Cyclops can miss using his optic blast the same way a shooter can miss using a gun. Using his powers is a skill that required training. Not to mention the fact he cannot direct the beam with his actual eyes, he must turn his head and direct the beam using his visor controls.
- In his early career, he could not control the intensity of his optic blast, it was an all or nothing affair. Without his visor, his power was explosive and nearly uncontrollable. Here is a sample of what his power is like, without his visor:
- He could not direct the beam with his eyes, it was merely available when he opened them. It is the use of the ruby quartz visor that releases the force from his eyes, he does not target with them.
- The beam is targeted by lifting or turning his head, and the width of the visor's emitter array.
- Over time, he has learned to control the intensity of the beam but it is still a torrent of energy. He can use his level of control to allow a beam as tiny as a pencil to be emitted and can control the damage capacity well enough to shoot a game of pool using only his optic blast.
All of this training allows him to be able to utilize his optic blast under stressful conditions and to regulate the flow of energy he is able to emit. Without monitoring that control and thus not instantaneously emitting energy as soon as he opens his eyes, the blast has the potential to miss targets. Considering the damage potential his uncontrolled vision is capable of producing, Cyclops has always made every effort to temper his use of his power.
Targets of his power, can learn to predict how the blast will move, based on the position of his head, neck and the delay of the emission of the blast. He has made that more difficult by learning to bounce his blast from multiple surfaces, making it harder to predict his attack. But like shooting a weapon, he must still aim, prepare, release and control the energy put out by his optic blast.
While it is a great power, targeted literally by looking, there is still more to the dynamic and use of said power. It's not only about how fast the weapon is but how well aimed.