this post is dedicated to the short-sighted {photography}

by - 12/27/2015 10:05:00 pm

"He could just never see anything coming, and as he lay on the solid, uneven ground with Hassan pressing too hard on his forehead, Colin Singleton's distance from his glasses made him realize the problem: myopia. He was nearsighted. The future lay before him, inevitable but invisible."—An Abundance of Katherines
Are you blessed with myopia?

Me neither. No one is blessed. It's either genes or bad luck or a series of poor decisions.

I'm not sure how many of these counted in my case, but that last one definitely counted in my case. I was glued to my Nintendo Lite which I fiddled with often in the car, I read books under dim bedroom lighting. I didn't play sport that required you to be particularly aware of your surroundings. I didn't look at faraway things.

You know those scary cigarette posters featuring rotten limbs or other cancer-tastic shots? If the government invested half as much on scary posters for short-sightedness, we'd have one eagle-eyed nation on our hands.


The thing doctors never tell you about myopia is that it's a slow, spiraling descent...then, a permanent curse. I thought glasses were cool until my eyesight became halfway to legally blind. Until I couldn't tell whether the person across the room was smiling at me or even looking in my direction. And once you realise how bad your eyes have become, it's too late for therapy because you're dependent on the glasses that are slowly making your eyes worse. It's strange, it's a little disheartening to hear that I won't be able to see the world as it is.

Well, I guess I've managed to turn short-sightedness into a real Shakespearean tragedy, huh?

Although there is one thing we myopics (this can be our fandom name, no?) have going for us is our non-negotiable attention to detail. Our own kind of clarity. It's looking at the world through some narrow lenses, but we'll have to take whatever Fate offers us.

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So that was a weird post. Do you have eye problems? Do you think they've changed the way you look at things? Maybe I'll even see a post about long-sightedness in my dashboard.

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26 comments

  1. I'M MYOPIC TOO but I'm the kind of vain person who only wears her glasses when watching TV and looking at the white board, and it's so awkward when I can't see people's faces in the distance and think they're someone I know when they're not. I guess you could call us people who pay attention to detail, but honestly, I think we're missing a lot of the world around us. I truly regret the days when I would stare at iPads all day.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. I know the feels. :( Ironically, I'm using an iPad to reply to your comment just now. I guess old habits die hard! I made it out to be a bigger problem than it is, but yeah, it kinda sucks we miss out on the rest of the world. I never use my glasses unless I need to, either. Apparently that's what you're supposed to do? It's controversial, apparently. Although glasses are really ugly too. :')

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  2. wow...this post really reminds of me of how grateful i should be to God for the eyesight i have. this was a really thoughtful post, jo :) ^_^

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Autumn. :) I'm grateful I'm blind!

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    2. I'm grateful I'm not blind* is what I meant to say :')

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  3. I think that, well, short-sightedness is a problem, but it's not like a HUGE problem because we have eyeglasses and contacts and we can deal with it. I feel like my own myopia has kinda helped me see how people with more serious disabilities live their lives -- I don't know how it is to see the world clearly without my glasses, but that doesn't mean I enjoy the world any less. It's also helped me realise how ridiculous it is to tell people with mental illnesses to 'get over it'. I mean ... you wouldn't take away someone's glasses and tell them, "Just try harder and you'll see clearly WITHOUT these."

    So yeah. It's not that cool to wear glasses, but it is a great analogy to help me understand the difficulties of others.

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    1. Yeah, I agree with you wholeheartedly. I just needed a post to go with the photographs, so I decided to make things as dramatic as possible. :') Wow, it really seems like a lot of bloggers are myopic, judging by the comments.

      And yeah, it's like telling a person with claustrophobia that they'd feel better if they trapped themselves in a closet. LOGIC. :)

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  4. Yep, I'm myopic too. Both genes and bad decisions made my eyesight go down the drain. It's actually not that bad compared to my dad, who only sees some blobs wihtout his glasses. Yet deep down inside I'm so afraid that I'll go completely blind one day...

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

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    1. I know right? Or at least there's the fear of being close to blind, which is actually terrifying. I guess we only realise how much we need our eyesight until we don't have it. :(

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  5. Eyesight truly is a wonderful gift that we always take for granted, isn't it? This post just reminds me how this gift of eyesight is such a special gift from the Creator and how we have to use it responsibly, being good stewards of it.

    This post was interesting, and the photos were breathtaking! Thanks for sharing<3
    XXX -nameless writing

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    1. Yes, that's incredibly true! We take it for granted until it's too late and behind us. And thank you for your kindness. <3

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  6. Man, I can't say how often I've taken my eyesight for granted. I'm myopic too ((hey fellow friends)) because of a series o bad choices like reading in the dark and in moving cars too often. My eyesight has worsened (I just got it checked over Christmas) and I felt so awful. I thought it'll get better but it got worse and that sucked big time. Anyways, just reminded me not to take eyesight for granted :)

    Gorgeous photos!!

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    1. I know. :( Maybe instead of teaching little kids to look after their teeth, we should also give warnings about eyesight? :') I didn't even know moving cars were so harmful until a few years ago.

      Thank you! :)

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  7. I love your pictures! Especially that first one!

    I don't have any eye problems. Which is kind of strange since I'm always looking at a screen or reading a book/sheet music. I do admit that I'm grateful though, because recently I've realized how reliant I am on that one sense: sight. Society is so visually oriented nowadays (sometimes it drives me crazy).

    I love how you write. It's so beautiful and thoughtful. Thoughtful as in thought out or full of thought.

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    1. <3 Thanks, Ashley!

      Yeah, we've really come to rely on sight above anything else nowadays. We judge with our eyes—eyes looking towards advertisements and billboards and other eyes. But hopefully I'll be able to get laser eye surgery when I'm older. :')

      GAH. Thank you so much. :)

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  8. Love the pictures! Especially the second one. :)
    Happy New Year and lots of blogging, Isabella x

    http://isafashionebella.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! And happy new year to you too! :)

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  9. Such a coincidence I went to the opthamologist this morning. Luckily my vision is perfect, but it's always a pleasure to peek into the lives of others. <3
    ps. I haven't been on Blogger in a bit, and I adore your new design! So elegant!
    ~ Sanjana
    peridotcove.blogspot.com

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    1. HAHAHA. That's a funny coincidence. :')
      Oh yeah, but I'm not complaining too much. I guess I'll just wear glasses a lot!
      (Thanks, Sanjana! I thought I hadn't seen your posts in a long time. I've been on a hiatus, too, but it's great that we're both back!)

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  10. Me: near-sighted. I love that John Green quote. His books are the best. ♥

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    1. The struggle. :( Haha, only joking. Green is fantastic indeed!

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  11. I absolutely love your photos, particularly the first one. The funny thing is, I never wear the glasses my optometrist prescribe me unless I really have to. I'm not sure if that's a good thing though. Anyhow, can't wait to see more of your photography!

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  12. I AM MYOPIC TOO! I actually used to have really good eyesight. But after I was introduced to the internet, my eyesight started to blur out and so I began wearing glasses 2 years ago and I've worn them since. Although glasses may seem like a flaw, I think it's pretty cool. I mean, it's a piece of plastic with a curvy glass lens that you put on your face that changes the way you see the world.

    Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ | florrall.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I AM MYOPIC TOO! I actually used to have really good eyesight. But after I was introduced to the internet, my eyesight started to blur out and so I began wearing glasses 2 years ago and I've worn them since. Although glasses may seem like a flaw, I think it's pretty cool. I mean, it's a piece of plastic with a curvy glass lens that you put on your face that changes the way you see the world.

    Nicole ᵔᴥᵔ | florrall.blogspot.co.uk

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