointing up.
  • First, close one eye and then switch to the other eye without ever moving your thumb from your sight

When you open your dominant eye, your thumb will completely hide the object. By contrast, with your non-dominant eye, you will have the feeling that your thumb has moved.
Now that you have a clearer idea, when you use monocular smart glasses you will know on which eye to mount the display.

Just as it happens in some sports where it is important to aim well (e.g. target shooting), or in photography, it is fundamental to point the monocular smart glasses at the dominant eye for an optimal performance. You’ll be able to see better and frame the target which your intervention and/or “hands-free” inspection is focusing on.

With the Eye4Task collaborative platform and the tools it provides to carry out and complete tasks, your performance will improve even more.

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