About CB's eyesight (in Off-topic)


AdminShade April 21 2009 12:23 PM EDT

Taken from the poll I started, 186 people voted:

I have 20/20 vision or better. 34.4
I'm wearing contact lenses. 14.5
I'm wearing glasses. 39.2
I've had laser corrective surgery. 2.7
Todd and Mushu gave me an unfair advantage. 9.1


Almost 10% didn't care about this poll, or couldn't see it entirely. That's 17 people who are 'blind' ;p
From the rest of the people, little more than a 3rd has good eyes while almost 2 thirds is in need of corrective measures, either glasses, lenses or had a corrective surgery.

This got me thinking. If we count CB as 'an average people' then about 2/3 of the entire world population is in need of visual corrective devices... quite shocking not?



This made me think even more, did we always see this bad (in general) or did we lose our visual capabilities gradually because we don't need to hunt for our food anymore like our ancestors once did?

iBananco [Blue Army] April 21 2009 12:27 PM EDT

I'd hardly call CB a representative random sample.

Wasp [Demon Forging] April 21 2009 12:27 PM EDT

If nature were to run its course then 'animals' with impaired vision would usually get eaten or starve. They stand a less chance to reproduce. Thus they stand a far lower chance of passing on their 'defective vision genes'. The genetic pool slowly moves in favour of better eyesight.

With humans this doesn't happen. We get glasses. No drama. Still able to pass on genes etc. So theoretically speaking humans are evolving towards a worse off kind of way. Think of all the genetic problems we have stored up in our gene pool that are allowed to be reproduced. Ah well.

Admindudemus [jabberwocky] April 21 2009 12:39 PM EDT

we are geeks, geeks wear glasses or need to. ; )

now for the pocket protector and slide rule poll!

QBBast [Hidden Agenda] April 21 2009 12:44 PM EDT


First ... the asthmatics poll! Let's see how closely related the "carries an inhaler" and "sits all day & night, every day & night, staring moodily at yet another of Ranger's petulant-yet-self-aggrandizing posts" behaviors are:

1. I can breathe
2. I can breathe with pharmaceutical aid
3. I can breathe with mechanical aid
4. I Am Your Father.

Thak April 21 2009 12:49 PM EDT

I would say it has to do with all the strain we put on our eyes small print through out out our lives. Such as text on the internet, books, cell phone, TV, etc....

AdminShade April 21 2009 1:10 PM EDT

True, CB might not be a good standard population of people. still, bad eyesight is being mixed into our gene pool slowly. It's not that big of a problem when knowing that contact lenses, glasses or even laser surgery are available to us.

The cost of some however is that it indeed is hardly a thing you pick your future partner on. Sometimes someone even chooses someone because of their cute/handsome glasses.

Strange people we are, humans

Brakke Bres [Ow man] April 21 2009 1:13 PM EDT

5. Who's your daddy and what does he do?

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- April 21 2009 1:36 PM EDT

I'm sure staring at monitors all day isn't helping man's ability to see.

Daz April 21 2009 1:55 PM EDT

{Jiraiya}-Fame.Vr 1:36 PM EDT
I'm sure staring at monitors all day isn't helping man's ability to see.

On the contrary!
This is all I have ever done. I have a degree in it. Nearly two. I still have better visual abilities than most people.

AdminTitan April 21 2009 2:36 PM EDT

Well I believe that playing as many video games that I do, and being on the computer so much is the reason why I have bad eyesight. So, maybe this is true for others.

Cube April 21 2009 5:00 PM EDT

At least from what I googled, it's not far from the normal percentages JS.

AdminShade April 21 2009 6:16 PM EDT

Titan: it is somehow proven that playing video games could improve your visual abilities and that it does not deteriorate your eyesight.

People playing video games have faster reaction times also

Canibus April 21 2009 6:22 PM EDT

to the first post id say: no, i doubt we have worse eyesight than before, if that were the case, then bad eyesight somehow was positive for reproduction and i doubt that, reason for corrective elements are because we now have the technology and idea about it.

to the last post id say: yeah we are more reactive (thanks to me playing starcraft for too long). I could work as a flyswatter or a secretary thanks to my gaming/writing ;)

BadFish April 21 2009 6:30 PM EDT

I think my eyesight is borked because one of my hobbies as a young child was staring directly into the sun.

TheHatchetman April 21 2009 6:34 PM EDT

looking closely at the sun will accomplish nothing without zooming in with a magnifying glass to see it up close!

AdminTitan April 21 2009 6:36 PM EDT

Shade: I agree with the faster reaction time, that's definitely true.

Underage Drinking [Battle Royale] April 21 2009 6:38 PM EDT

my eyes are as bad(-2.75/-2.75) as they are for yes probably staring at the sun too ^^ but i have been playing video games since i was 5 and i still do, im a vidoe game geek, but i work in construction and thats when i wear my contacts, glasses are for gaming. and for soemtime now ive contenplated corective eye surgery but it wont help me be a military pilot so im told

and i guess if you are over 5 foot 7 inches you cant be an astronaut.

TheCakeIsTheTruth April 21 2009 6:41 PM EDT

If you smoke weed and play video games, you have a slow reaction time. Really slow.

QBOddBird April 21 2009 7:53 PM EDT

I've had bad eyesight since I was a little kid with big thick glasses. Video games didn't do this to me.

Shade, are you suggesting that we're evolving into giant blind naked mole rats? Because I disagree. People are getting hairier.

Lord Bob April 21 2009 7:59 PM EDT

"Almost 10% didn't care about this poll, or couldn't see it entirely."

Or the options you provided didn't apply to nearly 10% of us. See the amount of "none of the above" responses in the poll.
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