I’m a total four-eyes, and I have been since I got my first pair of specs in elementary school. For some people, their eyesight is perfect all through adolescence, but starts to go down after adulthood. To save you a trip to the optometrist, neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, aka MIT, created an optical illusion they say should help you to figure out if you need glasses.
Here’s how it works: if you see a photo of Marilyn Monroe while holding the photo a foot away, you need glasses; if you see Albert Einstein in the same circumstances, you don’t need glasses.
It’s freaky, right?
The kind people with Asap Science created a video for all of us who don’t understand how this works, explaining:
“Depending on how well you’re able to focus or pick up contrast, your eye will only pick out details. Up close, we’re generally able to pick up fine details like Einstein’s moustache and wrinkles. But as the distance increases, or if your vision is poor and creates a more blurred image in the first place, your ability to pick up details fades away.”
Here’s their in-depth explanation if you want to learn more.
Did you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe?