from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The stereotype of a nerd wearing glasses is deeply set into many cultures. But it might not be too long before it’s not just “nerds” wearing glasses. More people (nerds and jocks alike) are staring at screens and need corrective eyewear. Treatments like LASIK could become more popular — or people could start wearing smartglasses for augmented reality and a clearer view of the world. Even if you have 20/20 vision now, almost everyone seems to get presbyopia, so count yourself lucky if you’re not reading this with corrective lenses.
- By 2050, half the world’s population could be myopic — if current trends continue. About 40% of the US population is nearsighted, and about 28% of the world has myopia. There could be environmental conditions to avoid — maybe going outdoors more will help — and we could reduce myopia for future generations. [url]
- Smarter displays could adapt to a user’s imperfect vision — so a person wouldn’t need to put on reading glasses to view a tablet screen. Vision correcting software under development can already correct for some myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and a few other vision problems. [url]
- Augmented reality eyewear could help farsighted people — when the tech gets smaller, thinner, higher resolution… and less obtrusive to wear. Eyewear displays could also help with a bunch of different vision problems, but it might take a while before the reputation of “glassholes” have worn off. [url]
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