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Jamie 13 Mar 2017, 02:36

Dahl 12 Mar 2017, 07:08

Does anyone have the text of "in the blink of an eye" of

robert mehnert? I couldn't find it anywhere and amazon don't let me buy it :(

 10 Mar 2017, 12:27

Jane Austen was +5.0 farsighted at 40

Pretty much interesting discovery.

Gombarix 21 Jan 2016, 07:57

"The Green-Eyed Monster", a detective story from 1960 by Patrick Quentin, has a character of a nice young lady named Rosemary, with very bad eyesight and wearing strong magnifying glasses. There are some exciting descriptions of her appearance and struggling with them. You can review some extracts here:

I have read that piece in a book, where were two more stories by Quentin, and there were women wearing glasses mentioned in them, too, though in less extent. In "A Man in the Net", the protagonist's wife (about 30 years old) asks him to read something for her, because she feels embarassed to put on her reading glasses. In "Suspicion Circumstances", there is many times mentioned the protagonist's mother putting her reading glasses on and off.

Patrick Quentin was a pen name of more authors, but these particular stories were actually written by Hugh Wheeler. Does anybody here know any other GWG-moments from his work?

Le Visiteur 24 Feb 2014, 04:12

Grazie Guido

Cactus Jack 23 Feb 2014, 20:20

I vaguely remember a story, many years ago, In Analog (or Astounding) Science Fiction, where one of the characters needed a new pair of glasses. I can't recall the reason. He stepped into an Optical Shop, looked into a device, saw a green flash, and a few minutes later was handed some new glasses with his prescription.

This was years before there was such a thing as an auto-refractor. I think the time will come when an auto-refractor will be connected to a 3-D printer and it will print a new pair of glasses automatically. There are lots of problems to solve, such as how to print optically transparent lenses. Everything today is opaque or nearly so. Certainly not crystal clear, probably because of entrapped air bubbles, but who says you could not print lenses in a vacuum or submerged in a liquid.


Guido 23 Feb 2014, 19:33

Amazon,Robert Mehnert, "The Time and Again Trilogy". Especially "In the Blink of an Eye", Ch. 4.

Le Visiteur 23 Feb 2014, 11:53

Guido, about that trilogy which you referred to as "I, glasses" on 29 Jul 2012, 18:38, I've tried to search for it but cannot find anything... do you know the author's name or can you provide us with a link where we can get the text, please? Thanks a bunch!

NJ 21 Feb 2014, 17:05

Two stories come to mind. The World According to Garp, in which Garp's wife wore glasses, and there are some initial comments about how badly she needs them. And in A River Runs Through It, the mom needed glasses quite badly.

Aside from that, Chaim Potok's novels are filled with glasses-needing Jewish characters, but mostly men IIRC.

Jennifer 21 Feb 2014, 13:02

Just wanted to ask if anyone has put together a good list of novels, where the main character wears glasses? I've been searching and found several. Some authors do a good job of describing the eyesight without glasses and what the character does with the glasses. Other authors just mention it like a fashion item.

I prefer to read about men in glasses, but have been very disappointed with what's out there. My disappointment has lead me to write my own.

If there is an author out there who is publishing novels that would appeal to an OO, please let me know.

Guido 29 Jul 2012, 18:38

I recently read the first two installments of the trilogy referenced by "I, glasses". It is science fiction and deals with the perception of time and probability. Essentially, it questions whether a possibility in a time sequence can be altered. The author has as the central character a beautiful 6' female scientist who is severely myopic. The author is quite consistent in his treatment of the visual impairment, that being many references to fogged lenses, displaced glasses, ever increasing myopia. By far the most thorough description is in the .pdf sample that "I,glasses" suggests.

Guido 07 Mar 2012, 09:20

Recently I read a novel by Michael Palmer, "The Patient" wherein the primary character is a female neurosurgeon. There are a few references to her putting on her glasses or having her glasses wiped during surgery. The references would lead one to believe she would be a full time wearer. There were no prurient details about her vision or eyewear, none the less it was fun picturing her as a moderate myope.

I, Glasses 01 Mar 2012, 10:39

A Dec/2011 post referred to a novel, 'In the Blink of an Eye,' available only via e-reader, that discussed a character's myopia. Chapters 1-3 of the book are available on the author's Web site. Early in chapter 1 the lead character, Jennifer, alludes to her poor vision; but in chapter 3, there is a great deal written about her vision and its correction. If you don't have an e-reader to access the entire novel, I recommend reading at least the chapters that are available at this URL:

Astra 12 Dec 2011, 05:16

I have read some survey about Hong Kong, 85% of people aged 18-39 are myopic.

86% of aged 16-19 are myopic, in 1998.

Should not have changed much in 2011 due to the already high rate.

This rate is similar throughout East Asia, all are 60%-90%, excluding Japan.

The rate is lower in Japan. should be 50%-70% depends on age group.

RL 11 Dec 2011, 11:41

There's a novel on Kindle called "In the Blink of an Eye" (it's part of the Time and Again Trilogy) where the main character (a beautiful woman) talks about how nearsighted she is.

varifocals. 11 Dec 2011, 08:53


I read in eye scene I think that 85% of Hong Kong are myopic.

On my recent visit glasses were every where but I did not see any read thick glasses.

Olim 10 Dec 2011, 13:36

A popular girl from Hong Kong,

Whose glasses are terribly strong,

Says she's really delighted

About being short-sighted

And no one can tell her that's wrong.

Dieter 26 Nov 2010, 19:30

Right you are specs4ever. Dr Bates claimed to be able to correct all refractive errors by his exercise and relaxation techniques. I read that dumb book as a child long before I develop visual problems myself. My interest in the book was literally inspired by my obsessiveness of all things optical. I credit that crazy doctor for teaching me a lot about vision, however. The Bates techniques were something my dad practiced but abandoned. I bet that book is still on a bookshelf at his house.

specs4ever 26 Nov 2010, 15:45

It has been a long time since I read my Bate's method book, but the vague memories from my brain seem to recall Bates telling people that he coudl cure long sight as well as short sight. Are my memories correct?? I threw out the book by the way.

oscar 26 Nov 2010, 13:10


I don't think either of the things you say is accurate.

First, Huxley himself reported that his corneas were scarred when he was 16 and his vision was impaired from then on. In later life he could only read at all with strong glasses and dilated pupils.

Second, he was long-sighted, not short-sighted, as he reported and as these glasses demonstrate:

(if the link doesn't work, just do a google image search for "Aldous Huxley" and "glasses" - there are lots of pictures of him in strong plus glasses.

James 26 Nov 2010, 11:24

Aldous Huxley was not visually impaired, just extremely nearsighted. He hated wearing glasses, and was a vocal proponent of the Bates method (which, through daily exercises, claims to "cure" nearsightedness).

To demonstrate the veracity of the Bates method, Huxley read a long speech off a teleprompter without his glasses. Later, either he admitted or it was somehow determined (not sure which) that he had, in fact, just learned the entire speech off by heart, and was not reading it at all.

So much for the Bates Method.

ehpc 26 Nov 2010, 11:02

Wikipedia is written by amateurs and largely talks nonsense! Huxley I think wrote 'Brave New World' ?

still 25 Nov 2010, 22:35

Yes. He is rather well known. Supposed to be legally blind, or close to it, maybe in later life. Probably can be found in Wikipedia.

Chrissi 24 Nov 2010, 15:04

Hi, has anyone here heard of the author Aldous Huxley? I read up some things about his controversial eyesight.

(My class is going to read Brave New World in a week)

I wasn't sure where this fit in

just wondering if anyone else out there knew about that.

James 13 Nov 2010, 14:06

Meant to type "central TO THE plot".

Time for an eye test maybe.

James 13 Nov 2010, 14:04

Leave it to Psmith by PG Wodehouse makes frequent (and direct) references to various characters' eyesight, including others' perceptions of those wearing glasses, losing one's glasses etc.

In fact, the loss of a highly myopic character's glasses leads to the mistaken identity that is central plot.

Julian 28 Aug 2010, 11:59

Yes, without referring to the book I remember that somebody, not Piggy himself I think, used his glasses to light a fire, but (again as far as I remember) the author refers to his myopia. I guess those who don't know the vocabulary use the term indiscriminately for any visual defect.

Again, the cover of the first Harry Potter book shows him in glasses with lots of power rings, but nowhere in any of the books does the author say what he wore glasses for, just that he saw badly without them.

Aubrac 28 Aug 2010, 10:57


Quite right let's add something.

I haven't seen Lord of the Flies for some time and so maybe can be corrected. But I seem to remember Piggy broke his glasses, in one film he is seen wearing strong minus glasses but uses his glasses to start a fire, which would only be possible with strong plus glasses.

Am i right in this?

Julian 28 Aug 2010, 04:27

Gosh, this thread's been quiet!

I've been reading several of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole books lately, and notice that 'he' refers from time to time to his glasses. In (I think) 'Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction' somebody calls him a four-eyed git, and in another place (same book?) he mentions failing to see something and booking an eye test - but there's no mention of a visit to the optometrist or new glasses. It seems to me that the kind of neurotic guy the author shows us would have been bound to get his knickers in a twist about needing, and getting, glasses; and I'm just wondering if anyone here has read the books and can tell me when (i.e. in which book) Adrian Mole first joined the ranks of the four-eyed.

Tim 12 Dec 2009, 22:08

By the way, Chrisb, you have to remember that in the Bard's time glasses for presbyopia were rare, and ones for myopia had not been invented (or rather rediscovered - Nero reputedly had an emerald cut as a concave lens through which he watched the games in the Coliseum).

Tim 12 Dec 2009, 22:00

I do not have my Shakespeare with me here, but do recall a passage in Julius Caesar where Cassius asks someone to tell him what is in the distance, remarking "my sight was ever thick". When we staged this play at my prep school (many years ago) the part of Cassius was played by a boy who was shortsighted and normally wore quite thick glasses but for authenticity was told not to wear them on stage. I suspect the drama master was an O-O!

Chrisb 10 Dec 2009, 16:26

Shakespeare the OO ?

I cant remember if I have posted before about Shakespeare, but I am pretty obsessional about shakespeare as well as GWGs - however over years of seeing reading and watching the plays I have always been disappointed about his lack of any reference to OO. Helena in Midsummer nights dream is sometimes played with glasses but I've now come across this passage in Alls well that ends well. Helena (not the one in midsummer nights dream) is lamenting the departure of Bertram he object of her affections (unrequited) to the kings court.

Must die for love. 'Twas pretty, though a plague,

To see him every hour; to sit and draw

His arched brows, his hawking eye, his curls,

In our heart's table; heart too capable

Of every line and trick of his sweet favour:

But now he's gone, and my idolatrous fancy

Must sanctify his reliques.

Ok there are no glasses but arched brows and hawking eye is what we are about.

The bit at the start of the verse about being a plague also sums up my feeling about glasses obsession at the moment.

Pseldonymov 21 Sep 2008, 12:16

The fiction book by Elena Nesterina about a young girl with glasses:

Enjoy reading!

lentifan 18 Sep 2008, 16:45

Does anyone have any pictures of Mary Stopes-Roe? She is/was and author and daughter -in-law of the birth-control lady Marie Stopes. I read somewhere that Marie Stopes became estranged from her son because he married the short-sighted Mary with her 'ugly glasses' against his mother's wishes.

Sounds like the opposite of OO.

All4Eyes 21 Aug 2008, 11:19

It's going fairly well, I have all 37 characters given distinct personalities, a general outline formed, along with the first chapter and some incidents in the middle of the story that I need to link together. I must say it is quite a bit different and somewhat harder than writing poetry or short stories, being longer, but I guess in a way I can think of it as just a series of short stories linked together, and that makes it seem easier. It will probably be a year at least before I finish it and get it into print, though.

I ALWAYS make passes at guys who wear glasses, Marie

 18 Aug 2008, 13:46

All4Eyes-- How is your novel progressing?

All4Eyes 18 Aug 2008, 06:58

Well, this is just great, I started off by writing my own poems about glasses, but now I'm afraid I've gone a step worse-now I'm re-writing others' poems to make them about glasses! But the last line of this one practically begs for the poem to be "OO-ized (or should that be OO-eyesed?)"-I could, and have, used thousands of words to sum up our fascination with glasses, and here this guy who isn't even writng about glasses does it in just six little words! Here first is the original, as Robert intended:

Upon Julia's Clothes by Robert Herrick

When as in silks my Julia goes,

Then, then, me thinks, how sweetly flows

That liquefaction of her clothes.

Next, when I cast mine eyes and see

That brave vibration each way free;

O, how that glittering taketh me!

And now my version, with sincerest apologies to Mr. Herrick (BTW, "seeing" as how MIGs are my thing, I've masculinized Julia. It's obviously not about our Julian, though, since he's a hyperope, hence no white rings, and his glasses aren't thick):

Upon Julian's Specs by Marie

When as in specs my Julian goes,

Then, then, me thinks, how sweetly flows

Those white-ring ripples, rows and rows

Next, when I squint mine eyes and see

How thick those polished lenses be;

O, how that glittering taketh me!

I ALWAYS make passes at guys who wear glasses, Marie

lentifan 30 Jan 2008, 14:33

So what are we supposed to be looking at, Robbie?

Robbie Burns 30 Jan 2008, 14:09

All4Eyes 23 Sep 2007, 11:40

Here is my latest myopia poem, written in the same style as my previous one, “Blurry Bliss”, and specially dedicated to all the myopes who enjoy an occasional bare-eyed experience, most especially Susanne DK.

My Myopic Soft-Self

All science and statistics and rational reason

Questioning, quibbling and truth-testing theories

Adding up mass and understanding meaning

Reading ravenously every word in the world

With glasses I’m a thinker, sharp, hard, analytical, cool

As clear as my beautiful, sparkling framed jewels

So bright and so quick, I’m nobody’s fool

All handling and hearing and intense emotion

Proudly passionate and honestly open

I truthfully tell who I love and who I loathe

Feeling horny, erotic, “itchy”, full of hot, excited instincts

Without glasses I’m a feeler, fuzzy, soft, intuitive, warm

The world has a peaceful, more tender form

When what I see isn’t what some call the norm

Near(sighted)ly knowing blindness’s bliss

Gladly groping to discover details

But blessed by brilliant, scintillating sights, still

The perfectly lovely play of light, soft clouds of swirling colors

And leaning low to read a book

Clear sight requires a VERYCLOSE look

In my own little, cozy, nearsighted nook

I ALWAYS make passes at guys who wear glasses, Marie

All4Eyes 14 May 2007, 17:00

A great, sexy writer who sometimes forgets to capitalize her I's, that is. How could I, I's are EVERYTHING to me 8;-)?!

All4Eyes 14 May 2007, 16:44

Thanks, guys! i AM a great, sexy writer aren't I (and so modest, too!).

sourgrapes 11 May 2007, 17:11

Yeah. That was good, All4Eyes. Myopic Erotica. :D

lazysiow 10 May 2007, 19:42

All4Eyes that was very hot :D

JC 10 May 2007, 16:40

mesmerized by marie's magnificiant meter

joe jotted pitiful poetry upon his pad:

four-eyed freaks from frankfurt

he lusts and likes and loves

bare eyed girls appeal to him so hence

he loves to see them but never hints

his attraction to their squints

All4Eyes 10 May 2007, 15:09

OK, I know this is out of season right now, but it's my first ever glasses-poem and I just wrote it. It's in a new style of poetry that I made up (I've written a couple other poems of this type) where each verse consists of 4 lines of alliteration followed by a triplet rhyme and the title is also an alliteration (and, I'll admit it, I did need to use my spell-checker to get "alliteration" right!). It's probably a bit conceited of me to put this in the "Literature" thread, since it hasn't been published yet, but I thought this thread looked pretty lonely lately.

Blurry Bliss

Walking through a wintry world

Cold black sky, clear bright stars

Happily holding hands with my magnificent myopic man

I contemplate the concept of our eyes’ correction

Cold frames on our faces, the sweet allure

Of clear, sparkling lenses, the magical cure

For the soft and vague, squint-making blur

The warm welcome of the heated house

Greets our glasses with foggy fervor

Both of us blinded by steamy smears

We strip ourselves of our steamed-up spectacles

Now blinded by our extreme shortsight

Which most people would think a blight

We lean in close and hold on tight

Nearly nose-to-nose, as our nearsighted eyes necessitate

A few inches further, his face would be fuzzy

So small behind specs his special eyes seemed

That they look large without them, in spite of strong squinting

In the gentle, warm blur we share a kiss

Lost in a world poor emmetropes miss

The soft, sweet haze of myopic bliss

I ALWAYS make passes at guys who wear glasses, Marie

Julian 24 Aug 2006, 03:02

Sorry, but the earlier post wasn't there when I looked just now. Anyway, it's the best site I know for glasses-related fiction.

Julian 24 Aug 2006, 03:01

Nameless poster: there's a huge collection of S4E's stories (and other writers' too) on Bobby's site: .

Julian 24 Aug 2006, 01:22

Nameless poster: have you looked on Bobby's site? There are far more of S4E's stories there: Other writers' too.

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