The other day, I had to get my glasses reglazed and it meant that I was walking around town for about an hour without my glasses. I have worn glasses since I was four years old. I am now considerably older and have grown rather accustomed to wearing my glasses because I am exceptionally long-sighted.
In an hour of walking around, I didn’t have my normal vision. Although I go short spans of time without wearing glasses on a daily basis, and it has been a good few years since I played rugby and didn’t wear them for 80 minutes of game time plus, this was the longest period of time I have had to do significant things without my glasses on.
What struck me as remarkable was the fact that I felt somewhat detached from reality. Having to walk around the world town for that period of time and interacting with people and objects and the environment, I really felt like my perception of reality was at least a step removed from what it normally is. It was as if I couldn’t quite access reality as I usually do. “Detached” is probably the best way to describe it: it was like I had a really poor interpretation of reality that stretched back into my conscious perception, into my mind.
Now, perhaps after a while, this would have normalised, but it really was quite powerful – that strength of detachment in my mind.
I wonder if anyone reading has ever lost their sight in a way that has not been able to be corrected by something like glasses? Has such a change in eyesight led to a change in conscious perception and interpretation of reality.
I also wonder if you lose a fundamental quality of vision, whether aspects of conscious perception don’t normalise over time.