Yesterday, I came across a blog post discussing “Glasses – or lack thereof – in books.”  While reading it, I found myself thinking “I never thought about that before” several times.  


Why don't time travelers have problems with their eyesight?

For example, I love to read books about time travel but never previously considered the fact that generally people who need vision aids in the present often suddenly seem to have perfect vision when they travel back in time.


Why do so few people wear glasses on the cover of books?

This is yet another thing that I had never really considered despite the fact that I have worn glasses since I was 7  years old – other than a brief period of time when I tried contact lenses.   It is an excellent point.   Will putting glasses on someone on the cover of a book reduce the sales of a book?


Why is it that no one seems to need to save up money for vision checkups and new glasses in books?

Another very good point.  Why did I never notice things like that when reading before?   In the Harry Potter books, we are told that

Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair, and bright green eyes. He wore round glasses held together with a lot of Scotch tape because of all the times Dudley had punched him on the nose.

Yet we never hear anything about him going to an eye doctor.   The Dursleys must have taken him or how else did he end up wearing glasses? Why don’t we ever hear Uncle Vernon complaining about the cost of having to provide glasses for Harry?

These are just some of the questions that came to me as I read the post from Fadwa at Word Wonders.    I very much enjoy reading things that make me think.    I not only thought about the points she raised in her blog but also about my own vision and glasses.



Jamey and I have both worn glasses since childhood, so our vision is not something we take for granted.
Jamey and I have both worn glasses since childhood, so our vision is not something we take for granted.


And that became the topic for today’s gratitude post as Jamey and I are both very grateful for our vision.   We are avid readers and use our computers and other electronic devices regularly.    So much that is a part of our daily lives would be much more difficult if we did not have our vision.    

(Note:  I am trying to keep this blog assisted reader friendly for those who are unable to read it directly.  That is why I have forgone many of the visual bells and whistles that some of the WordPress themes offer.)


2 thoughts on “Vision”

  1. Thanks for your thoughts on my post.

    You bring up an important point with Uncle Vernon. I am sure that he would have complained about these additional costs!

    I assume that publishers think that having a character with glasses on the cover will reduce sales. Check out how many book covers have people with glasses (not sunglasses however) on the cover. I think there are hardly any. I would buy such a book but I guess we’re not such a big focus group, which is confusing, considering glasses wearers make up a huge percentage of the population.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to visit our gratitude blog.

      The whole thing about not wearing glasses in percentages representative of the population is true not only in books but in other forms of media. How often do we see people wearing glasses on TV shows (unless it is a scientist, etc. where the glasses are meant to denote intelligence)? In advertisements – print or video?

      Glasses are usually worn as an indication of a sterotype and “normal people” (i.e., non braniacs) are shown without them.

      The thing is I have realized that I unconsciously knew this but it never really reached my conscious mind until you brought it up. Thank you for helping me to see things from a new perspective. I love to have my mind expanded like that.

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