Tuesday, July 31, 2012
They call it depth perception....
...but I call it "seeing space." At least, that's what it seems like. I'm quite new to it, actually.
Seems that my blood-sugar-level fluctuations are playing games with my vision--my eye doctor confirmed that this is so. At times, I've even been having double vision, which isn't surprising, since my eyes are not aligned correctly, thanks to Lazy Eye as a child. It's damned annoying, of course, and I don't dare drive until my vision stabilizes.
A completely unexpected plus, however, has been a slight degree of stereo vision! I noticed it this morning when, looking at part of the living room ceiling, I could see a spider web (and the dead moth hanging therein) in depth. I could see the space between it and the wall. I believe that's a first.
And, a few minutes ago, a gnat flew close to my face, and I could see it suspended in space, set off from its background. Totally weird! I can literally see the space between objects instead of having to intuit that space. To an extent, I'm seeing different objects separately instead of in total 2-D.
Seeing space/depth gives objects a presence, a kind of there-ness they otherwise lack. I can even sense how solid something is, whether it's heavy or light. I have no idea how. I didn't know that sensing mass was part of seeing in 3-D. Cosmic.
If only it would snow. I've read that snow falling in 3-D is an interesting sight, as opposed to my experience thereof, with all the snowflakes glopping together.
A sudden bout of full 3-D would probably knock me on my keister--I wouldn't know what world I was in. All I know is that the kitchen sink looks, for the moment, like something deep--and that, when I reach down in it, I can see my hand moving through space, set off from its surroundings. Seeing space, instead of having to presume it's there, is quite a trip. A trip through space....