Monroe Or Einstein: Check If You Need Glasses At Your Computer

You probably know whether or not you're near-sighted, but some people get so used to seeing things a certain way that they ignore a vision problem, squint a lot, and end up with unnecessary eye strain at the computer.

The double-image above cuts straight to the point: If you see Albert Einstein while sitting a normal distance from your computer, you're seeing things as you should. If you see Marilyn Monroe, you should probably be wearing glasses or contacts.

I've got glasses, so I can easily A/B test by taking my glasses off (I see Monroe) and putting them back on (I see Einstein). If you aren't near-sighted and you want to see the image how near-sighted folks do, you can squint or just walk away from your computer until you see Monroe.

We're no optometrists, but it's easy to ignore a vision problem that's snuck up a little bit at a time and doesn't hurt to check.

PS If anyone knows where this image originated, let me know and I'll update the post.

How to Test Shortsightedness [Google+ via Chris Prillo]


    I see a mix. Generally wear glasses anyway. Sigh.

    Since that picture has been around for years I think you're going to struggle to find the original source -

    I see Monroe when I take off the glasses. But she has some funky eyebrows going!

    I think you mean long-sighted. That is when you need reading glasses.

    I had friggen walk to the other side of the room till I saw Monroe and even then I still saw a lot Einstein.

    It's for near-sightedness. Near-sighted means only being able to see clearly when close (near) what you're looking at while not being able to focus on things from a distance; far-sighted is the opposite. If a person is far-sighted the pic wouldn't be fuzzy from a distance and therefore would look like AE, not MM.

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