Have you ever wondered how people with specific eye errors see the world? Philip Barlow, a Cape Town-based artist, has created a series of paintings that vividly shows the struggle of those who have myopia or nearsightedness, the most common refractive error of the eye.


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At a first glance, Barlow’s paintings look like photographs that are out of focus. But these hyperrealistic oil artworks perfectly portray the blurred effect that nearsighted people see when they take off their glasses, and let those with normal vision understand what it’s like to live with this condition. Scroll down to see them for yourself.

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Not Quite Infinity 2 weeks ago

It's funny cause this is EXACTLY how I see the world without my glasses

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Rebecah Ozuna 2 weeks ago

Hello, blindness my friend...

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yoyo3841 1 week ago

this is better then how i see without my glasses

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athornedrose 1 week ago

this!! i can never explain to sighted people how the streetlights/traffic lights etc look!

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Nini Meow 1 week ago

I thought I had my glasses off

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vanessa hernandez 1 week ago

is it weird i can see this kind of clearly with my glasses off

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Tara Mills 1 week ago

This is exactly how I see the world :)

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Abigail Kreiss 2 weeks ago

I don't think colors seem this bright to me without my contacts.

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My O My 2 weeks ago

I totally love this one!

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Whawhawhatsis 2 weeks ago

These paintings are really gorgeous just as artworks, especially the ones like this one where the subjects are so indistinct it's hard to tell what they even are. Besides beautiful art!

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