You can fix your vision while you sleep. Orthokeratology lenses reshape your corneas overnight so you don’t need corrective lenses when you’re awake. When you remove them in the morning, you can see just as clearly as you would with prescription lenses.

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The lenses can by worn whether you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or have small amounts of astigmatism. They also help slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. 


Marco Maggi | Global Myopia

56th Venice Biennale | ‘All the World’s Futures’ | Uruguay Pavilion

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Hi everyone, Hi Taylor - I’m Elena, I’m from Spain and I’m 16 yrs old. Firstly, I’m sorry if this is misspelled, I speak Spanish so I’m gonna try and write this the best I can. So, now I can tell you my story: 

 I was born on 17th July of 1999 - 3 months earlier than expected. I weighed 400 grams at birth (yeah it’s crazy but totally real.) Everything was difficult in the early months of my life: I was about to cross the line of life or death. I couldn’t see because my eyes were not trained properly (I was able to see a few weeks later and now I have myopia, but it’s totally nothing important) and I had to be in an incubator for four months. But I preferred to stay here, in this catastrophic yet beautiful world. I was fearless

Unfortunately, last year I was diagnosed with deafness due to my early birth, but as I have had this for most of my life, it was not important for me. However, this is not the point.

I was so brave in my childhood, but now - not so much. My self-esteem didn’t exist. I didn’t value myself and I looked bad and sad. Now, I’m so much better than I was before -despite still being obsessive over my body because I don’t feel that I look beautiful - but I’m still proud of how far I’ve come. When I found you in 2008, that was probably the best discovery I’ve made in my life. Your songs reflect my feelings, and to me you are more than a singer: you are my role model because you are so sweet, you help everybody, you always want your fans happiness and you always make me feel alive and happy. You have no idea how much I love you and I need to hold you. You saved my life. I’m not clean now, but the storm is over. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING ME STRONG. YOU AND YOUR MUSIC HELPED ME WHEN NOBODY DID. 

In my childhood, not only the doctors but my endeavour and my effort (that’s what my parents say - that I really wanted to live but I couldn’t even think) saved me. And now, thanks to you, Taylor Alison Swift.. I’m here. So many times I have wanted to disappear, but thanks to you I did not. 

Fortunately, I haven’t got a big or important disease, but anyway: thank you, thank you, thank you. The only thing I want in my life is for you to know this. 

I love you so much, Tay. taylorswift


But Ilana is not cruel. She in fact, feels like a female Bill Murray character, a combination I have never encountered before. She’s Venkman in a midriff-bearing T-shirt: a woman who does whatever she wants but with so much affable myopia you end up admiring her. It’s not how most people do things, but if your job doesn’t pay you, why not take a nap? If you have hemorrhoids and you find yourself at the vet, why not ask about them? Ilana is uniquely unburdened by what people think of her. If that sometimes makes her a jerk, it also makes her a unicorn—a rare being that, once spotted, you don’t take your eyes off.
—  “Three Cheers for the Broads of Broad City” via Slate

Myopia, or nearsightedness, has exploded in the West over the past 40 years. In Asia, the condition has reached truly epidemic proportions – within the span of a single generation, it’s gone from affecting a small percentage of the population to, in certain demographics, affecting damn near all of the population. … Why all the sudden squintiness? Well, to trace myopia back to its earliest roots, it seems the condition sprung from our human need to escape the slavering iniquities awaiting us in that place that must now only be mentioned in a hushed whisper (“outdoors”). You see, much like Superman, your eyeballs derive their superpower from sunlight (“superpower” in this case meaning “ability to focus on anything beyond arm’s length”). Studies have shown that spending too much of your youth indoors under weak, artificial lighting is all but guaranteed to doom you to a lifetime of haggling with LensCrafters cashiers.

5 Sneaky Ways The Modern World Is Destroying Your Body

The myopia boom

East Asia has been gripped by an unprecedented rise in myopia, also known as short-sightedness. Sixty years ago, 10–20% of the Chinese population was short-sighted. Today, up to 90% of teenagers and young adults are. In Seoul, a whopping 96.5% of 19-year-old men are short-sighted.

Other parts of the world have also seen a dramatic increase in the condition, which now affects around half of young adults in the United States and Europe — double the prevalence of half a century ago. By some estimates, one-third of the world’s population — 2.5 billion people — could be affected by short-sightedness by the end of this decade. “We are going down the path of having a myopia epidemic,” says Padmaja Sankaridurg, head of the myopia programme at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Sydney, Australia.

This threat has prompted a rise in research to try to understand the causes of the disorder — and scientists are beginning to find answers. They are challenging old ideas that myopia is the domain of the bookish child and are instead coalescing around a new notion: that spending too long indoors is placing children at risk. “We’re really trying to give this message now that children need to spend more time outside,” says Kathryn Rose, head of orthoptics at the University of Technology, Sydney.

A Singapore poster encourages children to spend time outside to prevent myopia.
Why Is Nearsightedness Skyrocketing Among Chinese Youth?

If you walk the streets of China today, you’ll quickly notice that most young people wear glasses. In Shanghai, for instance, 86 percent of high school students suffer from myopia, or nearsightedness, according to the government’s Xinhua News Agency.

Myopia has risen quickly in much of East Asia and Southeast Asia. And researchers are still trying to pin down exactly what’s driving the epidemic.


Phyllis Logan as Alison Ross (Hannay, 1988) 

“Damn the danger! A few cowards might break up my home, but they’ll not lay a finger on me.”

So I was thinking about how there was so much focus on fathers and daughters in 5x12. Both Regina/Henry Sr. and Emma/Charming. In different ways, of course; one daughter wanted forgiveness from her father, the other daughter received constant help and assurance from her father that they were going to get back her lost love and do this together as a family.

I was also thinking about how both Adam and Eddy are fathers to daughters (or at least I know Adam is; I think Eddy has a girl too but I’m not sure) and how they’ve talked about writing the women in the show for them. At first viewing, I thought the scene with Regina and Henry Sr. was perhaps a bit too simple: she asked for forgiveness and he gave it right away and hugged her and things were all right. Then they got to part on good terms after he had met his grandson, and it was lovely. But still seemed somehow easy.

But then I started thinking about it some more. About how it was certainly a personal message from A&E to their own daughters that they weren’t ever going to stop loving them, no matter what they needed to do and what happened to them in their lives. I thought about my own dad, who sends me emails of things he thinks I would like and happily shares and brags about everything I do on Facebook and has tried many times, through many of his own incredible challenges, to help me and be there for me. It’s complicated being an adult woman living on the other side of the ocean, when I’ve had my own issues connecting with my parents like Emma (and also like Emma, I seem to do it better with my dad than with my mom.) But my dad LOVES being a dad, always has, has always told us we are the most important things in the world and can do whatever we want, and loves his daughters (he has three, so yes) very much, and in the event that I somehow messed up terribly, hurt him, and wanted to make up with him, I wouldn’t want him to ask for the laundry list of x,y,z, what have you done, what complicated plot dynamics did you execute and how was your characterization progressed.

I would just want him to hug me and forgive me.

Just like what happened last night with Regina and Henry Sr.

It’s not always about what a character “deserves.” Not always about what a character “should” do or merit.

Sometimes it’s just about this.