Forgot your glasses or looking for quick, handy hacks that can help you with your vision? Here are five easy ones you can try at any time – be it your office or home. If you don’t need this, pass it on to that one colleague of yours who always loses his/her glasses.
1. Say OK To A Hand Telescope
Can’t see? Did you forget your glasses somewhere? If your glasses aren’t to be found on top of your head or anywhere around, and you need to quickly read something or see, just use your fingers to create a lens. Make a circle using your fingers that will act as a camera aperture, focusing on what you really need to see.
How’s this possible, you might wonder? In humans, as light rays enter the eyes, they refract or bend and focus directly on the retina to give us a clear image. However, in people with near or farsightedness, light rays entering the eyes do not bend or focus properly on the retina creating what is known as refractive error. And, that makes your vision blurry. Using a hand telescope eliminates some of the light rays that aren’t focusing properly, leaving the more direct rays to hit the retina and create a sharper image. So next time you forget your glasses, rest assured, you’ve got your hand telescope to rely on.
P.S Don’t drive using this hack, but you can definitely try doing everything else. Do give it this hack a shot next time you can’t find your eyeglasses.
2. Pirate Hack To The Rescue!
Using your phone or tablet for hours just before bedtime makes it difficult to see in the dark. If you are someone who finds it hard to put your phone down at night, just close/cover one eye, and use a bright smartphone or tablet in a dark room. Turn the brightness a notch up, and stare at the screen for a few minutes with the uncovered eye. Now set aside your phone or tablet and keep your one eye closed, look around the room, you’ll quickly realize that you can’t see a thing! Fret not, this blindness won’t last very long. Now, open the closed eye, and BAM! You’ll see much better and clearer. This happens because your closed eye is already adjusted to the darkness caused by you shutting your eyes for a while, thereby improving your night vision.
3. Squint, But Be Careful
Ever found yourself squinting or pulling back your eyes to see something clearly? Hold on, before you consider using this hack every time, book an appointment at your eye doctor.
Now, squinting is a quick way to see something clearly when you’re away from your glasses or don’t use one. It is, but an instinctive reaction of the eyes to see bright light by trying to reduce the amount of light suddenly entering the eye. If this happens way too regularly, it may be a sign of refractive error or presbyopia if you are above the age of 40. If you keep this up for long, it might give you a headache.
4. The Phantom Hand Trick
Okay, so this could double up as a vision hack and a fun game with your friends. Say what? All you have to do is find a dark room (easy!), and some dark-colored cloth to use as a blindfold. Start waving your hand in front of your face. Can you see anything? Now, be aware, this does not work for everyone. But, if you’re one of the few who can, it’s not totally weird. It resembles a phantom hand moving in front of your face. No, it is not magic, it is SCIENCE! According to a study from the University of Rochester, this could be your brain triggering a visual response to the movement of your hand. Try it, to believe it!
5. Focus On Your Phone Camera
If you have myopia, then it’s best to have your glasses on. But for the rest of us who like to take a break from our eyewear once in a while, how do we still manage to attain clear vision? Here’s a clever trick a Reddit user suggested that works well in a pinch. Simply take out your cell phone, switch on the camera, and let it act like a portable window to see what you cannot without your glasses. The camera focus helps you see clearly.
Well, you may not want to walk around with a phone plastered three inches from your face at all times, but this hack works great for one of those panic moments when you’re unable to find your glasses and don’t want to miss out on an amazing experience. You’re welcome!