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 oil paintings that vividly shows the struggle of those who have myopia or nearsightedness, the most common refractive eyesight error.

At first glance, Barlow’s paintings look like photographs that are out of focus. But these realistic paintings perfectly portray the blurred effect that nearsighted people see when they take off their glasses, and let those with normal eye vision understand what it’s like to live with this condition. Of course, not only these colorful paintings will scratch that itch of curiosity, but they are also highly aesthetically pleasing and really are the modern art pieces that you've never seen before.

Scroll down to see the blurry-eyed realistic artworks for yourself.

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Not Quite Infinity
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2 years ago

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

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Rebecah Ozuna
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2 years ago

Hello, blindness my friend...

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yoyo3841
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2 years ago

this is better then how i see without my glasses

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athornedrose
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2 years ago

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

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

I thought I had my glasses off

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vanessa hernandez
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2 years ago

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

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Tara Mills
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2 years ago

This is exactly how I see the world :)

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Abigail Kreiss
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2 years ago

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

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My O My
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2 years ago

I totally love this one!

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Whawhawhatsis
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2 years 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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Charlotte
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2 years ago

love this one xx

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Cora Thiemann
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2 years ago

Why didn't you come over when you saw me? Ehm, did I see you?

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GFSTaylor
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2 years ago

The artist tends to overdo the circular blobs to indicate lights and reflections. There are just too many of them in some pictures and the reflections on water are not so uniformly round as depicted in these pics. In the this picture, the blobs appear to be in the foreground, and look like raindrops on a camera lens. I cannot focus on anything more than about five inches past the end of my nose. It's an interesting idea though, these pics.

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Fiona Messenger
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2 years ago

Pretty close to my vision. It looks pretty like this, but annoying in bright sunlight or if you're trying to find someone.

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Erik Granqvist
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2 years ago

Thats the best representation on my vision.

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Caroline Driver
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2 years ago

Lights would be more, bigger, glarey, for me

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Sue Ross
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2 years ago

Very much how I see but with less colour

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diane a
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2 years ago

the shadows are pointing in slightly different directions

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Zahida Perveen
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2 years ago

Nd then my friends ask: Why didn't you stop when saw me that morning?

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Dian Ella Lillie
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2 years ago

I wear specs. Sadly, I would be chuffed to see as well as is depicted in these paintings. Without my glasses everything is just a blur of unrecognisable shapes... :-(

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athornedrose
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2 years ago

it's weird, like if i take my glasses off i can see this more clearly....

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Nini Meow
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2 years ago

The struggle of it.. and the rain worsens it

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Ritchard Cubbon
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1 year ago

I'd trade my vision for a world in which it is sunny all the time.

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