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Art that shows visual effects of looking from close distances?

If you lay your forehead on the palm of your hand and look down at your forearm, you get a distorted view of the connection between wrist and forearm, as well as a sort of "ghost" forearm silhouette at the margins. What's this called, why does it happen, and are there any paintings or other art that captures these effects?
posted by shivohum on Nov 29, 2010 - 13 answers

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out?

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out? Would you strain your eyes? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Nov 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Stereoscopic Vision

Is the average person really that dependent upon stereoscopic vision? [more inside]
posted by TeslaNick on Nov 9, 2010 - 29 answers

How do I best prepare for my imminent blindness?

I am already blind in one eye, and blindness is slowly progressing in the other eye. I can still see, but I'd like some tips on how to prepare myself for total blindness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2010 - 20 answers

How to take sharp pictures with unsharp eyes?

My vision is changing, which is not unusual, I'm getting older. But I'm having the odd problem when I use cameras (view cameras and medium format as well as 35mm) in getting the best focus (manually). How can I best use cameras, lupes, focussing screens and the like as my vision changes thanks to my advancing years? [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias on Oct 29, 2010 - 8 answers

Can you live in the Bay Area without driving?

Assuming you don't drive due to poor vision (so you can't rent a Zipcar) is it feasible to live in the Bay Area and have a decent life, with the ability to get around, go to work, and socialize? With respect to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, what areas would be best, and what parts would be too inconvenient or time-consuming to get by without driving?
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2010 - 15 answers

Yellow-Tinted Night Vision Sunglasses? WTF?

Yellow-tinted night vision sunglasses? Do these things actually work as advertised?
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Oct 18, 2010 - 18 answers

Mini-stroke?

Did I have a mini-stroke in my sleep? Should I go to the ER or a walk-in clinic for temporary vision loss in mainly one eye even though my vision is back? Will the doctors think I'm wasting their time? [more inside]
posted by Faraday Cage on Oct 15, 2010 - 102 answers

Help me find a good ophthalmologist in Bellingham, WA.

My optometrist just spotted a mystery mass in my left eye that's making my vision partially blurry. She's referring me to a specialist in Seattle who can see me in the middle of next month, but I'd really like to get an appointment sooner--and locally. Can anyone recommend a good, competent ophthalmologist with a decent bedside manner in Bellingham, WA?
posted by Janey Complainy on Sep 24, 2010 - 6 answers

What would you do with your last ten years of sight?

How can I prepare myself for likelihood of being completely blind by the time I'm 35? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 - 51 answers

Isekonia, you say 'wha?'

Attention glasses/contacts wearers! Do you have a major difference in the prescription between one eye and the other, aka anisometropia? Have you found any benefit from iseikonic lenses? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Aug 25, 2010 - 7 answers

Eyeglass fit for Asian faces in NYC

Which eyeglass shop in NYC could most ably adjust eyeglasses to fit an Asian face? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Aug 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Dots wobble, but they don't fall down.

How would you quantify wobble? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Aug 4, 2010 - 16 answers

Cataract surgery: which type of lens do I want?

I'm looking at cataract surgery in the next year or two, and wondering what my options are as far as lenses go. [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on Jul 19, 2010 - 9 answers

The look I get when I tell people I had an ulcer on my eye makes it ALMOST worth it

After a bad experience I am finally ready to wear contact lenses again... but this time I want to be absolutely, totally, 100% safe and sterile about it. What steps should I take to minimize my chances of infection? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 2, 2010 - 31 answers

Viewing The World Through Two-Colored Glasses

Any harm in wearing sunglasses with two mismatched lenses? [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Apr 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me compare these eyes to those eyes.

What animals/insects/etc have better vision than people? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Feb 18, 2010 - 12 answers

What did the blind slaves do?

In the U.S. slavery system, how did blind slaves work?
posted by coizero on Feb 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Do pinhole glasses work?

I found this pinhole glasses sold at the local pharmacy, and feel intrigued by its claim to help me see better and improve my vision overtime (I'm short-sighted). My skeptic alarm rang with warnings (if it's too good to be true, it usually is, etc.), but a quick google-fu turned up nothing substantial to refute such claims. So, does anybody have any experience or anecdotes to share in regards of such product ?
posted by joewandy on Jan 24, 2010 - 16 answers

What causes intermittent blurry vision?

Have there been any reports of laser eye surgery causing periodic blurry vision in both eyes? [more inside]
posted by etoile on Jan 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Vision Anomaly or Ordinary After-Images?

I can't tell if I'm having very normal vision experiences or if I need to go to the doctor. Specifically, I keep getting an after-image of a dot when I haven't been looking at anything bright. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Patterns and eyes

Often, when I view repeating high-contrast patterns in blinds, clothes, floors, escalators, or other objects I find them to be disconcerting verging on painful. You aren't my doctor, but does this sound familiar at all? Googling has turned up nothing useful. [more inside]
posted by TimeDoctor on Jan 12, 2010 - 21 answers

Am I losing my vision? At 22?

Am I going blind? All of a sudden I have a large blindspot at about 4 o clock in my field of vision. I also have a terrible headache, both of which developed today. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu on Dec 22, 2009 - 40 answers

Help with vision problem

What are these moving lines in my vision? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Nov 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Should I see an opthamologist or an optometrist?

Probably need my first pair of glasses. Haven't had my eyes checked in years. Should I see an opthamologist or an optometrist? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 10, 2009 - 25 answers

Why doesn't it damage your eyes to look at light after they've been dilated?

I'm posting for my wife who just got her eyes dilated at 4 p.m. (so she can't look at the computer to type this herself). I tried to Google my question and couldn't come up with any satisfactory answers. The question is why doesn't dilating your eyes and then viewing any form of light harm your eyes? [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Nov 9, 2009 - 10 answers

(What's the Story) Morning blurry?

IKnowYouAreNotMyDoctor-filter: one blurry eye in the morning. [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Nov 4, 2009 - 14 answers

How can you see what I saw?

In 35 mm terms, how wide angle are our eyes? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon on Nov 1, 2009 - 20 answers

I don't think it should be hurting this long

Is it normal to have recurring headaches while wearing contacts? Yes, YANMD. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Oct 31, 2009 - 15 answers

Living with floaters?

Any advice for getting rid of or living with floaters in my eyes? [more inside]
posted by kms on Oct 26, 2009 - 15 answers

edit detection

I'm interested in detecting edits in a given video stream. Is there any literature out there on edit detection? [more inside]
posted by yegga on Oct 19, 2009 - 3 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me find an odd magnifying glass.

Help me find an odd magnifying glass. [more inside]
posted by dogwelder on Sep 29, 2009 - 6 answers

Windows to the soul in constant involuntary motion

What do you see when you encounter someone with nystagmus? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Sep 20, 2009 - 28 answers

Damn My Eyes

I'm seeing a weird "floater" on the right side of my field of vision. [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on Sep 11, 2009 - 14 answers

Laser eye correction in the northern virginia area?

I am nearsighted with a slight astigmatism, have about $2,000 to spend, and a desire to never wear glasses again. [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Sep 9, 2009 - 19 answers

How worried should I be about my symptoms?

Should I be worried about this? I went to the doctor this morning to get checked out for cold/flu symptoms; I didn't think it was serious -- I just wanted to check that I didn't have H1N1, but the doctor told me that the treatment I'd been getting for prostatitis was "highly unusual for someone in their 20s", and he said I should immediately stop taking the antibiotic I'm on (Septra/Bactrim) because I might be having an allergic reaction to it, or possibly an autoimmune reaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Mac and eystrain

I've been wanting to switch to a Mac for around a year, but my vision isn't perfect and Macs seem to be designed for designers with 20/20 vision. [more inside]
posted by lsemel on Sep 4, 2009 - 27 answers

How Dry I Am!

VisionFilter: Should I switch from rigid gas permeable lenses to soft? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Aug 21, 2009 - 16 answers

Looking for the best contacts for dry eyes

Should I stick with my current contact lenses, or go with one of two other brands? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Aug 14, 2009 - 15 answers

Can Contacts Replace My Progressive & Computer Glasses?

I'm considering wearing contact lenses again in lieu of eyeglasses to make working with camera viewfinders easier. I've worn glasses since i was a kid. Got the usual array of problems: Nearsightedness, astigmatism, presbyopia. Currently wear progressive lenses in my glasses. However, I find reading with my progressive lenses is unpleasant, so I usually take them off. I use a separate pair of glasses for computer work. I was fitted with a test pair of soft monovision lenses last week. They're not going to work. Close vision -- within arm's reach -- is unacceptable. I told the clinician I wanted contacts to provide vision correction at least as good as my glasses. I want any contacts I wear to work at distance vision, close vision, reading, driving, computer work, etc. She replied that I wouldn't get that with contacts. Is she right?
posted by justcorbly on Aug 13, 2009 - 20 answers

How can I color correct my digital photos if I don't see colors well?

I want to color correct my digital photos, but I have a color vision deficiency. Up to now, I've been correcting the levels manually, but relying on the auto-color features in Picasa or Photoshop for colors, but often this doesn't do a good job and the colors look off, even to me. I can manually correct the levels and adjust the colors so they look right to me, but that doesn't guarantee they will look right to others. Is there any way to color correct numerically (for instance, using the eyedropper tool on someone's face to to see if the RGB value of skin falls within a skin-tone range) Otherwise, is there a service that I can send my digital photos to where they can color correct them perfectly and send them back? I'm interested in the digital files, not in getting prints.
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2009 - 7 answers

Dry sore eyes without contacts

My eyes are dry and sore when I'm *not* wearing my contact lenses. Does anyone else experience this? [more inside]
posted by andraste on Jun 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Do contact lenses that compensate for color blindness work?

Are those contact lenses that compensate for red/green colour blindness actually any use? [more inside]
posted by Elmore on May 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Bizarre visual phenomenon

Occasionally, I experience a strange visual phenomenon that resembles a vortex of some sort... [more inside]
posted by Acey on May 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Dots in my vision, dots on my arm, and uh, hmm, what's the word?

Since I last posted I've been feeling much better, but now have very new and strange symptoms. I've been seeing flashes in my vision, felt like I was misreading text or having difficulty expressing myself verbally (words came a bit more slowly than usual), and went to the ER when I saw (and a friend confirmed) my pupils were unevenly dilated. I've also had a recurring, painless rash of tiny red dots that is only ever present on my right hand, and comes and goes rather quickly. All symptoms started two or three weeks ago. I can't see a doctor for a week or two, but when I can, what kind should I see and what should I ask about? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Apr 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Please help me with my glasses

Please help me with my glasses. Farsighted, astigmatism, presbyopia. Glasses provide only a very small field of sharpness. Details within. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest on Apr 23, 2009 - 23 answers

Experiencing color without sight?

Is there any way for a blind superhero to experience a distinction between colors? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Apr 20, 2009 - 20 answers

Fuzzy Fate?

My left eye is dead. I just discovered that my left eye doesn't work well. Everything looks blurry at every distance. I can't easily read a book with it, or read a digital clock on the wall. I didn't realize it because my right eye is still OK, and was compensating in focusing things. [more inside]
posted by fucker on Apr 17, 2009 - 37 answers

Careers in the dim future

I have some long term degenerative eye problems that may result in blindness over the next 10-20 years. What are some fields in which I could prosper despite this potential handicap? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 - 7 answers

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