How I See Things

How I See Things
Cartoon-like drawing in shades of dark to medium purple. Eyes with beautiful eyelashes, looking through a pair of glasses.

Friday, August 23, 2019

What does it mean to see in 2 Dimensions?

So, I tell people I have never been able to see in 3D. They can’t fathom it. As foreign a concept it is for me to see in 3D, it is just as foreign to them to only see in 2dimensions. Having said that, televisions and movie theaters show what it’s like to see in 2dimensions. That’s how I see. Everything is flat, I guess. 

[This is a beautiful photo I took of Black-eyed Susans and some Zinnias in a garden in Pennsylvania.]

The only way I measure how far something is, is by seeing how much floor there is between me and the thing I am looking at. I constantly look at the floor. I just know it’s there. 

I remember being a teenager in high school and every morning, I would get up and walk straight in to my dresser. Ka-BLAM! Then I would walk in to the doorway of my room. Then, I would walk in to the wall outside my bedroom door. Every. Morning. 

One day, I was so tired of this, that I decided to slow down and LOOK better. I never walked in to those objects again. I did, however, just 3 days ago, walk into a table. Twice. My poor pinky toes were yelping in severe pain for the rest of the day. I felt like they were crying “wee wee wee” all the way home and saying, “What did you do THAT for?” I mean - TWICE. Then, the next day, I walked into my living room coffee table with my other foot. Ouch. 

I told a Quaker Friend of mine about this recently, and she told me one time she went to the eye doctor and he said, “you must have bruises on the right side of your body from walking into things.” She stared at him and said, “how do you know?” She was fully clothed, but had bruises right then on her right leg. I could completely empathize with her. The constancy of walking in to objects. If I am not being extra careful, I walk into things. It hurts. 

But, in the words of Mark Twain: “I digress.” Back to the 2Dimensional conversation. 

I was out to lunch with an acquaintance today. She asked me, “what do you mean you can only see in 2 dimensions?” I have given this thought these last few days, knowing that tomorrow I will get my brand new pair of glasses that will enable me to see 3D. I told her, “just close one eye and look around.”

She did it. She stopped after like 7 seconds and said she really didn’t get it. I told her to put a patch over one of her eyes and just walk around like that for an entire day. I told her, "see how many things you bump in to."

Having 2 eyes with slightly different angles is what enables people to see in 3dimensions. My eyes don’t work together - they alternate back and forth, back and forth. I can’t compile the 3D viewpoint. 

Tomorrow, I will get a new pair of glasses with a thing in them called “PRIZM.” I told my acquaintance this. She said her husband has this kind of thing on his glasses too! But it’s because he had a stroke about 3 years ago. Because of his stroke, he lost his ability to see in 3D. I probably lost my ability to see in 3D due to the multiple head traumas I had when I was an infant. I’ll talk about that in another blog post, I am sure. 

How is that I am 47 years old and have been to more eye doctors / optometrists than I can count, and have constantly told them, “my eyes don’t work together,” and NONE of them have told me about this thing you can add on to your glasses prescription called “PRIZM.” ?

Well, tomorrow I get to try it on. My world is seriously about to change. I hope my brain will be ok with this. I have no idea if they will tell me I need to just wear the glasses for like 10 minutes the first day, 15 the next, 30 the next, and so on. Or if they will just say, “there you go! Have fun with those!” 

I also know that part of the prescription with these new glasses is that I will get vision therapy too. Wow. So crazy. 

Tomorrow, at some point, I will put these new glasses on and look at myself in the mirror, and I will see my own face for the first time, in 3Dimensions. Wow. And when I get home, I will see my sons’ faces for the first time in 3Dimensions. My boys are teenagers, and I have never seen their faces in 3Dimensions. 

Tomorrow is going to be a big day for me. I hope the glasses are the right prescription for me. I can’t say that I have EVER felt like glasses ever fully corrected what I needed. It will be super wonderful to finally have a pair of glasses that actually correct my vision completely. Wow. What a concept. I hope they do what I am hoping they do.

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