Ever wonder how the guys in the special forces deal with their slow changing night vision? Well wonder no more, introducing 10 tested and proven ways to improve your night vision in a fraction of the time as your old, untrained self would attempt to do so. Fully operational night vision can take up to twenty-five minutes to form after coming out of a bright room. Those extra vital minutes you have of fully operational night vision could be all you need to stick it to the bad guy, or just your buddy(s) in a "friendly" game of paintball. With over ten options to improve your night vision, you can choose just one, all ten or a combination of them that best work for you. a few are bound to work to your specific needs, if not all.
First in the line of ten proven techniques to improve your night vision is the protection trick. In order to preserve any thing, you need to first protect it from it's enemy. To preserve fire, keep it away from water. In this case the enemy is light. When you see a bright light, don't look at it, looking away for a few seconds or at least closing your eyes until they are tiny slits can save your eyes a lot of confusion from slow switching back and forth for no reason.
The next way to effectively improve your night vision is to use your peripheral vision. This means to not look at one thing at once, or do the best you can. Once you get into the groove of using performing this trick, it will become relatively easy if you haven't already previously mastered this easy to learn skill. It's like it almost comes naturally to most.
The third and forth options, I don't fully understand. Maybe you can figure these out for me. One is to simply scan the room like you were looking for a specific article of clothing you know would be out in the open, not really digging for it, just looking around the room from a single vantige point. Don't focus on anything in particular. What I don't really understand is how this could improve your night vision at all. Maybe it is just used to preserve the night vision that you already have. The other confusing option is to try and single out shape, movement and contour of your desired target rather than color.
Instead or a bright white LED light, try a red one. The option of a red light is commonly put on most hiking, head band lights. Or you could just tape some thin red plastic over your household flashlight.
Proubably the most proven technique to use and the one I prefer the most is the pirates technique. It has been around for years and for a good reason too. You have proubably seen ye ol patch in action on the hit show, Mythbusters. Jamie and Adam had to sacrifice their body without using the featured trick. To make matters worse, they had just came in from outside on a bright day and both were instructed to stare at the most shiny oblects the could look at for about 25 minutes. They were horrible, like a blind man looking for his dog.
The second time, they switched the eye patch from the eye that was under the patch and covered the eye that was looking at the hoods of cars and aluminum foil. The eye that was under the patch and in the dark until now worked perfect in their obstacle course where they previously had nearly died. You could put a patch over one eye and switch when you need a burst of night vision or you could just close your eye and open the other one when in a bright place or looking at the hoods of cars and the sun.
The ninja's technique is to get lower than your terget. This is suoesed to help you find the shape and contour better which goes hand and hand with a previous trick posted above. Work out well for a ninja like Sam Fisher.
The Elite Forces are still tought to squeese their eyes shut for ten seconds and should be fine when you open them. The effictiveness of this techinque is contested.
The Soviet special forces were taught to eat a sugar cube before going out in the dark and shine the filtered red light into your eyes for ten seconds.
The final way to improve your night vision. This is called the high tech/low tech techinque. Grab your digital camera or your cellphone and switch it to picture mode. Hold the screen over one of your eyes with the other eye able to see the darkness. Try to only focus on what the uncovered eye is seeing. This should help you see more clearly.