Sunday, 8 February 2009

Astigmatism

I have for some time been thinking that I should illustrate what my world looks like. Mostly because I am very interested in what other people's worlds look like - I always have, mostly from an artistic point of view (for instance, how does a colourblind person see my paintings) - but the past few years also from a professional point of view since sight correction is, after all, what I work with.

Thus, a simple illustration using a capital e!

This is what it should look like.

This is what it looks like if I only look with my right eye.
The blue is the "fake" one.

This is what it looks like if I look with my left eye, the red being the one thats not there.

And this, more realistically coloured, is what I wind up seeing.

I have glasses that correct my astigmatism, I have glasses that also correct my myopia. Alot of the time I walk without though, since I only have alittle myopia - on one eye just enough for perfect reading focus, actually. If it wouldn't be for the bloody astigmatism.

Like most people with inaccurate vision I am good at interpreting my surroundings, and I can easily manage most things without glasses. However...

Departure/arrivals boards at train/metro stations, airports, etc, as well as the signs aboard trains and buses telling you which stop you're at, are impossible to read. Road signs that are text not symbols can be very challenging as well but I don't need to see them often considering I don't drive. But public transportation.. meh. I can usually interpret letters, especially capital letters, but numbers...

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